ATHENS -- Sanders Commings, Georgias senior cornerback, said it best Sunday morning via his Twitter account.
And I wake up pinching myself, Commings wrote. (Yeah) its real. We control our own destiny.
The Georgia football team was basically left for dead just six weeks ago, written off from its stated preseason goal of reaching the BCS championship game. But after a dizzying Saturday night, the Bulldogs, as Commings pointed out, are in prime position.
Georgia is ranked third in the BCS standings, released Sunday. In all likelihood it will play No. 2 Alabama in the SEC championship Dec. 1, so a win in Atlanta, after a win over Georgia Tech on Saturday, would mean a trip to Miami for the title game.
Its now a very real possibility. Just dont ask Georgias head coach about it.
Mark Richt spent most of his Sunday media teleconference ducking questions about the national title picture, instead turning it back to Georgia Tech every time he could. It got comical enough that reporters laughed.
Anybody want to talk about Georgia Tech? Richt asked at one point.
Richt wouldnt even acknowledge that he watched Saturday nights games, when both Kansas State (then No. 1 in the BCS) and Oregon (then No. 2) were upset.
You know what I was thinking about Tech that night, all night and what a big game that is, Richt said. So thats really what Ive been working on.
For the record, Richt did send out a tweet himself just after the results came in, but it was to exhort fans to show up at Sanford Stadium for the Georgia Tech game.
Richt also had to fill out and file his top 25 ballot for the USA Today coaches poll, which comprises one-third of the BCS formula. Georgia received one first-place vote in that poll, but Richt said it didnt come from him.
So what did he think of someone ranking his team that high?
Oh I dont know, I guess somebody thought we were No. 1, so I guess thats good, Richt said. But its just right this minute not all that important, really.
Georgia (10-1) opened as a 14-point favorite over Georgia Tech (6-5), and the Bulldogs have defeated their in-state rival 10 of the past 11 years. But with so much at stake -- whether he wanted to admit it or not -- Richt isnt risking any talk beyond Saturday.
Thats the whole key to football, is being able to focus on what really matters, and thats this game, Richt said. I think our players understand how important this game is, regardless of whats going on outside of this game, Richt said. So I think well all be able to focus on the right thing. We need to, thats for sure.
Richt on Dooley
Richt was hired at Georgia 12 years ago by then-athletics director Vince Dooley, whose son Derek was fired Sunday after three years as Tennessees head coach.
We all know its a very tough business. Its a tough league, said Richt, who was unbeaten in three years against Dooleys Volunteers. And theres a lot of outstanding coaches that have that happen to them from time to time.
Richt then cited Tony Dungy, who was fired as the head coach of the NFLs Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2001, then ended up winning a Super Bowl with Indianapolis.
Its part of the business, Richt said. Im sorry for Derek and his family, and Coach Dooley, and Mrs. Dooley, just everybody in the family whos dealing with it. Hes a highly intelligent person, and hes a tremendous coach, and I know hes gonna land on his feet and have something great happen to him in the future. Hes a young guy, and hes a got a great future.