After Coaches' Poll Dawgs' Chances are slim

ATHENS – Georgia's shot at the national championship seems to have disappeared thanks to the Coaches' Poll.

The Bulldogs were holding out hope that the USA Today Coaches' Poll would go more in their favor, but they finished fourth behind Ohio State, LSU and Oklahoma. While Ohio State moved up without playing, the Bulldogs were jumped by the Tigers and Sooners, who both won conference championships Saturday. Now the Bulldogs seem destined for New Orleans, but not for the National Championship Game, but instead for the Sugar Bowl.

The Dawgs didn't get much help from the computers, either. Jeff Sagarin's computer poll, one of several taken into consideration by the BCS, had the Bulldogs seventh behind several programs including the three mentioned above.

While Georgia's hopes for the National Championship Game seem dead its shot at the Sugar seems all but certain. Still, while the Sugar Bowl seems the most likely destination as of Sunday afternoon it's not a lock yet.

Illinois seemed like a lock to move into the required 14th slot, but they are only ranked 13th in the USA Today Coaches' Poll and are ranked 19st in Sagarin's computer poll. Illinois must be in the top 14 of the BCS in order to be invited to a BCS game. If invited Illinois would likely play USC in the Rose bowl. That would likely send Hawaii to play the Bulldogs in New Orleans.

Also, should LSU get jumped by Oklahoma, which is possible, but seems unlikely, Georgia would then be forced away from the Sugar into another bowl game.

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