Georgian football remains No. 1 in Week 13 coaches’ poll

After 12 weeks of football, the The USA TODAY Sports AFCA Football Coaches poll has been updated and Georgia, who held a 16-6 away win over Kentucky, remains No. 1, with Ohio State at No. 2 and Michigan at No. 3. Georgia received 59 Votes in first place, while Ohio State got one and Michigan got two. Tennessee fell six spots to No. 11, North Carolina fell six spots to No. 17, Ole Miss fell five spots to No. 19, and Oregon State entered the top 25 at No. 22.

USA Today Week 13 Coach Poll

1. Georgia Bulldogs (61)

2. Ohio State Horse Chestnuts (1)

3. Michigan Wolverines (2)

4. TCU Horned Frogs

5. USC Trojans

6. LSU Tigers

7. Crimson Tide of Alabama

8. Clemson tiger

9. Oregon ducks

10 Penn State Nittany Lions

11. Tennessee Volunteers

12. Washington Huskies

13. Wildcats of the State of Kansas

14. Utah-Utes

15. Notre Dame Fighting Irish

16. Florida State Seminoles

17. Tar heels from North Carolina

18. UCLA-Bruins

19. Ole Miss Rebels

20. Green Wave from Tulane

21. Cincinnati bear cats

22. Oregon State Beavers

23. Chanticleers on the Carolina coast

24. Texas Longhorns

25. Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners

After building a 16-point lead against Kentucky in the third quarter of Saturday’s game, the Georgia Bulldogs held out long to ensure they would go home with another hard-fought SEC win.

No. 1 Georgia held off a late rally in Kentucky by making crucial stops on the Wildcats’ final two drives to secure a 16-6 win on the road. Points were hard to come by that night for the Bulldogs, who ultimately found three Jack Podlesny field goals and a Kenny McIntosh rushing touchdown to surpass Kentucky.

As a result of Saturday’s action, Georgia beat Kentucky for a 13th straight season and sealed an undefeated record in this season’s SEC game, only the 11th in program history.

“I was really proud of our guys tonight with the resilience and composure and toughness they showed,” Kirby Smart said after the game. “We knew it was going to be that type of game. We’ve been talking about this all week. We actually showed clips from the last time we came here in terms of the number of snaps played and the shrinking of the game, which I think was a smart tag to keep the game tight and decrease the number of possessions . Under these conditions you will play games like this. Really proud of it as our boys had their backs to the wall as they struggled in what they do. Sure could have played better in the red. We could have stopped some rides defensively where we gave them some conversions and penalties and stuff. I give a lot of credit to Kentucky for recovering and being a really physical football team. We won line of scrimmage tonight which we had to do.

Georgia will now prepare to host Georgia Tech, with kick-off set for Noon ET and ESPN to televise the game.

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