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Dawgs paying no attention to high ranking

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart and his team are the No. 4 ranked team in the country. (Luke Hetrick, WGXA)

ATHENS, Ga. -- The Georgia Bulldogs (6-0) are now into the top four in the latest Associated Press poll released on Sunday. It is the highest the Dawgs have been all season and are riding a seven-game winning streak dating back to last season. Some coaches will avoid talking about the polls to keep their team focused on the task at hand. Kirby Smart, however, takes a different approach.

"Ya you address it with the kids," said Smart on Monday. "I mean we don't talk about what we're ranked and we didn't talk about what we were ranked last week there's really no difference because none of it matters."

Come seasons end the AP poll will take a backseat to the College Football Playoff rankings, the only rankings that really matter. However, the first CFP poll will not be released until Oct. 31. Stating the obvious, there's a long way to go in the marathon that is the college football season.

"We're talking about a race and it's at the 50-meter mark," said Smart. "I don't know one person that ever talked about (Justin) Gatlin being ahead of (Usain) Bolt at the 50-meter mark. Nobody cares about that, they only care about where you finish and they only care about what you do next."

Smart and the Bulldogs host Missouri (1-4, 0-3) at Sanford Stadium at 7:30 PM.

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