Richt glad tie breaking rule was changed

ATHENS -- Georgia coach Mark Richt said Sunday he's glad SEC athletic directors decided last week to eliminate voting as a tie breaking method, but he doesn't think it's going to matter anyway.

On Friday, league officials changed the seventh divisional tie-breaker, taking out the athletic director's vote and replacing it with BCS rankings.

So, if the Bulldogs, Tennessee and Florida win the remainder of their league games, the team highest in the BCS will play in the SEC Championship Game unless the second-highest ranked team is within five spots of the highest-ranked team and won that head-to-head matchup.

"I'm glad that some kind of decision was made in that regard and everybody knows what it is and what they're shooting for," Mark Richt said.

The official BCS rankings won't be released until today, but Sunday's projections indicated Georgia (7-2, 4-2 SEC) would win the division if the season ended today. Internet analyst Rich Tellshow's projected ranking, traditionally one of the most accurate, shows Tennessee at No. 7, Georgia at No. 8 and Florida at No. 15.

With those standings, Georgia would go thanks to its head-to-head win over the Volunteers. Florida's defeat of Georgia wouldn't come into play because it's more than five spots behind the Bulldogs.

On Sunday, Richt referred to it as "a tiebreaker system that will probably never be used."

"We have to bear down on one game and one game only or all that other stuff won't matter," he said.

That game is against Auburn (6-3, 4-1 SEC) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in Sanford Stadium.

The Bulldogs, who moved from No. 9 to No. 7 in the Associated Press Top 25 despite not playing Saturday, beat the Tigers to clinch the division championship last year but haven't beaten them twice in a row since 1991-92. Georgia hasn't beaten Auburn in Athens since 1991, a streak that baffles Richt.

"That's really surprising to me," he said. "I didn't think it was that long. I don't know what the answer to that one is. Hopefully, we'll have an answer on Saturday."

Auburn's 24-17 win over Georgia in 2001 was the Bulldogs' last home loss. They have won 12 straight since. Richt is well aware of that record's history. He pointed out Sunday that only one of Georgia's 11 SEC Championship teams has lost a home game. That loss came to North Carolina (21-14) in 1948.

"It's very important to win at home," he said.

NOTES: Guard Bartley Miller (shoulder) remains doubtful for Saturday's game. Running back Tyson Browning (knee) is questionable. Richt said he expects Browning back this season but doesn't know if it will be this week. Guard Josh Brock (shoulder) and defensive tackle Gerald Anderson (knee) are probable. Richt said he expects Brock back at practice today. Anderson could return today or Tuesday, Richt said.

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