Georgia will spend the first week of the 2008 regular season the same way we spent the last week of the 2007 regular season: looking up at a team jumping us in the polls. The coaches dropped Georgia to No. 2 this week behind USC. No other team went backwards without a loss. (Update: Same for the AP: No. 2. Ohio State is only nine votes behind us.)
So the pole position that we enjoyed with that preseason ranking got obliterated about midway through the second quarter in Charlottesville. Thanks, Wahoos. Now Georgia will need a dominating win in front of a national TV audience too and we need it now. I would nominate South Carolina, but the performance in Columbia is only important if USC gets beat at home by Ohio State. Otherwise, the national media all but gives the Trojans a spot in Miami. If they win, USC is pretty well cemented at the top of the polls until they lose. We become simply one of the many teams vying to be their likely opponent.