Phil Steele notes that Georgia’s wins have come over opponents that in turn have done their fair share of winning. When you add it all up — “if you beat an FBS opponent you get credit for all their wins over their FBS opponents” — Georgia is second on his list, behind only Clemson.
Does that factor into an analysis of Georgia’s strength? Welp, Anderson & Hester, which focuses solely on teams’ accomplishments to date, just posted their first set of rankings for the season and the Dawgs are on top. (A&H was one of the computer services the BCS relied on to publish its rankings not too long ago.)
Notre Dame is the gift that keeps on giving, but we also ought to embrace thinking like this. Should Georgia make it into the CFP discussion later this season, stuff like this will likely matter.