Georgia Bulldogs at Kentucky Wildcats
Date: Saturday, Nov. 3
Game time: 3:30 p.m. EST
TV Channel: The game will be broadcast in front of a national TV audience on CBS.
Replay: SEC Network (check local listings)
Announcers: Carter Blackburn, Aaron Taylor, Rick Neuheisel and John Schriffen will be on the call.
Radio: Tom Leach, Jeff Piecoro and Dick Gabriel will have the UK radio network call. Go here for listings and affiliates.
Odds: As of Saturday morning, Georgia is favored by 9.5. points. However, Kentucky as an underdog this season is 4-1 straight up, 5-0 against the spread and 2-0 straight up as a double-digit underdog.
Prediction: Currently, ESPN gives the Bulldogs an 81-percent chance of winning. OddSshark projects a 36-24 Dawgs win. Go here for all of our predictions on the game.
While we wait for the game, GET HYPED:
Game of the Century
The Kentucky Wildcats will face the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday at 3:30 PM EDT inside Kroger Field, as a trip to the SEC Championship game is on the line. The Bulldogs took care of business last weekend by beating the Florida Gators, which led to Saturday’s matchup with Kentucky to determine who represents the SEC East in the conference’s title game in Atlanta on December 1st.
Needless to say, when the Wildcats take the field on Saturday afternoon, it will be the biggest game in program history.
Can Kentucky’s Defense Remain Dominant?
Before even attempting to dissect the woes of Kentucky’s offense, Matt House’s defense rightfully deserves a heavy amount of credit. Kentucky will enter Saturday tied with the Clemson Tigers for the top-scoring defense in the country.
Last weekend, the Wildcats didn’t allow a first-down in the second half against a potent Missouri Tigers’ offense. The Tigers had eight second half possessions, of which all resulted in a three & out.
Josh Allen has used his senior season at Kentucky to prove just how elite he really is. Allen and the rest of the defense’s ability to get after Bulldogs quarterback Jake Fromm could make a difference in Saturday’s game.
On the season, Fromm has picked apart his competition by completing over 67% of his passes, throwing for 1649 yards & 16 touchdowns. The Wildcats faced a talented QB in Columbia via Drew Lock, but this Bulldogs team has elite fire-power at every position on offense. Averaging 38 points per game, the Bulldogs are bulldozing their way through opposing defenses by average of 458 total yards per contest.
Of those 458 yards per game, 222 come from running the ball and 236 from passing. It will take an all-around team effort from Kentucky to slow down such a balanced offensive attack.
The Wildcats have still yet to give up over 20 points in a game this season. To win on Saturday, it may even require a “scoop and score” or some type of defensive play that puts points on the board for Kentucky.
Kentucky is now tied with Clemson for No. 1 nationally in scoring defense, ranks 5th in passing TD allowed, 10th in total defense, 15th in ypc allowed. Josh Allen No. 1 nationally in forced fumbles, No. 2 in sacks, No. 4 in tackles for loss, leads SEC in all three.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) October 28, 2018
Missouri came into today's game No. 12 in total offense (501 ypg) and No. 21 in scoring offense (38.6 ppg) nationally. Kentucky's defense held the Tigers to 14 points and 249 yards, recording 8 consecutive 3-and-out possessions to end the game.— Jeff Drummond (@JDrumUK) October 27, 2018
Wildcats’ Offense Needs Stability
Truth be told, had Kentucky not came back to beat Missouri in improbable fashion, most of this week would have been spent sulking about the struggles regarding the offensive side of the ball.
After Terry Wilson’s game-winning touchdown pass to C.J. Conrad, one would assume the notion of rotating QB’s has been put to rest. Wilson played his best game of the season at Missouri, completing 22/31 passes for 267 yards, a TD & an interception.
As dominant as the Bulldogs offense has been this season, their defense has been equally as stingy. Georgia is only allowing 16 points & 140 rushing yards per game this season. On Saturday, they held the ninth-ranked Gators to just 17 points.
Kentucky’s inability to run the football at Missouri will need correction by Saturday afternoon. Benny Snell was only able to muster 67 yards on 19 attempts, while UK as a whole only ran for 91 yards on the day.
Lynn Bowden gave fans the game they have been waiting for since he signed with Kentucky. Bowden went off for 13 receptions & 166 receiving yards to go along with his punt return for a touchdown in Columbia.
If a steady dose of Bowden & Snell can keep the chains moving, one would think that Kentucky’s defense will keep them in position to punch their ticket to Atlanta & play for the SEC Championship.
What is your score prediction for Saturday? Let us know in the comments section!