It is definitely autumn.
The leaves are changing colors. The temperature is dropping, and the Georgia Bulldogs are climbing in the polls.
Actually UGA has even vaulted over Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide and into the No. 1 slot in the college football playoff rankings. It was shocking at first when that was announced on Tuesday, but it is all starting to make sense now for UGA.
Coach Kirby Smart and the Dogs are on a roll with an 8-0 record and blowout wins over Mississippi State (31-3), Tennessee (41-0), Missouri (53-28) and Florida (427). Georgia has also beaten Notre Dame in South Bend this season in a 20-19 eyeopener in front of a sold out house in the land of the Fighting Irish.
But Georgia is the football team that has done more winning and note taking this season. The Bulldogs deserve their No. 1 ranking. Georgia is tough to tackle and even harder to beat. The Dogs are clicking on offense with freshman quarterback Jake Fromm (13 touchdown passes), senior running back Nick Chubb (765 yards rushing, nine touchdowns) and senior tailback Sony Michel (629 yards, eight touchdowns).
The Dogs have a monster defense with senior nose tackle John Atkins (6-foot-4, 315 pounds), junior end Jonathan Ledbetter (6-foot-4, 269 pounds), senior linebacker Lorenzo Carter (6-foot-6, 242 pounds) and junior linebacker Roquan Smith (6-foot-1, 225 pounds).
Georgia is just as relentless along the offensive line with some Saturday piledrivers with redshirt junior center Lamont Gaillard, junior offensive guard Kendall Baker, redshirt freshman Soloman Kindley (6-foot-4, 226 pounds), senior tackle Isaiah Wynn and freshman tackle Andrew Thomas (6-foot-5, 320 pounds).
The Georgia Bulldogs look like a No. 1 team in the country, to Alabama’s dismay. The Crimson Tide, the defending SEC champion, is also 8-0 and is in second place in the college football playoff rankings. Alabama has won five SEC titles and four national championships during the past decade.
But the Crimson Tide is still ranked second in the playoff poll right now. Behind Georgia and Alabama in the rankings is Notre Dame (7-1) at No. 3, Clemson (71) at No. 4, Oklahoma (7-1) at No. 5, Ohio State (7-1) in the sixth spot, Penn State (71) at No. 7, the TCU Horned Frogs (7-1) at No. 8, Wisconsin (8-0) at No. 9 and the Miami Hurricanes (7-0) at No. 10.