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
"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
stuff won't matter," he said.
That game is against Auburn (6-3, 4-1 SEC) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in
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.
Richt glad tie breaking rule was changed
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