Georgia no longer ranked No. 1 in ESPN's Top 25 rankings
The Georgia Bulldogs defeated the Kent State Golden Flashes 39-22 Saturday, but ESPN’s Football Power Index wasn’t too impressed.
In fact, the FPI dropped Georgia down 2 spots to No. 3. Alabama regained the No. 1 ranking after torching Vanderbilt, while Ohio State jumped to No. 2 after its blowout win over Wisconsin.
Brock Bowers was one of the lone bright spots for Georgia Saturday, as he combined for 137 yards and 2 touchdowns receiving and rushing, and he continues his march to New York for the Heisman ceremony as one of college football’s elite players.
In other areas of Georgia’s game, however, it was a struggle. The Bulldogs committed 3 turnovers in the first half. Ladd McConkey muffed a punt that was recovered by Kent State, and he also fumbled on a run after the catch that was recovered by the Golden Flashes. Kent State scored on both of those turnovers. Stetson Bennett also threw a first-half interception.
Kirby Smart told ESPN after the game, “We needed this.” Georgia’s head coach hadn’t seen his team handle any adversity after outscoring opponents 130-10 in the first 3 weeks.
Georgia’s schedule, however, sets up well with unranked opponents — Missouri, Auburn, Vanderbilt and likely Florida — in the next 4 games. Ranked opponents — Tennessee and Kentucky — stand between UGA and another SEC Championship berth.