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Four Things Kentucky Must Do to Win in Athens

Kentucky needs a big game from Mikel Horton, which starts on the offensive line. (Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports)

Kentucky needs a big game from Mikel Horton, which starts on the offensive line.  (Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports)

Kentucky needs a big game from Mikel Horton, but it starts on the offensive line. (Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports)

The Cats have only won at Georgia four times out of 33 trips to Athens.  They’ve played poorly through the last two games, but there are a few things Kentucky can do to get a win, and end another SEC East coach’s career.

Win the Turnover Battle

It’s not a matter if if, it’s a matter of when the turnovers are going to happen.  The rain could, and probably should swing the game in Georgia’s favor because they’ve played in the rain this year, even though it was a beat-down of epic proportions against Alabama.

When Kentucky pulled off the 2009 upset in Athens, the defense forced three second half turnovers.  Kentucky has failed to be opportunistic.  They must convert turnover opportunities and turn them into points.

Get Early Momentum

One cliche is a cliche because it’s true, “When it rains, it pours.”  The disastrous week in the Georgia locker room can be set aside come game time, but when things go wrong, problems resurface.  Mental stress is only exaggerated in the elements.  If Kentucky can make some big plays early and put the pressure on Georgia early, they will quickly check out mentally.

Provide Pressure

Even though I doubt they will throw the ball much, the quarterback must feel the presence of the Kentucky defense, early and often.  Georgia is playing both Lambert and Ramsey, sticking with whoever has the hot hand.  That means they’ll be shooting for the big play because they know their time is limited.

I’ll admit, it’s much easier said than done.  Kentucky’s pass rush has been nothing short of pathetic since Melvin Lewis’ injury.  I could’ve made a decent pass attempt with all the time they’ve been given.  Blitzes must be creative and well-timed to be successful.

The Offensive Line NEEDS to Open Holes

They’ve been nothing short of a disaster protecting Pat, but you can commend them for how they blocked the run last week against Tennessee.  It was one of the few positives you could take away from that game.  It’s going to be a grueling battle in the trenches today.  This unit will determine the outcome of the game.  Mikel Horton can run through some people, but only for so long.  If they are creating space, Kemp and King can take advantage of limited opportunities.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

1 Comment for Four Things Kentucky Must Do to Win in Athens



  1. Leroy Bird - 00
    11:48 am November 7, 2015 Permalink

    I feel pretty good about today – a total rainout, hand it to Horton 30 times. Let’s see what happens. Go Cats!