1. Win in the Trenches
Kentucky has developed a reputation of playing physical up front. With nine guys rotating on the offensive line, if the Cats can control the line of scrimmage, they can possess the ball and control the clock. That recipe has been the key to Kentucky’s success on offense.
On the defensive side of the ball, they’re starting to develop a rotation like the offensive line. Last week they played eight on the D-Line, the most all season. Georgia’s offensive line has struggled all year, especially at tackle. It’s been so bad, they were forced to move All-SEC guard Greg Pyke to tackle. If Kentucky can provide a surge at the line of scrimmage, they can neutralize Sony Michel and Nick Chubb.
2. First Down Defense
The other way you take Georgia’s running backs out of the game is by forcing them into passing situations. Last week Florida forced Georgia to play from behind, limiting Chubb and Michel to only 12 carries. If Georgia’s coaches are smart, they will try to get the running game going this week. If Kentucky can force them into 2nd and 6-8, they won’t be able to lean on their elite running back duo, forcing the game into the hands of true freshman quarterback Jacob Eason.
3. Turnovers, Turnovers, Turnovers
It’s getting a bit redundant, because it’s the truth. Kentucky’s margin of error is slim. Somehow they’ve been able to overcome adversity, but they won’t be able to get away with it against a talented Georgia team.
Defensively, Kentucky should be able to put pressure on Jacob Eason. The true freshman will make a few mistakes and the Cats must capitalize on every opportunity.