In addition to your regular rooting interests in Kentucky, it is OK to be a Georgia fan this coming weekend, too. Just this one time, though.
You see, Georgia will meet Florida in Jacksonville with some very serious SEC implications on the line. If Florida were to win that one, the Gators would then become the favorite to represent the East in Atlanta on December 1, and may not lose another game all year. (South Carolina and Missouri are its two remaining SEC games and both are in Gainesville.) Kentucky holds the tiebreaker over Florida with its head-to-head win earlier this year, but the Cats would likely need to run the table to match Florida at 7-1 in league play. That’s a tough task.
But if Georgia hands Florida a second loss on Saturday, Kentucky can still lose one of the Missouri and Tennessee road trips, and still win the division by beating Georgia at home. Georgia and Florida would each have two losses in this ideal scenario, and Kentucky would have the tiebreaker over both with a 2-0 record among the three two-loss teams in the East. One more loss — at Missouri or at Tennessee — would not change anything for UK, so long as it beats Georgia at home.
A Georgia win on Saturday will also help Kentucky in its efforts against Georgia the following week. If both Georgia and Kentucky win their upcoming games, the following Saturday’s game between the two schools will almost certainly earn CBS’s prime 3:30 time slot for the game in Lexington. Ideally, a night game would be best for Kentucky, but an under-the-lights game is out of the question after the league announced today it will be in one of three spots: noon on ESPN; 4:00 p.m. on SEC Network; or the CBS game at 3:30 p.m. We don’t want to see a noon kick if we want the home crowd to play a factor in the game.
So when you’re digesting all the Week 9 action college football throws your way this coming Saturday, don’t be afraid to pump your fists with the Georgia Bulldogs in the 3:30 CBS game. Big Blue Nation should be pulling for a 7-1 Kentucky versus a 7-1 Georgia in Lexington the following weekend with the SEC East title up for grabs.
Go Bulldogs (this one time) and always Go Cats.