So now it's on for Georgia, a program that has never been a preseason No. 1.
The Bulldogs debuted at on top of the coaches' poll Friday, which is nice for about 13 seconds in the SEC. Now the pressure builds. The Bulldogs will face something eight coaches this season who have won national championships. The schedule is tougher than breakfast steak. And how weird is this: Florida is ranked No. 5 but was picked over Georgia in the preseason media poll to win the SEC.
Only two teams in the last 10 years have gone wire to wire, USC in 2004 and Florida State in 1999.
The good news: Five of the last six preseason No. 1s in the coaches' poll have at least played in the BCS championship game. USC broke a streak of five in a row last season.
The breakdown of the last six preseason No. 1s:
2002: Miami lost the BCS championship game to Ohio State
2003: Oklahoma lost the BCS championship game to LSU
2004: USC beat Oklahoma (preseason No. 2) in the BCS championship game
2005: USC lost the BCS championship game to Texas
2006: Ohio State lost the BCS championship game to Florida
2007: No. 2 LSU beat Ohio State (preseason No. 10) in the BCS championship game. Preseason No. 1 USC finished No. 2 in the coaches poll.