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What To Watch For: Georgia

Last week’s severe weather plagued match-up in Fayetteville, Arkansas against John L. Smith’s Razorbacks was certainly one to forget for Kentucky’s fans, players, and coaches.  Unfortunately for the previously mentioned group of people, this weekend’s quickly approaching homecoming game vs. Georgia doesn’t look to offer any bright spots to help alleviate last week’s humiliating outcome.  Mark Richt’s Bulldogs, who are still very much in contention for the SEC East crown, enter the game 5-1 and will bring an immense amount of talent on both sides of the ball for this Saturday’s late night match-up in Commonwealth Stadium.  While they bring high levels of skill on both offense and defense, the Georgia offense, led by Junior Quarterback Aaron Murray, will take center stage against a Wildcat defense that is experiencing an all time level of incompetency.


The biggest weakness for Kentucky this season has undoubtedly been stopping the opponent from doing just about whatever they please on offense, particularly in the passing game.  Unfortunately for Rick Minter’s defense, that weakness will be exploited early and often as Aaron Murray is one of the SEC’s, and arguably, one the nation’s elite Quarterbacks.  He’s put up the numbers to supplement the “nation’s elite” hype as well.  So far on the six game season, he is averaging a spectacular 9.24 yards per pass, has a Passer Rating of 159.3, and has tossed 12 touchdowns while only throwing 4 picks.  While most of this is due to his undeniable skill set, he has certainly gotten some help from his outstanding group of receivers thus far.  Michael Bennett and Tavarres King are the Dawgs’ leading receivers with 345 and 323 yards gained on the season respectively.  To pair with these gaudy yardage totals are their 7 combined touchdowns and elite level yard per reception totals of 14.4 and 19.0.  This offense isn’t one dimensional either as leading ball carrier, Todd Gurley, is averaging a mind numbing 7.1 yards per carry.  Given all this, it’s hard to envision a scenario where Kentucky’s porous defense could slow this elite attack.


While the Bulldogs aren’t exactly having an excellent defensive season thus far, they have many players that will find themselves playing on Sundays sooner rather than later.  Senior Safety, Bacarri Rambo, is a prime example of the high levels of defensive talent calling Georgia home.  After serving his four game suspension for a violation of team rules, he has come back with a fury, obtaining 15 tackles (9 of which were solo).  Rambo isn’t the only Bulldog getting high praise for his abilities either, OLB Jarvis Jones and DT John Jenkins are both projected to go in the first round of 2013’s NFL Draft by  In six games Jones has acquired 37 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and picked off an opposing pass as well.  Jenkins, the 6’3” 360 pound behemoth has 15 tackles on the year and is arguably the nation’s most elite Nose Tackle.  Pair Georgia’s playmakers with a Kentucky offense that comes into the game struggling to find any success given injuries and you have a recipe for a Wildcat disaster.


The Bulldogs enter the game as 27-point favorites and it’s easy to understand why.  The disparity in talent on both sides of the ball will almost assure a Georgia victory against a coach who is battling for his job at the current juncture.  In fact, it’s difficult to imagine a way Kentucky could even keep the contest competitive given the vast amount of NFL talent wearing Red & Black.  Can Kentucky pull off an upset for the ages?  While it’s theoretically possible in the same way I could acquire Kate Upton’s phone number, the likelihood of that occurring is microscopic given the series history and obvious skill disparity.

Article written by Jonathan Schuette

23 Comments for What To Watch For: Georgia

  1. tdogg40330
    8:14 pm October 18, 2012 Permalink

    I wish Towles was healthy enough to play

  2. Jushka
    8:17 pm October 18, 2012 Permalink

    Another horrible article from Jonathan Schuette.

  3. Real UK Fan
    8:18 pm October 18, 2012 Permalink

    Since Kentucky does not play football, it is reasonable to assume that that the final score will be whatever Georgia decides it wants the score to be.

  4. UKFaniac
    8:23 pm October 18, 2012 Permalink

    What to watch for? Another brutal beating at the hands of a team that is actually coached.

  5. Topical Pseudonym
    8:26 pm October 18, 2012 Permalink

    Who can “watch for” something they’re not going to watch?

  6. Topical Pseudonym
    8:26 pm October 18, 2012 Permalink

    I spent about as much time not reading this article as I will not watch the football game

  7. Rixter
    8:48 pm October 18, 2012 Permalink

    Can we start referring to Joker as our ‘ex-coach in waiting’?

