Georgia rises in latest AP poll

Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart congratulates place kicker William Ham after scoring a field goal against the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome Saturday September 3, 2016. Ham missed his first attempt earlier in the game. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

Georgia’s come-from-behind 33-24 victory against North Carolina on Saturday night helped the Bulldogs surge in the polls, rising nine spots to  No. 9 in the AP media poll and seven spots to No. 9 in the coaches poll Tuesday afternoon.

UGA entered the weekend ranked No. 18 in the AP poll and No. 16 in the coaches poll.

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After leading 14-10 at halftime, the Bulldogs trailed 24-14 more than midway through the third quarter against the Tar Heels before they scored nine points in the final 1:19 of the quarter to cut the lead to 24-23.

Georgia took the lead 26-24 on a 29-yard field goal by William Ham with 5:27 to play in the game.

This marks the first time Georgia has appeared in the top 10 since Sept. 28 of last year. The Bulldogs were No. 8 in the AP and No. 6 in the coaches poll that week, then lost to Alabama and fell to No. 19 in the AP and No. 16 in the coaches poll. A week later Georgia lost at Tennessee, and fell completely out of both rankings. (They never returned to the AP poll last season, but did get back into the coaches a few times, never higher than No. 23.)

Georgia has now been ranked in the top 10 at some point five consecutive seasons. The highest they’ve reached the previous four years:

2012: No. 3 (the week before the SEC championship)

2013: No. 5 (preseason)

2014: No. 6 (Sept. 7)

2015: No. 7 (Sept. 21)

The AP and coaches polls will be released on Sundays going forward. They were delayed until Tuesday this week because of the Sunday and Monday games, including Monday night’s Florida State win over Ole Miss.

The Bulldogs take on Nicholls State at noon Saturday on the SEC Network.

 

 

 

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