ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- A couple of weeks ago, coming off a dismal loss at Tennessee, the Georgia Bulldogs put a moratorium on any title talk.
Coach Mark Richt said it would not do his team any good to keep discussing what it would take to win another Southeastern Conference championship, especially when they had lost two of their first four league games.
Well, after another crazy Saturday in the SEC, the Bulldogs found themselves right back in the race without even taking a snap.
While Georgia was getting in some R&R during an off week, South Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee all took their second conference losses. Suddenly, the Bulldogs (5-2, 3-2 SEC) find themselves in a three-way tie for first in the Eastern Division.
Georgia played for the title twice in the last four years despite losing two conference games. But that's definitely against the norm -- since the SEC went to a title game in 1992, only one other Eastern team has made it with two losses in the league (that was Florida, in the very first year of divisional play).
But this is shaping up as a season like NO other. Heck, it's not unrealistic to envision an Eastern champ with three SEC losses.
Richt was still reticent to resume any discussion of the big picture. He knows Georgia still has a brutal stretch remaining, beginning with Saturday's annual albatross of a game against Number nine Florida.
The defending national champion Gators have defeated their rivals to the north 15 times in the last 17 years. Even in 2002 and 2005, when the Bulldogs claimed SEC titles, they failed to win in Jacksonville.