ATLANTA — When it comes to Georgia's consecutive wins against Florida, Mark Richt is more focused on the implications for this year's race in the Southeastern Conference than any historical significance.
In fact, the coach seemed surprised Sunday when asked what it meant that his Bulldogs had beaten the Gators in two straight years for the first time since 1988-89.
"I just don't look at it that way," Richt said after a long pause. "I just look at it as we play them once a year. One shot a year to get them. I always think about when we get to that game it has the type of meaning that it did have. You hope you're still in the race when you get to that game because it is deep enough into the season that you want it to be meaningful in the Eastern Division race for your team."
Saturday's 17-9 win over the Gators certainly was an important victory for Georgia, which can win the division and earn its second straight trip to the conference championship game if it beats Mississippi and Auburn the next two weeks. The Bulldogs host Ole Miss on Saturday.
Richt said his players also are focused on a return to the SEC championship game in Atlanta. He said linebacker Jarvis Jones' thoughts turned to Ole Miss soon after he had 13 tackles, three sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries against Florida.
"Jarvis Jones said this victory really doesn't mean anything unless we keep winning," Richt said. "Of course he's talking about the race to the Eastern Division. We know we've got to win. We know we've got to continue to play like we did this last game to really give us our best chance."