Bulldogs Beat

Georgia's rankings improve, as do Gurley's Heisman odds

ATHENS - Georgia's resounding win on Saturday resulted in a big move up the two major polls.

The Bulldogs are No. 6 in the newest AP poll, and No. 8 in the USA Today coaches poll, both released on Tuesday. Georgia had been No. 12 in each of those polls.

Georgia also received two first-place votes in the AP poll, from ESPN's Brett McMurphy and Pete DiPrimio of the Fort Wayne (Ind.) News-Sentinel. One coach also voted Georgia No. 1, although that ballot does not become public until the end of the regular season.

The last time Georgia was as high as No. 6 was Sept. 29 of last season, after the win over LSU to improve to 3-1. The Bulldogs ended the season unranked after an injury-plagued 8-5 record.

South Carolina, which hosts Georgia a week from Saturday, slid to No. 21 in the AP poll after its home loss to Texas A&M. The Gamecocks were No. 9 in the preseason poll.

Clemson dropped to No. 23 after being No. 16 in the AP preseason poll.

There are eight SEC teams ranked in the AP poll, including four in the top 10 and six in the top 15: No. 2 Alabama, No. 5 Auburn, No. 6 Georgia, No. 10 Texas A&M, No. 12 LSU, No. 15 Ole Miss, No. 21 South Carolina and No. 24 Missouri.

Las vegas is also a bit higher on the Bulldogs after opening weekend. The gambling web site Bovada puts Georgia's odds at winning the national title at 12-1, up from 16-1 as of Aug. 27. Georgia's current odds are the sixth-best, behind Florida State (9-2), Alabama (7-1), Oregon (8-1), Oklahoma (9-1) and Auburn (10-1).

Todd Gurley has also moved up to having the third-best odds of winning the Heisman, according to Bovada. Gurley, who was 14-1 as of last week, is now 7-1, behind only Florida State's Jameis Winston and Oregon's Marcus Mariota, who are both 11-2.

And if you'd like to bet on whether Gurley will have another 100-yard kickoff return this season, it's your lucky day because Bovada is offering odds on that too: Bovada is stacking the odds against it, such that if you want to bet on Gurley having another 100-yarder you would make $4 on a $1 bet.

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