The Kentucky Wildcats will have a chance to do something for just the fourth time in program history Saturday: Beat the No. 1 team in the country.
Saturday, the Cats will head between the hedges to Athens (GA) to take on the No. 1 ranked and undefeated Georgia Bulldogs.
While Kentucky has broken long losing streaks against Florida and Tennessee in recent years, they have not been able to knock off the Dawgs. The Wildcats have lost 11 in a row to Georgia, and the Bulldogs remain the only SEC East team Mark Stoops has yet to defeat. He’s 0-8 in eight tries.
Stoops will get another crack at Georgia Saturday with the stakes higher than ever. In 2018, the two teams met in Lexington, with the winner securing an SEC East title, but this year not only is the driver’s seat for an SEC East title up for grabs but a chance to be the last unbeaten team in the SEC hangs in the balance as both teams enter play 6-0.
The winner will have a clearer path to Atlanta and potentially the College Football Playoff as the ACC and PAC-12 look unlikely to factor in this year. The Big Ten has multiple teams jockeying for first-place, and the Big 12 is likely Oklahoma or bust.
Thus, the winner could control their own destiny for the remainder of the regular season to become one of the final four college teams standing in the national championship race.
A win for Kentucky would send the program into uncharted territories, as they’ve not been in the conversation to win a national championship or even compete for one outside of their 1950 season, where they were declared national champions by the Sagarin rankings.
To win, they’d have to beat a Georgia defense that’s allowed two touchdowns thus far this entire season and win just their fourth-ever game over a No. 1 ranked team.
The Wildcats’ last win over a No. 1 ranked opponent came in 2007 when they defeated LSU in Lexington, and before that was a win over the top-ranked 1964 Ole Miss Rebels and a 1951 Sugar Bowl victory over Oklahoma.
Can the Cats knock open doors never opened before by the football program by taking down the top-ranked Dawgs? Or will they suffer their first loss of the season and likely see their SEC East division title hopes fall by the wayside?
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