Head coach Mark Richt spoke with the media after the Georgia Bulldogs' 42-10 victory over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Saturday, and touched on a number of topics regarding the game, and also the Dawgs' future. Regarding keeping the team's focus on Georgia Tech, and not the SEC championship:
"That was a great victory for us. You know we had people talking to us all week about trying to look ahead and all that and were you worried about this, that or the other. I didn’t see any signs of that. Our players understand how important this game is. I thought our coaching staff did a good job of staying focused. Certainly I never I had a moment where I was thinking ahead. That’s so dangerous, and I’ve coached long enough to where I can’t even let myself do that. So I knew that wasn’t going to be a problem. I just thought everybody did a super job of preparing. It was a good day."
The Bulldogs were going to be playing in Atlanta regardless of Saturday's outcome, so the potential for a lookahead game was there. The Dawgs, who are 3rd in the BCS standings, can book a trip to the BCS Championship Game with a win over Alabama next Saturday, Dec. 1st. When asked about the possibility of making it to the national championship game, Richt was happy that Georgia is in the hunt:
"Am I happy? Yeah, I’m happy. I’m excited about the future. But I really do enjoy these young guys and these other coaches who maybe haven’t experienced it before to get a chance to see what it’s like. I enjoy it, but I enjoy watching (the players) have fun, really. I enjoy watching them celebrate. I’ll jump in there and have some fun, too, but I’ve lived through a couple of them. I know it’s a great time, and it’s a lot of fun."
The 3rd ranked Bulldogs have a realistic shot at the title for the first time in Richt's tenure in Athens. However, wins over Alabama and Notre Dame will not be easy to come by.