Georgia Football: 4 Teams Poised to Help the Bulldogs' BCS Ranking

Brian Jones@Brian_L_JonesContributor IOctober 20, 2013

Oct 12, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; The Georgia Bulldogs student section during the game against the Missouri Tigers during the second half at Sanford Stadium. Missouri defeated Georgia 41-26. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

After losing to Vanderbilt on Saturday afternoon, the Bulldogs now have a 3-2 record in the SEC, which makes their chance to reach the SEC Championship game and BCS game more difficult.

So, what do they need to do in order to get back into the BCS picture?

The first thing is they can’t worry about what the other teams in the conference are doing. The Bulldogs have to virtually win the rest of their games in order to have a legitimate shot at the BCS title.

But the second thing they have to do is acquire help from a few teams in order to get back in the SEC East race. Missouri has a two game lead in the East, so the Bulldogs need to hope they have a slip up or three. But again, the Bulldogs have to win the rest of their conference games, or their season will be over.

Here are four teams that could help the Bulldogs' BCS ranking.

Missouri Tigers

But wait, the Bulldogs want the Tigers to lose three of their next five conference games so they could have a shot at the SEC title game.

The reality is that won’t likely happen, but if Georgia were to win the rest of its games and Missouri wins out and wins the SEC championship, that would put the Bulldogs in good position to possibly play in a BCS game.

Current SEC East Standings
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But other factors will play into that, and that has to do with how the rest of the SEC West will shape out.

Texas A&M

If the Bulldogs want to play for the SEC Championship game, they will need the Tigers to lose a few conference games, and the team that could give the Tigers a run for their money is the Aggies of Texas A&M.

The Aggies and the Tigers will do battle in the season finale, and Johnny Manziel wants to finish the season strong.

Other than the game against LSU, the Aggies should have a shot of winning the rest of their games after losing to Auburn. But if they win out, including the game against LSU, and face a Missouri team that has suffered a couple of losses beforehand, it will set up beautifully for the Bulldogs if they take care of their business along the way.

Ole Miss

Another team Missouri will have to face down the road is the Rebels, who are coming off a huge win against LSU.

Ole Miss has had its share of tough losses, but it has seemed to breakthrough with the win against the Tigers.

If they can beat Missouri, that will give Georgia a shot they need to take control of the East.

It won’t be an easy task for the Rebels, but if they can get running back Jeff Scott going and quarterback Bo Wallace can make good decisions, then they can pull off the upset.

Oct 19, 2013; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Sammy Watkins (2) returns a kickoff during the first quarter against the Florida State Seminoles at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports
Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports


The last team that can help the Bulldogs is the first team to defeat them this season.

Clemson did suffer an ugly loss to Florida State, but they are more than capable of running the table and finishing the season with just one loss.

If that was to happen, then the Bulldogs will have a boost in the rankings due to strength of schedule.

If the Bulldogs do win out and Missouri and LSU do the same, it could really help the Bulldogs in the rankings, especially with the Bulldogs having quality wins against South Carolina, LSU, Florida and Auburn.

The loss to Vanderbilt does hurt, but the Bulldogs can’t worry about that anymore. They have to take it one game at a time and get some help along the way.

It’s a long shot for them to make it to a BCS game, but with the way this season is shaping out, anything is possible.


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