Hard to know which Bowl for Dawgs

ATHENS – When Tennessee kept Georgia out of the SEC championship game with a four-overtime victory over Kentucky, Rennie Curran decided there must be a reason for it.

"Maybe something bigger is out there for us," the Bulldogs' freshman linebacker said.

Not likely, but maybe. One day after beating Georgia Tech 31-17 in Atlanta, Georgia moved toNo. 4 in the Associated Press poll and, more importantly, in the BCS rankings.

The way the rankings sit now, Georgia (10-2) is guaranteed a spot in one of the five BCS games. The chance even remains the Bulldogs could play for the BCS national title.

For that to happen, Missouri would have to lose to Oklahoma and West Virginia would have to lose to Pittsburgh on Saturday. Even then, there would be no guarantees.

"Everybody was predicting all these other scenarios, but they all blew up," Georgia head coach Mark Richt said. "There's always a chance… but I'm not going to get my hopes too high."

Georgia athletics director Damon Evans will spend his week sharing the Bulldogs' merits with bowl representatives and is willing to guarantee the school's fans will buy up their ticket allotment to any bowl game, regardless of geography, he said.

"I have no reservations whatsoever," he said. "The Bulldog Nation travels well. Our fans will be excited to go to the Rose Bowl or the Orange Bowl or the Fiesta Bowl. I know (the fans) will back us as they always do."

Richt would like to go to the Rose Bowl because he's never been before, he said, but the Bulldogs will be happy with wherever they find themselves during the first week of the new year.

"We'll be thankful for anything we get," Richt said. "We're just glad to be where we are right now."

None of the Bulldogs begrudged Tennessee its title. Both teams finished with 6-2 records in the SEC. Georgia can claim a share of the division title, but the Volunteers head to Atlantathanks to their 35-14 win over the Bulldogs on Oct. 6. "How many games did they come back from the dead and win?" Richt asked.

Freshman safety Reshad Jones said the Volunteers deserved the Eastern Conference crown.

"They've been working hard just like we have," he said.

Still, there is a feeling among many of the Bulldogs that they could play with anybody in the conference and the country after winning six straight games to finish the season. Georgia's margin of victory in its last five games has been more than two touchdowns.

"We can hang with anybody," Curran said. "Our defense can shut down anybody I think, and our offense is great at moving the ball and putting up points. I think we could do that against any team in the SEC so if we're not the best, we're right up there."

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