Kirby Smart Jan 8, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart looks on during the fourth quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2018 CFP national championship college football game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The SEC is widely regarded by the majority of fans as the best conference in college football. And Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart took that argument a bit further during a press conference on Tuesday.

Smart was asked by a reporter what the importance of facing the Kentucky Wildcats, their first ranked opponent of the season in Week 6 was. He downplayed the importance of Kentucky’s ranking, wildly proclaiming that he believes every team in the SEC should be ranked.

“I personally think every SEC team should be ranked,” said Smart, via Michael Bratton on Twitter. “I can guarantee you there are some teams that don’t want to play them that are ranked. Every team we play in the SEC is good enough to beat us. Whether they are ranked or not, I could care less. I’m trying to be more physical than them and outscore them. That’s the only thing I’m concerned with, not their ranking.”

It’s certainly a hot take. And fans offered their opinion of these comments on social media.

Just half of the SEC is currently ranked inside the AP Top 25. And there are a number of non-ranked SEC teams that have yet to lose out of conference, including Auburn and Mississippi State. For those teams, there is certainly an argument that they could be ranked without their struggles against the top of the SEC.

However, a team like Vanderbilt undoubtedly disproves Smart’s point. Vanderbilt is just 2-2 outside of SEC play, and has some bad losses to the likes of UNLV and Wake Forest.

Regardless, it’s very clear that Smart is confident in the depth of the SEC. And it will sure be interesting to see how Georgia fares in their biggest game of the year thus far.

[Michael Bratton on Twitter]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.