Kirby Smart Dec 30, 2022; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart speaks to media alongside Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day during a press conference prior to the Peach Bowl College Football Playoff semifinal at the Westin Hotel in Atlanta. Mandatory Credit: Adam Cairns-The Columbus Dispatch Football Ohio State Georgia Coaches Press Conference

The first College Football Playoff rankings of the 2023 season were revealed on Tuesday night. From the get-go, the Ohio State Buckeyes rank No. 1 in the nation, followed by the reigning National Champions, the Georgia Bulldogs. The Dawgs are aiming for a three-peat this season, which would be the first in the CFB Playoff era. They start off the month of November ranked second, and head coach Kirby Smart isn’t too worried about it.

Smart detailed his reaction to the inaugural rankings. He chimed in during the SEC’s weekly coaches teleconference. The Georgia head coach said he and the team do not feel slighted by the No. 2 ranking.

“Nah. Not slighted. It just is what it is,” Smart said via On3. “We’ve gotten really comfortable with not paying attention to it over the last three, four years.”

The Bulldogs, unbeaten on the season, remain disciplined in their attempt to achieve a three-peat. They dismantled the rival Florida Gators in Jacksonville over the weekend, 43-20.

Georgia will essentially be playing for the SEC East Division Championship this weekend. The Bulldogs host the 12th-ranked Missouri Tigers, who have just one loss this season. Mizzou gave UGA a run for their money last season at Faurot Field. This one, however, will be played between the hedges at Sanford Stadium.

So we’ll see if Georgia is just focused on their business, one way or another.


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