Kentucky football hasn't been much for a long time. They haven't won the SEC championship since 1976 and they haven't won a national title since 1950. They have a chance to end both of those streaks this year.
It all really starts with this one game. If Kentucky can find a way to defeat Georgia then the door is open for them. They don't play a single ranked team the rest of the way, which would likely lead to an undefeated regular season. That means an SEC title game, which usually means at least a shot at the college football playoffs.
All they need to make that happen is to win this one game. Too bad the public doesn't think there's any chance that happens.
Oddsmakers hate Kentucky in this game. The Wildcats are 21.5 point underdogs against Georgia, and they're given +1200 odds to win the game outright. That's just a 7.7% chance to pull off the upset. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs are given -2000 odds, or an implied 95.2% chance to win the game.
According to oddsmakers, this isn't a battle between two undefeated SEC teams vying for the division title. No, this is a mismatch where Georgia is going to pound on another victim.
Kentucky and Georgia have met 74 times in their history. Kentucky has won just 12 of those games. This is their second worst rivalry, only Alabama is worse.
Georgia has won the last 11 games these teams have played against each other. Of those 11 games, just 2 were decided by one score.
Things are even worse when the game is in Athens. Kentucky has only won in Athens 4 times. The last time was in 2009, Kentucky's last win over Georgia.
If Kentucky wants to be taken seriously as a football program, they're going toe eventually need to win a game over a school like Georgia or Alabama. Until they do, they'll just be a basketball school no matter how many times they beat Florida or LSU.
This is Kentucky's best chance to not only win the SEC, but to compete for a National Championship they've had in over 40 years. It's time to see if they can capitalize on it, or if they'll just become Georgia's next victim.