Kentucky did not force Arkansas to punt last week until 39 second remained in the first half. The Razorbacks scored a touchdown on each of their first six drives of the ballgame. Meanwhile, the Cats punted on eight straight drives before finally scoring in what ended up being the final quarter of play.
In summary, last week was nothing but punts on one side, and touchdowns on the other. And if Arkansas had a potent offense going into that game, Georgia has a lethal one. Quarterback Aaron Murray will be the second-straight elite signal caller the Cats have seen, and he is carving up opposing defenses this season. Working a 62% completion rate and 12 touchdown passes is just the start of how the Dawgs move the ball. The platoon of Todd Gurley, Keith Marshall and Ken Malcome at tailback is averaging nearly 230 rushing yards per game and combines for 19 touchdowns.
The injuries and inexperience in the Wildcats defense was exposed last week at Arkansas. There aren’t many positives to draw from the matchup this week.
The Bulldogs defense isn’t spectacular – though Joker Phillips called it one of the best they will see this season. Either way, the unit is good enough. With as many points as the offense is putting up it hardly matters anyway.
If you’re counting at home, Kentucky football now has six losses. It is the worst start to a season since 2004 when Kentucky started 1-8 (beating Indiana) and finished the season 2-9 after barely inching by Jay Cutler and the Vanderbilt Commodores in mid-November by a single point. It was Rich Brooks’ second year as head coach.
This season, it could get even worse than that.
Kentucky hasn’t gone winless in the SEC since Hal Mumme accomplished the feat in 2000. That year, after losing the season opener to Louisville, the Cats only victories came in games two and three, to South Florida and Indiana. Then they lost eight straight conference games.
Kentucky is also facing elimination from bowl contention. Six losses is the maximum, so the Cats need to win out to finish 6-6 in order to make a bowl game. That includes a victory this weekend over No. 11 Georgia, then winning on the road at Missouri and Tennessee, while beating Vanderbilt and Samford at home.
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