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November 16, 2012

No. 5 Georgia adjusts to prepare for triple-option

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ATHENS —

Richt had been working hard to make sure his team doesn't look beyond these next two games, but that's going to be difficult. Georgia will be making its second straight trip to the SEC title game (and a likely meeting against No. 4 Alabama), and there's still an outside shot at slipping into the national championship race.

The Bulldogs are fifth in the BCS. They'll need to win out, pull for two of the undefeated teams to lose (from a group that includes No. 1 Oregon, No. 2 Kansas State and No. 3 Notre Dame), and hope that's enough to land them a spot in Miami.

"I don't worry about it," Richt said. "If you worry about stuff you can't control, you're really wasting your time and you're going to make yourself crazy a little bit."

Besides, it's rather stunning that Georgia finds itself in this position at all, considering its one loss was a doozy — a 35-7 blowout at South Carolina. But a favorable schedule and a big win over Florida propelled the Bulldogs to another SEC East title.

Now, they've got a chance to sneak in the back door for a shot at the biggest prize at all.

"I haven't talked to (the players) about it," Richt said. "We just talk about focusing on Georgia Southern. I don't know how often they look at that or think about that."

Georgia Southern (8-2) claimed a share of the Southern Conference championship and will be doing some scoreboard-watching of its own. If The Citadel beats Furman, the Eagles will get the league's automatic berth in the FCS playoffs.

Monken hopes the triple-option gives his team at least a fighting chance against the Bulldogs.

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