Dawgs check in at #5

Posted Oct 2, 2005

ATHENS – Without any effort at all, Georgia moved back into the Associated Press top five on Sunday. It will take something else entirely to stay there.

The No. 5 Bulldogs (4-0, 2-0 SEC) play No. 8 Tennessee (3-1, 2-1) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn. The game will be televised by CBS.

“We’re going to find out Saturday if we belong there,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “That’s the thing about the polls this early, regardless of where you are, you have to keep winning to move up or stay up. I don’t know if we’re worthy of that yet. We’ll find out a little more this weekend.”

The Volunteers knocked Georgia out of the top five last season. The Bulldogs were 4-0 and ranked No. 3 in the nation heading into last year’s game, which Tennessee won 19-14 in Athens. Georgia hasn’t been ranked that high in the AP poll since.

The Bulldogs moved from No. 7 to No. 5 at the expense of two other SEC schools. LSU fell from No. 4 to No. 11 after a week in which it lost to Tennessee and beat Mississippi State. Florida fell from No. 5 to No. 13 after it was whipped Saturday by Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Georgia had its first open date of the season this weekend, meaning it will have two weeks to get ready for the Volunteers.

“If nothing else, it gives you a little more time to think through what you want to do,” Richt said.

The Bulldogs also are No. 5 this week in the Harris Poll.

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