Richt whistled and laughed when told of the ranking. "Eight, huh? I hope they're right,'' he said. "I hope they're right.'' Added Richt, who posted an 8-4 record in his 2001 debut season with Georgia: "We really haven't done anything to deserve that ranking. We'll just hook it up and play. ... It's just putting a pretty good sized target on your back.'' Georgia opens at home against Clemson on Aug. 31. The 7:45 p.m. game will be televised by ESPN.
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