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Statistical comparison of Kentucky and Georgia

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.

We Are UK.

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

40 Comments for Statistical comparison of Kentucky and Georgia

  1. SteveM
    11:16 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll give you the only statistical comparison you need to know. Final score: Georgia 60 UK 3

  2. barn
    11:18 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    this stuff is getting to be laughable

  3. Beavis
    11:20 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t need graphs and charts to figure out we are going to get our butts handed to us. The Dogs third and fourth string players will get to play this weekend.

  4. Stop kidding ourselves
    11:20 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    Lets see the statistical comparison of getting Kirby smart and tee Martin as OC. Compared to the chances of petrino imploding at Tennessee when they hire him this winter. Sad thing is, the only coach that anyone else in the nation wanted on our coaching staff, is coaching at southern cal right now.

  5. airbiscuit
    11:22 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    Georgia: an actual game plan
    UK: Mitch’s friend at the helm

  6. Congrats
    11:23 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    You did a whole lot of work there for a group of people that couldn’t care less. Maybe you should have went to a football school instead?

  7. Musehobo
    11:25 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah, sorry man, a lot of hard work you put into this, and almost everyone will shrug and skip it. Maybe if we had even a LITTLE hope there was a chance I’d read it, but your above post is just salt in the wound.

  8. CatGrad7072
    11:39 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    Look at the UGA players in the picture. That’s all the comparison you need.

  9. jaws2
    11:44 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    Men vs. Boys; as usual. Cats will lose before 33,867 in Commonwealth.

  10. BullDogBall
    11:49 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    It is REALLY sad to see an SEC school attempting to play football in a conference they have no business being in….
    Oh, yeah. The WELFARE state of Ky thrives on the hard work of others who produce winners.
    I hear the Sun Belt is expanding.

  11. BullDogBall
    11:52 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    #3 Georgia could start the water girls,pep band and the cheerleaders and win by 24.Enjoy that round ball fellas. UK really needs to abandon football or leave the SEC. You all are an embarassment to the conference.
    At least Vandy is intellegent…

  12. please
    11:59 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    I hope this is the last football post of the day.

  13. Ummm
    12:12 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    10&11) and georgia should really give up basketball and female cheerleaders that have more muscle than Rambo….. Lets not forget while yes you indeed will kick our ass saturday and almost always will YOU are still the “top tier” SEC team weve managed to beat a couple times the last few years. And lets also not forget that georgia has underachieved for so many years now its not even funny. Wasnt that Stafford team supposed to win the national title…. I forgot did they?

  14. Oh UK...
    12:25 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    Always grabbing glorification however possible through random victories! As for underachieving #13…only in a UK fantasy land could underachieve like UGA.

  15. RUPPS_rhetoric
    12:25 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    I love this guy BullDogBall. It’s funny stuff. I’m convinced he’s a UL fan trolling as a UGA fan. But lets say he is a UGA guy. Trolling a UK board talking smack?? That would be like UK fans trolling Transy’s site talking smack before our exhibition game. I mean really, is it even necessary? You’re not getting anyone upset, we know we suck. Move along please.

  16. Ummm
    12:33 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    14) We dont need glorification through random victories… We know this year we suck and at best our program has only ever been average (not counting the 50’s when Bryant was here). As for you second statement, it makes no sense at all… Please try again. If you are claiming UGA hasnt underachieved then youre insane. Theyve been labeled top 10 or 5 pre season how many times? Face it as of right now and the last 8-9 years Florida, Bama, and LSU have run the SEC. Not Georgia

  17. Ummm
    12:33 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink


  18. BullDogBall
    12:38 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    Kentucky is 0-5 against the spread in their last five games overall, 0-4 against the spread following a loss, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four SEC games. Georgia is 6-1 against the spread against a team with a losing record, 5-2 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover, and 0-4 against the spreads following a loss by 20 or more points.

    This one should be a blowout and look for the Dawgs to really lay one on the Cats here.

    #15 I came here looking for Georgia Hate Day. I read on a WKU Blog(my neice attends school there)about KSRs brutal WKU and Hate Days. I wanted to see for myself. Looks like UKs mouthpiece is silent on this one.
    I am outta here,waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too muck roundball talk during football season.
    The rest of the SEC is still playing football while you all are already in b’ball mode.
    Like I said,move to the Sun Belt.Stop embarassing yourselves in the SEC.
    As far as UL goes…they whipped you pretty bad in football.But you all whipped UL twice in B’ball.
    That and a $1 will get you a cup of joe at your nearest Micky D’s.

  19. EracThese
    12:49 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    Uh looks like four of our players are trying to tackle one UGA player…and failing…seems about right. BUT HEY!!!!! 4 more years and Joker will have turned this around to where he first started from….Right Mitch. Good Hire BarnFART….You suck as an AD and I mean S U C K

    Has anyone put a Effing For sale sign in Joker’s yard yet….I mean I think it’s about time too.

  20. Matt in Franklin
    12:50 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    Hmmm…#18 is on here cuz his neice goes to WKU and told him bout KSRs hate days? Wow, get a life dude…we know we suck at football…and we readily admit it. Hating on UK football is kind of like shooting fish in a barrel, calling a fat girl “fattie” and complaining about the heat in August…10 bucks says this guy barely got his GED, and I bet that niece of his is also his daughter…

  21. Brownbags
    12:51 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    Hey! I think I’ll see a spike in my sales this weekend in Lexington Ky

  22. BrownBags
    12:58 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    Rekoj and Ojyram know all about me….

  23. BullDogBall
    12:58 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    #20 And I’ll wager $100 to your trailer wheels you have a dog chained to a Z-28 on blocks in your mud lawn in a hollar!

