Dawgs Slip in Polls to #2

ATHENS – Georgia's run as the nation's top team ended after just one week – and the Bulldogs didn't have to lose a game to lose their No. 1 ranking.

Southern California passed Georgia in both the AP and Coaches polls, which were announced Tuesday. USC toppled Virginia on the road 52-7, while Georgia allowed 21 points to Georgia Southern in a win at Sanford Stadium on Saturday.

"Obviously they did play better than us that day," cornerback Bryan Evans said. "But we still have 11 more games to play, and until we lose a game and get knocked down, we're right where we need to be at."

The Bulldogs trail USC by 33 points in the AP poll and 20 in the Coaches poll.

Ohio State, which beat Youngstown State 43-0 on Saturday remains at No. 3 in both polls, but will take on USC in Los Angeles on Sept. 13. The winner of that game was likely to pass Georgia in the polls at the point had the standings not changed this week.

Still, the lingering memories of last season, in which the Bulldogs fell just short of a shot at the BCS national championship, makes this year's ranking prime motivation for the team.

"Last year's poll, we thought we should've been playing for the title," Evans said. "It's not too much of a difference because we're still undefeated, but hopefully we won't keep moving down without getting beat."

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