After 12 weeks of football, the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Football Coaches Poll was updated and Georgia, who held a 16-6 away win over Kentucky, remains No. 1, with Ohio State at No. 2 and Michigan at No. 3. Georgia received 59 Votes in first place, while Ohio State got one and Michigan got two. Tennessee fell six spots to No. 11, North Carolina fell six spots to No. 17, Ole Miss fell five spots to No. 19, and Oregon State entered the top 25 at No. 22.
USA Today Week 13 Coach Poll
1. Georgia Bulldogs (61)
2. Ohio State Horse Chestnuts (1)
3. Michigan Wolverines (2)
4. TCU Horned Frogs
5. USC Trojans
6. LSU Tigers
7. Crimson Tide of Alabama
8. Clemson tiger
9. Oregon ducks
10 Penn State Nittany Lions
11. Tennessee Volunteers
12. Washington Huskies
13. Wildcats of the State of Kansas
15. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
16. Florida State Seminoles
17. Tar heels from North Carolina
19. Ole Miss Rebels
20. Green Wave from Tulane
21. Cincinnati bear cats
22. Oregon State Beavers
23. Chanticleers on the Carolina Coast
24. Texas Longhorns
25. Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners
After building a 16-point lead against Kentucky in the third quarter of Saturday’s game, the Georgia Bulldogs held out late to ensure they would go home with another hard-fought SEC win.
No. 1 Georgia held off a late rally in Kentucky by making crucial stops on the Wildcats’ final two drives to secure a 16-6 win on the road. Points were hard to come by that night for the Bulldogs, who ultimately found three Jack Podlesny field goals and a Kenny McIntosh rushing touchdown to surpass Kentucky.
As a result of Saturday’s action, Georgia beat Kentucky for a 13th straight season and sealed an undefeated record in this season’s SEC game, only the 11th in program history.
“I was really proud of our guys tonight with the resilience and composure and toughness they showed,” Kirby Smart said after the game. “We knew it was going to be that type of game. We’ve been talking about this all week. We actually showed clips from the last time we came here in terms of the number of snaps played and the shrinking of the game, which I think was a smart tag to keep the game tight and decrease the number of possessions . Under these conditions you will play games like this. Really proud of it as our boys had their backs to the wall as they struggled in what they do. Certainly could have played better in the red area. We could have stopped some drives defensively where we gave them some conversions and penalties and stuff. I give a lot of credit to Kentucky for recovering and being a really physical football team. We won line of scrimmage tonight which we had to do.
Georgia will now prepare to host Georgia Tech, with kick-off set for Noon ET and ESPN to televise the game.
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