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SEC coach: I welcome anybody that wants to jump in our conference

Only one team in the top 10 of the initial College Football Playoffs rankings released this week for the 2020 season landed in that rarefied air with two losses: the Southeastern Conference's Georgia Bulldogs.

Though ranked 13th in the AP Top 25 and 10th in the Amway Coaches Poll, the Bulldogs entered the initial CFP rankings as the No. 9 team – ahead of one-loss Miami at No. 10 and undefeated BYU at 14th, among others.

Fifth-year Georgia coach Kirby Smart emphasized he doesn't spend time worried about where his team has landed in the rankings.

But Smart also this week issued an invitation to any comers who might believe the Bulldogs – with five wins against a pair of losses by a combined 33 points to Alabama and Florida – are perhaps occupying a space they don't belong.

“Well it's great to be in the conversation all the time, but I don't really get into those,” Smart said. “We've got to let our play speak for ourselves.

“I welcome anybody that wants to jump in our conference and play 10 games. They're more than welcome to. They can come right on over here with us and play 10 games if they want to play our conference schedule. Be more than happy to let them.”