Smart and Bulldogs pay no mind to 'rat poison' rankings

UGA defensive back Aaron Davis (35) makes a tackle against Mississippi State on Sept. 23. (Luke Hetrick, WGXA)

ATHENS, Ga. -- Georgia fans were pretty excited after this weekend and for good reason. The Bulldogs demolished their biggest rival on a national stage, they continue to look every bit the part of a contender and now the voters think so too. The Associated Press poll that was released on Sunday now has Georgia as the second ranked team in the country behind Alabama.

The Tide has continued their success for awhile now, but it has been a few years since we've seen this kind of success in Athens. The first College Football Playoff rankings will be released on Tuesday and the Dawgs will no doubt be somewhere in the top four teams. Georgia head coach Kirby Smart is taking the approach of his old boss, Nick Saban, when it comes to paying attention to the polls.

"They talked about rat poison a lot and things like that," Smart said with a smile on his face at his weekly press conference on Monday. "We don't really have to address it if you confront it from the beginning. So the rankings that have been coming out up to this point, the AP ones, are the same thing, just a distraction. So it just matters who can manage it best and which team is mature enough to handle it because it has zero outcome for performance on Saturday."

The last time that Georgia was ranked as high as they are now in the AP poll was 2008 when they began the season at No. 1.

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