ATHENS, GA - The chatter started not long after South Carolina was upset at home by Auburn. It picked up steam when Florida was blown out by Alabama.
Texts, tweets, phone calls - all carrying the same message. Georgia was back in the race.
After starting out 0-2, the Bulldogs have ripped off three straight wins. More important to their hopes, both South Carolina and Florida lost this past weekend to put the Southeastern Conference East up for grabs.
Coach Mark Richt says he noticed an extra bounce in his team's step returning to practice this week, the players fully aware they have climbed into a three-way tie for first place. The Bulldogs also appear to have the easiest schedule the rest of the way, starting with Saturday's game at Tennessee.