Georgia is 6-0, No. 1 in the AP Top 25, No. 2 in the Coaches Poll, and coming off a 42-10 home win over Auburn. ESPN touched on the Bulldogs this week, including its latest predictions for the College Football Playoff. Georgia, Alabama, and Ohio State got all 14 votes, with Clemson getting 11 votes, and Michigan, USC, and Oregon each getting one vote. Georgia was the No. 1 seed on six ballots, the No. 2 seed on six ballots, and the No. 3 seed on two ballots. The Allstate Playoff Predictor gave Georgia the third-highest percent chance of making the CFP, at 68 percent, up from 64 percent last week. Ohio State is first at 81 percent, followed by Alabama at 80 percent, Clemson fourth at 50 percent, and Michigan at 37 percent.
In their bowl projectionsKyle Bonagura and Mark Schlabach now both projects Georgia advanced to the CFP Semifinals at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against Clemson. Both also have the Dawgs facing Alabama once again in the CFP National Championship Presented by AT&T.
Bonagura: The process remains pretty simple. Alabama and Georgia both clearly deserve to be in the top four, and they won’t play each other in the national semifinals. There’s no clear distinction between Alabama and Georgia at this point, but the defending champion Bulldogs have the best win (Oregon 49-3) and played better this week (beating Auburn 42-10), which is good enough to give them the edge for now
Schlabach: I moved Georgia back in front of Alabama — for now — after the Crimson Tide struggled to put away Texas A&M 24-20 at home Saturday night. Georgia’s offense looked much better in the second half of its 42-10 victory against Auburn at home.
Bill Connelly’s updated SP+ rankings have Georgia remaining at No. 3 but his Résumé SP+ has them at No. 2.
It is a look at two things: (1) how the average SP+ top-five team would be projected to perform against your schedule (in terms of scoring margin); and (2) how your scoring margin compares to (1). Throw in a seven-point penalty for every loss a team has suffered, and you can say that this is what the CFP rankings would look like if SP+ were in charge.
(Note: Because of the high bar teams have to clear in getting compared to an average top-five team, and because of the loss adjustment, almost every team here ends up with a negative score. It is what it is.)
This week’s top 10:
1. Ohio State (6-0): +8.4 PPG
2. Georgia (6-0): +5.8
3. Alabama (6-0): +4.3
4. Tennessee (6-0): -1.2
5. Ole Miss (6-0): -4.0
6. Michigan (6-0): -4.5
7. TCU (5-0): -6.6
8. USC (6-0): -7.6
9. James Madison (5-0): -7.6
10. Clemson (6-0): -8.9
In the AP Top 25 reactionsESPN said of Georgia:
Halfway through the 2022 season, Georgia still seems to be figuring out who it is on offense. Coach Kirby Smart wanted to open up the passing game in the opener against Oregon, and the Bulldogs were firing on all cylinders. But then receiver Adonai Mitchell joined Arian Smith on the injured list, and the Bulldogs couldn’t produce many explosive plays down the field. The second half of Saturday’s 49-10 victory against Auburn might prove to be a blueprint for what’s next. Georgia ran for 292 yards, with freshman Branson Robinson running for 98 yards with one score and Daijun Edwards gaining 83 yards with three scores. Georgia’s offensive line wore the Tigers down and pushed them around in the final two quarters. — Mark Schlabach
Georgia fell to No. 2 in the ESPN Power Rankings after Week 6.
For two quarters on Saturday, it looked like defending national champion Georgia would slog its way through another closer-than-expected victory against an overmatched opponent. The Bulldogs punted on their first two possessions and missed a 47-yard field goal on the third. Quarterback Stetson Bennett was missing open receivers, and Georgia converted only three of its first 10 third-down plays. The Bulldogs took advantage of Auburn’s failed fake punt to grab a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter and opened up a 14-point advantage at the half. Finally, things started clicking for Georgia’s offense in the second half. Bennett scored on a 62-yard run and finished with 208 yards on 22 of 32 passing in a 42-10 rout of the Tigers. Georgia had 500 yards of offense, including 292 on the ground, and its offense started to look like the unit that was so impressive in the first three games this season — Mark Schlabach
The Dawgs are now preparing to take on Vanderbilt at home, with kickoff set for 3:30 pm ET and the SEC Network set to televise the game.