"We had a spirited practice, very competitive groups with a high level of energy," said Richt.
When asked what was the biggest difference between this year's team and last year's squad, Richt said it comes down to winning the close games.
"We haven't won most of the close games this year, and if we did, we would be 8-2 or 9-1," said Richt. "There are always going to be close games. It's a fine line, if you do win them, you're winning and ranked in the top five, top 10, and if you don't, you are where we are now. We're not that far away."