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How Kentucky Beats Georgia

The 5th ranked Georgia Bulldogs will visit Kroger Field after a bye week. UK’s latest performance had much of the BBN frustrated after a concerning loss to Missouri. The season and schedule roll on with games against the nation’s second, fifth, and tenth ranked teams looming. Let’s take a look at how the Wildcats can pull off the upset.

OFFENSE

Re-establish and stick to the run. Kentucky had 22 rushes that resulted in 98 yards against Missouri. That’s low numbers for the traditionally strong rushing attack. RB Chris Rodriguez is averaging 5.5 yards per carry and has scored four touchdowns. He only had 9 carries in the Cats’ most recent outing. That number has to increase in order to have a chance to win. Kentucky is averaging 184-rush yards per game, 4.7 yards per carry. A heavy dose of ground and pound may be just what the Cats need to get back on track. Georgia leads the SEC in Rushing Defense by allowing a mere 65 yards on the ground.

Win the turnover margin. The Cats have a +3 turnover margin compared to a +1 for the Dogs. Can’t cough it up or throw picks against this Georgia defense that is considered one of the best units in college football.

Exceed the season average in the passing game. Kentucky is averaging 124 pass yards per game. To have a shot at an upset, the UK quarterbacks will need to surpass that number. UGA is allowing 253 yards per game. Georgia is ranked 2nd in the SEC with 13 QB sacks and will present a consistent and explosive pass rush. Getting behind the chains and consistently in 3rd and 10+ situations could prove to be catastrophic.

Move the chains. I hate to continue referencing the Missouri game, but it is the Wildcats’ latest sample. UK recorded just eight first downs and ran 36 offensive plays. Drive continuing plays have to surface. The Cats are averaging 16.6 1st downs per game and converting 46% on 3rd down. 45 first downs have been the result of a run play, 32 by pass, and 6 by penalty. How the Cats move the chains depends on the down and distance. As mentioned earlier, 3rd and long will not be a friendly scenario. Early down success will be a priority.

Those linebackers man. OLB Azeez Ojulari is a havoc-producing machine for Kirby Smart. The redshirt sophomore has totaled 15 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 3 QB sacks, and 13 QB hurries. In other words, he’s a nightmare matchup. Inside linebacker Monty Rice is the team’s leading tackler with 24 and has also registered 2 tackles for loss as well as a QB sack. Nakobe Dean is equally as active after racking up 20 stops, 1.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 QB sack, and 7 QB hurries. ILB Quay Walker has contributed 19 tackles and 4 QB hurries. OLB Nolan Smith has 14 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 QB sacks, and 4 QB hurries. UGA will rotate 15 plus players in its front seven. The five LBs listed above combine for 11 tackles for loss, 7 QB sacks, and 28 QB hurries. Lots of havoc.

The Dawg D is absolutely loaded with talent. Its linebackers are all future pros and wreak havoc on opposing quarterbacks. The Cats will have their hands full but must be aware of blitzing LBs. Blitz pickup will be very important for the offensive line, quarterbacks, and running backs. Pre-snap communication and execution are critical against the onslaught that UK will face on Saturday night.


DEFENSE

Stop the chains. Georgia averages 22 1st downs per game. It’s moved the chains 44 times through the air, 38 on the ground, and 6 by penalty. Getting off the field will be paramount for Brad White’s unit. It didn’t do so vs. Mizzou. The Tigers converted 10/20 on 3rd down and 4/5 on fourth.

Hands up! Alabama knocked down several of Stetson Bennett IV’s passes at the line of scrimmage. Kentucky’s defensive line will need to do more of the same. Defensive linemen must get their hands up if a pass rush does not culminate deep in the pocket. Tipped passes could lead to interceptions. UK’s defense has proven to be opportunistic.

Eyes on numbers 10 and 1. #10 WR Kearis Jackson is Georgia’s slot receiver and dangerous in the passing game. Jackson is averaging 15 yards per catch and has 21 receptions for 323-yards. #1 George Pickens is 6’3, 200-pounds and can fly. He is the Dawg’s home-run hitter on the outside and is canny at 50/50 balls.

Hold the Dawgs to 150 rush yards. UGA is averaging 165 per game. RB Zamir White is the team’s leading rusher with 266 yards averaging 4.2 per carry. James Cook is equally as threatening and is a weapon in the passing game. UK is surrendering 129 yards per game, 3.5 yards per carry.


SPECIAL TEAMS

Don’t kick to Kenny McIntosh. The sophomore is leading the SEC with a 36.3 yards per kickoff return.

Max’s best day. In what could be a field position game, Max Duffy will need to rip off some boomers to lengthen the field for Georgia.


WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN?

Georgia is a highly talented team that is coming off a bye week following a loss to Alabama. The Dawgs are elite defensively and feature a ton of future NFL players. Stetson Bennett IV completes 57% of his passes and will lean on a traditional running game. Kentucky matches up well schematically. However, Georgia has the advantage athletically.

