Georgia made the second-biggest jump of all the teams in the two national ranking polls, both of which were released on Tuesday.
Following their resounding 45-21 victory over then-No. 16 Clemson on Saturday, the Bulldogs moved up six places in No. 6 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll and four spots to No. 8 in the USA Today/Amway coaches poll. Two individuals — Brett McMurphy of ESPN and Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne (Ind.) News-Sentinel — put the Bulldogs at No. 1 in their AP polls.
Only Texas A&M enjoyed a bigger leap than UGA. The Aggies (1-0) moved up to ninth from No. 21 in the AP poll and from 20th to 13th in the coaches poll after beating South Carolina 52-28 this past Thursday in Columbia. Conversely, the Gamecocks (0-1, 0-1 SEC) dropped 12 spots to No. 21 in both of the polls.
Meanwhile, Florida State (1-0) and Alabama (1-0) remained 1 and 2, respectively in both polls. Oregon was No. 3 and Oklahoma No. 4 in the AP poll, which is voted on by sports writers and broadcasters, and they were inverse in the coaches poll. Auburn (1-0) was No. 5 in both rankings.
Clemson also encountered a big drop in both polls. The Tigers (0-1) fell eight spots to No. 24, according to the coaches, and seven spots to No. 23, per the writers.
UGA’s rankings are its highest since Sept. 19 last season when it moved up to No. 6 in both polls after beatinng No. 6 LSU 44-41 in Week 5. The Bulldogs were dropped out of both polls a month later after back-to-back losses to Missouri and Vanderbilt. They briefly returned to the rankings at 23 and 24 before losing to Nebraska in the Gator Bowl and finishing unranked.
The Bulldogs were ranked as high as No. 3 at the conclusion of the 2012 regular season and finished that year at 5 in the AP and 4 in the coaches with a 12-2 record.