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Georgia Bulldogs @ Kentucky Wildcats: Open Game Thread

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The 'Cats welcome the Dawgs into Commonwealth Stadium tonight for a little tussle under the lights for homecoming weekend.

Game particulars as follows, courtesy of UKAthletics.com

Georgia @ Kentucky
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Date & Time Saturday, Oct. 23
7:30 p.m
Coverage TV: CSS
Radio: BBSN
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Online Audio listen
Online Video via ESPN3
Location Commonwealth Stadium
Lexington, Ky.
Gameday Information

The Georgia Bulldogs come off two straight thumpings of the dregs of the SEC, currently represented by the state of Tennessee. Both teams are a bit banged up coming into this game, with Georgia starting running back Caleb King out due to suspension, safety Nick Williams questionable with a hamstring. Derrick Locke and Qua Huzzie are both highly doubtful. DeQuin Evans and Martavius Neloms are questionable for UK, weakening an already suspect defense.

For the Bulldogs, this is a big game. After an uncharacteristic four-game losing skid early in the season, the Dawgs have battled back against weaker teams, but this will be their first test in a while on the road against a decent SEC team, particularly offensively. Georgia has been feasting on the weak defenses of the Vanderbilt Commodores and Tennessee Volunteers, and if recent history holds, won't be facing much tougher tonight in Commonwealth.

To me, this looks like another shootout, and despite the likely loss of Derrick Locke, Kentucky has been laying major wood to their last three SEC opponents through the air. Mike Hartline has been particularly impressive, second only to Arkansas' Ryan Mallet in SEC passing, and prior to today, Hartline has thrown only one fewer touchdown and three less picks.

If Kentucky manages to win this game, it will notch its second SEC victory in five attempts with the weaker portion of the schedule coming up. In a turn of events that is rather amazing, Kentucky finds itself in the surprising position of being in the SEC East race at this point, despite dropping its first three league games. The odds against UK are fairly big, but a remarkable season for Kentucky is not yet completely out of the discussion.

Whatever the case, this is a game UK needs to win to put itself in good position for the rest of the season. A loss here wouldn't be the end of the world, but it would likely mean another Music City bowl or worse if they make it to the post-season, which they should barring a major collapse.

Don't forget to check out Dawg Sports, our SBNation brothers, for the Georgia perspective on the game.

Go 'Cats!