How will the Cats bounce back after a poor showing against Missouri? We’ll see. I think UK will be motivated after an embarrassing performance in Columbia. Will it be enough to pull off the upset? Again, we’ll see.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

29 Comments for How Kentucky Beats Georgia



  1. Pensacola_Cat_Fan
    12:17 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

    There should be just one sentence when you open the article: “There is no way on earth they can beat Georgia so let’s not waste time daydreaming”



  2. michaelb
    12:29 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

    This can be fun in the way of giving uga a nice scare before winning at Kroger field . I suspect the team to be on tilt , whether that’s good or bad remains to be seen .



  3. Ryan Lemonds Toupee
    12:49 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

    Only if Georgia forfeits due to COVID



  4. 2andToodleLoo
    12:59 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

    Their defense vs our offense. Not a snowballs chance in hell. The end. Bye.



  5. blueballs80
    1:05 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

    We don’t beat Georgia unless Georgia beats themselves.



  6. DoubleB65
    1:32 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

    Hahahahaha hahahahaha Hahahahahahaha hahah. This is the funniest thing I’ve read on KSR since KSR writers all predicted 7-3 or 6-4 at worst.

    We stand ZERO chance. Unless Georgia just stays down in Athens. It. ain’t. happening.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      4:22 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

      They could’ve beat every opponent they’ve played. Not this one but the rest.



  7. VMI1957
    1:55 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

    Georgia 57 Kentucky 10



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      4:23 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

      Ah the only time Very Much Inbreed 1957(their only ancestor who left the gene pool had their grandma with a chimp that year) might ever be right.



    • BowdenQB4ever
      6:09 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

      @thetruth that’s kind of a clunky insult, bubba. Maybe try again!



  8. Pensacola_Cat_Fan
    1:58 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

    I’m not saying we won’t play well. I’m fully anticipating that we will play much better, but we can’t beat Georgia even on a very good day.



  9. Bluehender
    2:25 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

    If we are mentally prepared and focused (unlike last week), we might keep this game relatively close, say 14-21 points. If we are not, then it be more like 49-7.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      4:19 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

      Ah the only time Very Much Inbreed 1957(their only ancestor who left the gene pool had their grandma with a chimp that year) might ever be right.



    • Bluehender
      4:27 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

      Lol…I may have to agree with you. And thus, him…



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      4:23 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

      Sorry my response jumped



  10. cats646
    3:20 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

    Here’s how we beat UGA. Leave the team we saw last week in Missouri. Bring that intensity we saw against those volunteers x2!! Come out of that locker room knowing we CAN go back in victorious!!!!!! Every play remember who you’re doing it for,22 AND for Schlarman!!!! Bring a fight to the dawgs! Bust them in the mouth from the first to last play! THATS how we’ll beat them! Now go get it done boys! GO BIG BLUE!!!!!



    • Bluehender
      4:09 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

      Well now if you think about it, Tennessee played Georgia to a close game in the first half. And they were never in the game against us. I like your positive thinking 646. Maybe, just maybe..if the moon and the stars line up just right…



  11. millertim
    4:18 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

    Georgia’s WHOLE team gets COVID… still will shut down Wilson and our “offense”…



  12. kentuckybackupplayer
    10:13 pm October 27, 2020 Permalink

    Machine guns with silencers. Guaranteed win.



  13. Irememberharrylancaster
    12:29 am October 28, 2020 Permalink

    Should have been the shortest article in KSR history.



  14. blueblood80
    11:54 am October 28, 2020 Permalink

    Freddie, I respect your insight as a former player, and always enjoy reading. I am not sure we could beat Georgia’s SECOND TEAM.
    TW is not the player from two years ago. Half a step slow and poor decisions on the run pass option. With a newborn, I don’t blame an opt out. He will never make a dollar playing football. Get that degree and be a great father Terry. This is just a college football game that we fans just try and get a little enjoyment and pride from. Unfortunately, this year is a disappointment. I hope the team doesn’t quit, like Tennessee did.
    THANKS Terry Wilson. At least I got to witness in person the biggest football accomplishment in over 40 years: a 27-24 victory over Penn State in the 2018 VRBO Citrus Bowl!



  15. mothandras
    9:10 am October 31, 2020 Permalink

    Going to be a shutout.. sorry guys.. we would lose this anyway but with a green QB.. lots of TOs.



  16. Bluenblood
    9:49 am October 31, 2020 Permalink

    Listen we had one of those awful games every team has during the year. Back off the ledge and find some good in this game. Lets score on them, turn the ball over you know. Of course if we get their attention piss them off reality will set in. GA by 21+



  17. binarysolo
    11:31 am October 31, 2020 Permalink

    Thoughts and prayers.