  24. zzzzz
    1:00 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    UK: 0

    If UGA keeps it’s starters in all game….

  25. Rae
    1:16 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    18. That WKU hate day was a joke. It was actually UL where it was a real thing, and as we hate them most we are allowed.

    You do know that UK was a founding member of the SEC and wouldn’t be allowed to leave so easily, right? Besides, everyone benefits. We are a glorified bye week and in return, make the conference look good in March. I’m convinced it is in our SEC contract somewhere, and Billy G was a punishment for beating LSU.

    And if we were to switch conferences, we wouldn’t switch to one with terrible basketball. ACC would be a contender. But we aren’t leaving, because of the way our little system works.

    And basketball practice has started. You all talk football during baseball season.

  26. TheDecker
    1:20 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    59-7 Georgia

  27. HarryRabbit
    1:30 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    No worries with Sanders and Minter on the sidelines (not using the word coaching). Guaranteed not to win an SEC game. At a minimum these guys are out of here after the Tennessee game on November 24. Sanders is getting paid $6000 per week for 2nd last in the nation in offense/2nd year in a row. Why interview him again this season? This isn’t the Comedy Central channel, it supposedly is football.

  28. Matt in Franklin
    1:33 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    Hey SexN…u out there? 18 lacks any creativity or orginality in his posts…can u help this guy out? I’m eager so see ur take on all this…

  29. Ha
    1:52 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    @25…Founding member? Psshhhttttt who cares… Vandy, Ole Miss and Mississippi State were founding members too. Don’t mean much…

    Congrats though on your SEC All-Sports standing all-time high finish of 5th. Pretty cool for you guys huh? Take out basketball its what like 8th or 9th?

  30. Dano
    2:05 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    UK is down 21-0 midway thru the first quarter. SEC officials call the game due to clear skies and a horrible coaching staff.

  31. Beavis
    2:25 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    Hey,,,BullDog,,,,you did not answer my question from yesterday. Since you think we are on the football version of “welfare” in the SEC,,,,,did Georgia return their portion of the money the SEC handed out after the Cats won the NCAA title for mens basketball ??? No,,,,I did not think you did.

  32. Butthead
    2:38 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    #31…you do realize all of the SEC schools would give up their portion of the NCAA tournament shares in return for their football money right?

    In the grand scheme of things NCAA tournament shares = small peanuts

  33. schwing
    2:38 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    did anybody even read this?

  34. Beavis
    3:25 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    # 32,,,,,I think it is a fair question. It is shared monies and I am sure the University of Georgia has benefited from UK’s success. I am sure BullDog is a U of L or IU fan.

  35. Butthead
    4:27 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah theyve made some money off UK’s basetball success, but not nearly the money you’ve made off all the top tier football schools. Football $ = 100 x Basketball $$. This is a known fact…everywhere but Kentucky.

  36. Rae
    4:30 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    29. The Capital One Cup standings have us top 10, and that is every school. Statistics can be skewed depending on the competition.

    Founding member means there will be hell raised if we even think of leaving. It doesn’t make us good at football at all. We haven’t really been in the modern era. It just means we are stuck where we are. Again, moving to the Sunbelt conference wouldn’t benefit us at all, since we’d still not play exciting football and basketball would take a beating.

    You all benefit from us being a basketball school. We benefit from football revenue. Symbiotic relationship.

  37. Beavis
    5:47 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t agree with your math. Enlighten this poor old Kentucky boy. I suspect you are just spouting nonsense. Lets see some proof. We will believe proof,,,even here in Kentucky.

  38. Gator Chomp...
    6:08 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    Christ almighty you can’t be serious #37.

    For those of you who are link clicking illiterate heres the breakdown in 2011-2012.

    Football Television Contract $116.6 Million
    Bowl Revenue $34.2 Million
    SEC Football Championship $15.3 Million

    Basketball Championship $31.2 Million
    Basketball Tournament $4.9 Million
    NCAA Tournament Shares $14.4 Million.

    Let that sink in…the bowl revenue ALONE was more than double the NCAA Tournament shares. The SEC Football Championship game ALONE was worth more than the NCAA Tournament share. So you stand corrected #37…you are welfare recipient plain and simply.

    Now on to you #38. The Capital One Cup is an award that is slanted by ESPN to the sports that generate more coverage…i.e. football and basketball get more points than Cross Country. There is some validity to this…but if you want another measure where all sports are weighted equally you have the SEC All-Sports Trophy.

  39. Beavis
    7:29 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    # 38 Thanks for doing the research. # 35 stated that football $=100X basketball $. Does not quite equal that does it. Thanks for proving my point.

  40. Ummm
    11:22 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    #23) ok ok ok i was gunna be nice and not come back and say anything but after that qoute i cant just sit back and not say anything. im not even here to defend my cats either im here to defend my fbodys (trans am and camaro’s). im begging you not to make fun of a z28. just please dont do it. dude im 18 and drive an 01 trans am ws6 that is 1 of only 317 in its option ever built and it has won so many car show awards its not even funny. they are absolutley gorgeous cars when theyre taken care of not to mention i can promise you its faster than anything you could ever probably understand or afford because im with the guy that said you mighttttt have a GED. please go drive your beat down hyundai and stay away from the 5.7L 346cu LS1 V8 putting down 350 stock and mine puts 450 modded