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Georgia Bulldogs Crack AP Top Five For First Time Since 2012

University of Georgia running back Elijah Holyfield scores a touchdown against Vanderbilt on Saturday in Nashville, Tennessee. UGA won 45-14. The win helped move them up in the rankings of the latest AP college football poll.
University of Georgia running back Elijah Holyfield scores a touchdown against Vanderbilt on Saturday in Nashville, Tennessee. UGA won 45-14. The win helped move them up in the rankings of the latest AP college football poll.
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The University of Georgia football team is ranked No. 4 in the country in the latest AP poll.

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This marks the first time since 2012 the Bulldogs have cracked the AP’s top five.

Dean Legge, editor and writer for DawgPost.com, said the recent success of the team has ignited the fan base.

“The optimism is sky high,” he said. “The people think it’s real, and the reason they do is because they see the proof on the field. I mean they’re blowing people out the way they really never have.”

The Bulldogs won their past four games by an average of 32 points, including a 41-0 victory against the Tennessee Volunteers and, most recently, a 45-14 win over the Vanderbilt Commodores.

Legge said the last half of the season includes some tough games against the Auburn Tigers, Florida Gators and their in-state rival, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

“Georgia Tech certainly doesn’t look that bad right now,” he said. “They’ve lost a game because of Hurricane Irma, but they’ve played relatively well. That game will be challenging for Georgia, too. Those are three games they really better get ready for.”

Legge said UGA could lose a game and still contend for a national championship.

The Bulldogs host the one-win Missouri Tigers this Saturday in Athens.