Georgia was No. 5 in the first Bowl Championship Series poll released Monday evening, matching its spot in The Associated Press Top 25 and the coaches poll.
"It's nice to be ranked in the BCS; it means you're top 15 at least,'' said Georgia coach Mark Richt before practice Monday night.
Added Richt: "One week can knock you right out of the BCS. It's just so early for us to be worried about that. I don't think it will be much of a motivating factor for our players right now.''
Georgia (7-0 overall, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) will play at Kentucky (5-2 overall, 1-2 SEC) Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in a game to be televised by CBS. If Georgia wins at Kentucky and then beats Florida, it will lock up a spot in the Dec. 7 Southeastern Conference championship game in Atlanta, no matter how it fares in its remaining conference games against Mississippi and Auburn.
Even if Georgia finishes 12-0 in the regular season and wins the SEC championship game, there is no guarantee it will finish in the top two in the BCS and compete for the national championship. Oklahoma, Miami, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech are the top four teams in the BCS.
"You can't concern yourself with it,'' said Georgia senior offensive guard Kevin Breedlove. "It's always flattering if you get ranked high, but things can change after one Saturday.''