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Davin Bellamy (right) and Lorenzo Carter of Georgia celebrate after a 20-19 win over Notre Dame at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind., on Saturday.

2017 SEC Country Power Poll: Where Georgia is ranked (Week 2)

Cy Brown

Georgia traveled to South Bend, Ind., for the first time in the regular season and came away with a win, beating Notre Dame, 20-19, on Saturday. Along with the victory, the Bulldogs also got a boost in the SEC Country Power Poll.

The 2017 SEC Country Power Poll, consisting of 27 voters from across the country, placed Georgia in the No. 3 spot, an improvement over its No. 4 ranking in Week 1. Georgia moved ahead of Auburn, which lost to Clemson in Week 2.

Although the Bulldogs suffered from mental mistakes all Saturday night — including 12 penalties for a total of 127 yards — they were able to eke out the 1-point win thanks to a lights-out display from the defense. Notre Dame finished with 265 total yards and 55 rushing yards. Outside linebacker Davin Bellamy iced the game with a sack and forced fumble on Irish quarterback Brandon Wimbush with 1 minute, 30 seconds left on the clock.

But the story of the win was Georgia’s traveling fan base. A throng of Bulldog fans descended on South Bend, turning Notre Dame Stadium into a sea of red and black. Georgia coach Kirby Smart said the presence of Georgia fans made the game easier for freshman quarterback Jake Fromm and negated the typical disadvantages the Bulldogs see on the road in the SEC.

“I’m proud of our fans,” Smart said, according to Chip Towers of DawgNation. “Proud of the fact that they came out. The video shots I saw from Chicago before the game and the takeover when we got here, that played a role in this game. So, we never felt like it was so much of a road game. I mean, there were times our quarterback was able to go on his own cadence. You don’t usually get to do on the road. You don’t get to do it on the road in the SEC; the fan base don’t let you do that. We were able to go with ours, and I thought a lot of it had to do with the red and black.”

Your Week 2 Power Poll rankings

Results are below:

RANK TEAM POINTS 1ST PLACE
VOTES
PREVHIGH
VOTE
LOW
VOTE
1Alabama (3 - 0)35127111
2LSU (2 - 1)3110324
3Georgia (3 - 0)2960424
4Auburn (2 - 1)2650227
5South Carolina (2 - 1)2380527
6Tennessee (2 - 1)18906413
7Florida (1 - 1)18408413
8Mississippi State (3 - 0)15709513
9Arkansas (1 - 1)12307313
10Kentucky (3 - 0)93010714
11Vanderbilt (3 - 0)90013613
12Ole Miss (2 - 1)77012714
13Texas A&M (2 - 1)59011814
14Missouri (1 - 2)24014914

This week's voters:

Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Andrew Astleford (SEC Country)
Ben Wolk (SEC Country)
Blake Morgan
Brandon Walker (SEC Country)
Chip Towers (DawgNation)
Chris Kirschner (SEC Country)
Christopher Walsh (SEC Country)
Eric Bolin (SEC Country)
Hale McGranahan (SEC Country)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley
Kyle Tucker (SEC Country)
Lauren Shute (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Bambach
Mike Griffith (SEC Country)
Nick Suss
Pete Scantlebury
Ryan Young
Sam Spiegelman
Seth Emerson (DawgNation)
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)


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