Georgia football travels to Lexington to take on the Wildcats, let’s break down the matchup.
Georgia football heads to Lexington, Kentucky, on Saturday to face the Wildcats at 3:30 p.m ET on CBS. Georgia (10-0) is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation after ten games this season. Over the last two weeks, they have beaten No. 1 Tennessee at home and then went on the road and knocked off Mississippi State in Starksville, 45-19. Meanwhile, Kentucky (6-4) owns wins over Florida and Mississippi State but suffered a 24-21 defeat to Vanderbilt last week. Here’s how the two SEC foes match up on both sides of the ball
Georgia football Offensive Keys to the Game
Led by quarterback Stetson Bennett, Georgia football is 3rd in the SEC and 9th nationally in passing offense, averaging 317 yards per game through the air. Kentucky’s passing defense is ranked 2nd in the SEC and 17th nationally, allowing 182 yards per game. The Wildcats’ passing defense is the best Georgia has seen all year.
Georgia’s rushing offense, led by Daijun Edwards, is ranked 6th in the SEC, averaging 192.5 yards per game on 5.4 yards per carry. Kentucky’s run defense is ranked 5th in SEC, allowing 135 yards per game on 4.1 yards per carry. Georgia football should not have any issue getting their run game going in Lexington.
Kentucky has only allowed two games of 200 or more yards passing this season. Those games were against Mississippi and Tennessee. Georgia football leads the SEC in passing plays over 10 yards and over 20 yards combined with 177. With playmakers like Brock Bowers, Darnell Washington, Kenny McIntosh, and Ladd McConkey, Georgia should be able to move the ball through the air on Kentucky.
If Georgia football is able to establish the run and use play action off of it this game won’t be close. Georgia’s ability to hit the big passing play should take Kentucky and their crowd out of the game early. It wouldn’t be a surprise if Georgia’s offense started rolling early and they came out of the half with a three-score lead.
Georgia football Defensive Keys to the Game
Led by quarterback Will Levis, Kentucky is 10th in the SEC and 83rd nationally in passing offense, averaging 220 yards per game through the air. Georgia’s passing defense is ranked 3rd in the SEC and 21st nationally, allowing 187.3 yards per game. The Bulldogs’ passing defense is the best Kentucky has seen all year.
Kentucky’s rushing offense, led by Chris Rodriguez, Jr., is ranked 13th in the SEC, averaging 119.6 yards per game on 3.3 yards per carry. Georgia’s run defense is ranked 1st in SEC, allowing 82.4 yards per game on 3.1 yards per carry. Georgia football will make it extremely difficult for the Wildcats to move the ball on the ground.
If Georgia football is able to stuff Kentucky’s rushing attack and force Will Levis to beat them with his arm this could be a long game for the Wildcats. Levis has shown a knack for making horrible decisions when the game is put in his hands. If Georgia has a chance to pin their ears back and go after the quarterback expect a lot of sacks and possibly a couple of INTs.
Georgia football opens as a 22.5-point favorite even though the game is being played in Lexington. Georgia’s offense should have no problem moving the ball and scoring on Kentucky’s defense. On the other side of the ball, Georgia’s defense should have no problem suffocating the Wildcats’ offense. This game should be out of hand by halftime.