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Loss vs. Michigan State, 30-33 (3OT) in Outback Bowl—Down 4
While it is very rare for a four-loss team to have a spot in the Top 15 of the final rankings, the Georgia Bulldogs are a rare example of a team that deserves a spot that high. While the Bulldogs did lose four games, all four of them came against teams ranked in the Top 11: No. 8 Boise State, No. 9 South Carolina, No. 2 LSU in the SEC Championship and finally No. 11 Michigan State in the Outback Bowl.
The Outback Bowl loss, a game in which they relinquished a 16-point halftime lead, was a big disappointment and dropped them a few spots in the final rankings, but given the difficulty of the schedule they played, they still earned a top-15 spot.
The Bulldogs cannot be penalized for their loss to LSU in the SEC Championship, a game in which they earned a berth and as a result, earned a game against a far superior opponent.
While the Bulldogs did not record any victories over teams ranked in the final Top 25, they do have their share of strong wins over Florida, Auburn, and Georgia Tech. Playing in a tough SEC, the Bulldogs managed to win 10 consecutive games, bookended by two losses at the start and end of the season, against the four toughest teams they played.
Taking into consideration the strength of their schedule, the Bulldogs earned the 14th spot in the final rankings.