  8. Let's Be Honest...
    8:56 pm October 18, 2012 Permalink

    No one gives a crap about UK Football, articles about UK Football, or anything related to UK Football. So, let’s stop pretending anyone cares about UK Football and maybe Joker will get the hint and just go away…

  9. Free bird
    9:23 pm October 18, 2012 Permalink

    Mitch likes football now because it’s as popular as his other beloved sports like volleyball and girls tennis.

  10. Big Blue
    9:32 pm October 18, 2012 Permalink

    What to watch for?? —- this will be another ‘Friday the 13th’ scary movie script for UK. ‘Jason’ is waiting for us!

  11. barn
    9:34 pm October 18, 2012 Permalink

    maybe their plane will be hijacked to cuba, in which case uga forfeits. right?

  12. Mark Richt's job security
    10:13 pm October 18, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks for being in the SEC, UK. You make my job a lot easier. If you are looking for a coach soon, I recommend firing Joker, and hiring Joe Phillips.

  13. Michael Bennett's ACL Tear
    10:56 pm October 18, 2012 Permalink

    Can a man on crutches catch TD’s?

  14. Catlogic15
    12:22 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    Wheather looks good for Saturday. What excuse will Mitch have to quit in the third quarter this time?

  15. bluebarnes
    2:52 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    The article above refers to Minters defense. He has none. I wonder when they let Joker go if the closing deal if they can not pay Minter. If you hired a painter to paint your house and he didn’t do it you wouldn’t have to pay him. Minter was hired to be defensive cord. and so far he is worse than Steve Brown. Maybe the worst hire in UK HIstory.

  16. SteveM
    9:04 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    # 3-8–right on the money. This program is a disgrace and anyone who actually attends these games is doing a real dis-service to UK by enabling the bumbling Barnhart and the incompetent Joker to put a product on the filed that is not worthy of our fanhood.

  17. D Wolf
    10:05 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    No mention that Michael Bennett tore his ACL, and is obviously out for the season. I think that hurt them a little against USC. But they still have some really good WRs.

  18. KYWCAT
    10:59 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    Showing up to support the players on the field in no way shows support for Joker or Barnhart nor does it enable them. It does prove who is a Wildcat though. If you don’t show, you have no voice here, there or anywhere. Turn in your Blue, you don’t deserve our basketball, tennis, volleyball or anything else either. We appreciate you not contributing this season and driving down all revenue. Probably left us in a position where now Barnhart can’t afford to hire a coach because he has to make up for loss revenue (2 million), pay Joker’s contract (2.5 Million) and place a raise for new coaches (4-6 million). If you were an AD you couldn’t afford to fire him now either. Just support the cat. Joker’s record will take care of itself and maybe the legislature will allow us some loans. That is where your gripe should be. BOT and legislature. Again appreciate it.

  19. theWilkman
    11:05 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    What to watch for – an SEC team taking the field against one that would struggle in Division II

    #18 – Usually I am with you, and if I lived in/around Lexington I would be all for attending the games even when the product is terrible. I did while I was in school, believe me. But buying a ticket, getting a hotel room, and buying gas just to see us get embarrassed is not justifiable. I went to 2 games last year and the product was barely better than it is now; this year it is just not something I am willing to spend money on.

    As for money, If the AD/BOT want to ditch Joker and get a new coach, they can and will. They will make the numbers work. Only other option is to keep him, cross their fingers and hope he turns it around, or the loss in revenue will continue and handicap the program even more than it is.

  20. wldctky
    11:56 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    what to watch for… UK being shutout again!!!

  21. BullDogBall
    12:09 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    What to watch for: Severe pain followed by a deep depression. Georgia will make the Arkansas whoppin’ look like a tie game.
    You all REALLY need to move over to the Sun Belt.Or beg the Big East to be a “football only” addition.

  22. 502Cat
    12:22 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    The best part about the football games are the pre and post game shows.

  23. KYWCAT
    2:09 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    #21 appreciate your input but as a charter member of the SEC we aren’t going anywhere. That is of course unless you guys want to transfer to Sun Belt or less in basketball? Then we may consider a move. Nah, I’m kidding. We won’t move but you guys may want to check that out.