Why It Matters If Georgia Is Ranked No. 1 or No. 2
UGA occupies the top spot in the inaugural 2017 College Football Playoff rankings, followed by No. 2 Alabama, Notre Dame at No. 3 and Clemson fourth.
Georgia checking in at No. 1 led to a number of UGA fans wishing the Dawgs had been ranked second – to avoid “the noise”- or had fans saying “rankings don’t matter, just keep winning.”
First, Kirby Smart and his team can handle the “noise”. It is the fans’ job to cheer, gloat a bit and enjoy the ride. As a lifelong Georgia fan, you bet your butt I’m going to enjoy this No. 1 ranking considering what we’ve endured over the past three decades of going 9-3.
Well said, @DawgsOnTop1980.
Next, If you think it does not matter if Georgia is ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 at the regular season’s end, you are misinformed.
Here’s a hypothetical for you – Georgia runs the table and enters the SEC Championship Game ranked No. 1 and with a 12-0 record. But, the Dawgs lose a close one to Alabama, say 32-28 like in 2012. If UGA is No. 1 and they lose such a game, they will likely drop to 3 or 4 — but still in the playoffs.
On the other hand, if Georgia enters the Championship Game 12-0 ranked No. 2, and suffers the same close loss to a No. 1 Alabama, it’s a different scenario. A close loss may force the same 3-position drop in the polls and and it’s goodbye playoffs. Yes, Georgia’s head-to-head win over the Irish should give UGA the nod, but I’d rather not leave that in the hand’s of the committee.
Being No. 1 is nice. Embrace the ride; we deserve it.