The football game at Commonwealth Stadium today brings a 7-2 Georgia squad in to face a 6-3 Kentucky team. The records, however, only tell half of the story of each team.
Georgia comes limping into the game as a broken team no longer in the hunt for a national title or conference title and a week removed from a humliating loss to Florida. But, the Bulldogs are likely better than their 7-2 record. Kentucky, meanwhile, takes the field as a bowl eligible team for the third year in a row, but aided by a gift-wrapped win from Mississippi State and you might not find much argument if you were to say that they aren’t as good as the 6-3 record? So, what can we expect when these two schizo teams?
I think this game could go one of two ways. Either Georgia comes out angry and really piles it on the Cats early, putting the game far too out of reach for a struggling offense. The Georgia offense doesn’t get all the respect it deserves for being explosive, partly because of the offense the Bulldogs run, but they’re as good as any unit in the country – when they aren’t turning the ball over. Belive it or not, Georgia actually had more yardage than Florida last week (398 to 373), but fell victim to four turnovers and two missed field goals. For Georgia to blow out the Cats, it will all start with Knowshon Moreno attacking the the defense on the early downs, opening it up for an very powerful Georgia passing game. If the Dawgs come out swinging, it could get ugly.
But, the other turn that this game could take is the most likely, I think. Georgia is going to come out a little flat early on and they’re going to struggle with a Kentucky defense that made life very tough on them in Athens last year. If the Kentucky defense plays the way they did last year and the way that we’ve seen for most of the season, the Cats will have a shot. As is the case in all games with this team, keeping the score low and using field position and ball control to their advantage is the key. Call me crazy, but I think this team still hasn’t even reached 1/10 of its potential and today is the day that it happens. The defense plays well and the offense finally starts to click a bit and gives us all hope….and Lones even works his way back into our good graces.
Cats win a close one, 26-23.
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