Georgia’s Kirby Smart On Polls: Means Nothing Right Now
Now that Georgia is ranked No. 1 in the season’s first College Football Playoff poll, head coach Kirby Smart doesn’t seem too impressed..
During an SEC Conference Call, Smart, who has stressed that the next game is all his staff and players are focused on, stated, “It really means nothing right now. It’s really nothing more than a distraction more than anything. And our kids realize that.”
After the Florida victory, Smart talked about how it’s a challenge every week to stay focused in the SEC.
“All of the other stuff is a distraction,” Smart said. “The focus is South Carolina. That’s a challenge in and of itself. We focus on the challenge in front of us, not the one that exists around us.”
The SEC’s Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide finished one and two in this week’s poll. They were followed by No. 3 Notre Dame (with a 20-19 loss to Georgia) and No. 4 Clemson (7-1).
Smart realizes that the publicity created by the polls and media attention is beneficial to Georgia and college football as well. Controlling those expectations and staying in the present is what concerns the second-year head coach.
“It’s built to generate ratings and generate publicity for our sport,” Smart stated. “But our focus and attention is on South Carolina.”
The Dawgs host the 6-2 Gamecocks at 3:30 p..m. ET on Saturday. The game is nationally televised on CBS.