Georgia Bulldogs (3-1) at Kentucky Wildcats (2-3)
- Game Time: 12:00 pm EST on October 31st, 2020.
- Location: Kroger Field in Lexington, Kentucky.
- TV Channel: Today’s game can be seen on the SEC Network.
- Online Stream: WatchESPN and fuboTV
- Replay: WatchESPN and SEC Network (check local listings).
- Radio: Tom Leach and Jeff Piecoro will call the action on the UK radio network call on 630 AM, 98.1 FM in Lexington, and on the UK Sports Network.
- Odds: Georgia opened as a 13-point favorite. The line has since grown to 16.5. ESPN FPI gives the Wildcats just a 14.1% chance of winning.
- Rosters: UK | UGA
- Weather: Sunny and 47 degrees with no chance of rain (via Covers).
- Prediction: TeamRankings projects a 30-13 victory for Georgia, while numberFire went with a 33-15 Dawgs win.
While we wait for the game to kickoff, get fired up with the latest HYPE video from Kentucky Wildcats TV:
Kentucky rolled over Mississippi State. They demolished Tennessee. So going to Columbia to take on the Missouri Tigers did not seem like a daunting task.
Unfortunately, that attitude led to Kentucky coming out flat and falling hard on the road to drop to 2-3 on the year. Coach Mark Stoops took complete responsibility for the egg the Wildcats laid on Saturday.
“Everybody wants to win on Saturday,” Stoops said. “It’s about how you win on Monday, Tuesday and so on. We talk about that with our preparation and it’s a credit to Missouri. We did not match their intensity and it begins and ends with me getting the team ready to play. When you play Kentucky, I want you to play an energetic, tough, physical team. We may win, we may lose but we’re going to play the game the right way and I don’t feel like we did on Saturday and that’s a disappointment. That’s a direct reflection of myself.”
Georgia, on the other hand, is coming off of a bye week that was directly preceded by their first loss of the season to Alabama. So you have to think that the Bulldogs are both rested and motivated. And they are a very, very good football team.
This very well may be the best defensive team that Kirby Smart has ever had, and some believe it is the best in the country. They are top 20 in virtually every statistical team category, and are particularly skilled in stopping the run. They are only allowing 65.5 yards per game on the ground, even after giving up 147 to Alabama.
The Bulldogs are averaging around 33 points per game, led by a balanced attack. On the ground, four players have rushed for at least 80 yards on the season. They are led by Zamir White, who has found the end zone five times in the running game.
Junior quarterback Stetson Bennett has a quarterback rating of 135.9 on the season, completing over 57% of his passes and throwing for seven touchdowns. He has thrown three interceptions on the season, all of which came at the hands of Alabama. He looks shaky at times, but is very talented and surrounded by talented receivers like Kearis Jackson and George Pickens.
Kentucky’s offense, on the other hand, is a mess. Terry Wilson threw for an abysmal 38 yards last weekend, and a quarterback controversy was a certainty before the final whistle blew. However, with Wilson missing so much time at practice this weak with a hand injury, it is likely that we will see another starter this weekend.
Will the offense look any better with another signal caller, or will it be hard to tell against Georgia’s stout defense? Either way, Joey Gatewood will likely make his first college start, and that change may be the spark this offense desperately needs.
Also, Eddie Gran admitted earlier this week that Chris Rodriguez Jr. deserves the ball more. But if you look at Kentucky’s play selection last week and the fact that they were playing from behind most of the game, it was tough to rely on the bulldozer running the ball over and over. He is now listed as the starter alongside AJ Rose, instead of as a backup. So expect Rodriguez to see more carries on Saturday.
Kentucky’s defense also struggled mightily last week, having a hard time stopping a Missouri team that had found little success all season. After being questioned after two bleak performances to open the season, the defense showed flashes of their potential against Mississippi State and Tennessee. Will they return to form against Georgia?
The Wildcats have a punchers chance to take down the Bulldogs on Saturday, but will everything fall into place? Kickoff is at noon at Kroger Field, plan your Halloween celebration accordingly.