Richt: Dawgs Deserve National Title Game

Mark Richt

ATLANTA – Georgia head coach Mark Richt began his lobbying early Sunday night.

In fact, Richt was on ESPN's SportsCenter shortly after 12 a.m. Sunday making his case for the Bulldogs to play in the BCS national championship game on Jan. 7 in New Orleans. That became a possibility late Saturday when BCS No. 1 Missouri and No. 2 West Virginia both lost.

Georgia (10-2) was ranked No. 4 in the BCS rankings heading into the weekend so if the voting stays its course and No. 3 Ohio State and the Bulldogs would move up to the top two spots and play for the title.

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However, there is a feeling that poll voters might move LSU or even USC ahead of the Bulldogs because Georgia did not win its conference championship and both of those teams did.

"The rules state that you do not have to be a conference champion," Richt said in a 12:30 a.m. teleconference with reporters. "That's something (people) to harp on right now, but thethe bottom line is, ‘Do you think Georgia is one of the two best teams in the country right now?' And I think we."

Richt pointed out that the Bulldogs have won six straight games, beat four ranked teams and beat eight teams which are bowl eligible. He also said his team has found its stride now that its three freshman starters on the offensive line have matured.

Richt pointed out that Georgia beat Florida by double digits.

"I know of another team that took about four or five going for it on fourth downs to do it," Richt said, talking about LSU.

He also pointed out his team held Kentucky to 13 points and the Wildcats beat the Tigers.

"Going into today we were ranked No. 4 in the BCS, and (the voters) ranked us there for a reason," he said. "They believed we belong there. Everybody knew before this weekend that we were not going to win the conference championship but even so they voted us ahead of other people who could be conference champions. They voted us, for a reason and I don't know why that would change right now."

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