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Saturday Quickies: Beat Georgia Edition

The Kentucky Wildcats face a tall task as they face an angry Bulldog team in Athens.

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Good morning and happy football Saturday on this beautiful bluegrass Saturday.

The Kentucky Wildcats won’t be enjoying this wonderful day in the Commonwealth as they are on the road to face the tenth ranked Georgia Bulldogs in Athens. Kirby Smart’s team is stinging after a surprise home loss to an unranked South Carolina Gamecocks team.

The Wildcats are coming off of a win against the Arkansas Razorbacks and will try to add another one on today. The discussion all week has been about the quarterback position. Last weekend, Lynn Bowden injected life into a seemingly dead offense on the way to a 24-20 victory. Bowden was awarded by being named the SEC offensive player of the week and was named to the midseason All American list by both the AP and ESPN.

Eddie Gran said this week that Sawyer Smith is healthy and ready to go. The conundrum is whether to ride the good vibes with Bowden or insert Smith back into the line-up in order to run a more traditional style offense.

I would like to see Bowden get the start and get the vast majority of the snaps today. He adds something different to the table and has the ability to improvise while keeping the opposing defense guessing.

We will most likely see Smith get the start with heavy doses of Bowden in the Wildcat.

Tweets of the Day

Looking forward to the postgame show. Hope you all can tune in!

Not a ton you can glean from a glorified scrimmage but there were some players that stood out to me. Immanuel Quickley, Nate Sestina, and Keion Brooks to be exact.

Love the blue helmets/blue pants with the white jerseys.

One of my best tweets.

Quickies

Kentucky vs. Georgia picks and spread | WDRB- It’s going to be hard for Kentucky to sneak up on Georgia after the Dawgs getting pounced on by South Carolina last week. But maybe some soggy weather will help dampen spirits in Athens.

A bold prediction for every SEC game | Saturdays Down South- The prospect of Georgia having two 100 yard rushers does not excite me.

Competitive Blue/White game a good start for Cats | UK Athletics- Immanuel Quickley was the star of the night with 25 points and seven boards. The kid looked a year better and that shooting touch is something we haven’t seen since Malik Monk.

Nate Sestina’s confidence continues to grow | Cats Pause- Sestina is starting to answer the question as to whether or not his skills will transfer to major Division I basketball. He looks athletic, comfortable, and ready to help this team do some special things.

What does Georgia think about Kentucky? | Vaughts Views- I think they’ll take the Cats seriously after being stunned by the Gamecocks. Cats are just going to have to flat out win today.

16 teams with a shot at the title | CBS- Michigan State, Kansas, and Kentucky are placed at the top as the frontrunners for the title. The guard play of Kentucky is what puts them over the top this season. I agree.

Tennessee trying to snap 12 year losing streak to Alabama | ESPN- HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

Ohio State hammers Northwestern | USA Today- I bet there are some Georgia fans out there that would like to have Justin Fields taking the field for them today. Oh well.

Maker Makur to petition for 2020 draft | ESPN- This comes as no surprise as the cousin of Thon Makur tries to forgo college like he did. Kentucky was on Makur’s list but I doubt there was much interest on Calipari’s part as this was the expected move for the big man.

College football top 25 picks against the spread | CBS- Only Barrett Sallee has Kentucky covering the -25.

The Bulldogs hold the position advantage in almost every category. Their quarterback is better (assuming Fromm returns to form), he has more offensive weapons at his disposal and his line is usually one of the strongest in the SEC. Georgia’s defense leads the SEC in allowing the fewest points per game (12.3) and they’ve got a College Football Playoff shot on the line. When operating on all cylinders, this team is tough to beat. Given that Kentucky is still struggling to find an offensive identity and its defense has allowed nearly 100 more yards per game than its hosts, a road win would be a lot to ask. Pick: Georgia (-25) -- Emily Caron

The more I read about the Georgia defense, especially their run defense, the less confident I am that UK can cover.