Kentucky is a 2.5-point underdog to Georgia in the eyes of Vegas, but after Kentucky’s three-game SEC winning streak, who knows what will happen tomorrow. Regardless, enjoy this roundup of predictions from pundits across this great nation of ours.
ESPN FPI: 58.6% Georgia
(This isn’t as absurd as the FPI giving Missouri a 74% chance to win last week, but still, FPI is whack.)
Georgia (-2) at Kentucky: The Bulldogs’ rushing attack was firing blanks against Florida, failing to get Nick Chubb and/or Sony Michel rolling against Jarrad Davis and that nasty Gators defensive front. Eason needs that balance to help open up the offense and the play-action passing game, and without it, he’s a sitting duck on third down. Kentucky’s defense is a major drop-off from where Florida is, and I think you’ll see more free range Georgia runners this week. Pick: Bulldogs -2
These two teams come into this matchup on opposite ends of the spectrum: Kentucky riding high after three straight wins while the Dawgs trying to figure out themselves. Georgia is the more talented team here, and Kentucky has had a history of collapsing late in the season under Stoops, but this is a different Kentucky team. Commonwealth Stadium will (hopefully) be packed. Kentucky clinches a bowl, and all of Lexington forgets about basketball for a good five minutes.
Georgia vs. Kentucky Score Prediction: Kentucky 34, Georgia 31
Michael: How much life does Georgia have in it after dropping four of the last five games? On paper, this game would appear to favor the Bulldogs by a wide margin, but Kentucky may very well be the hottest team in the East right now after winning five of the last six games.
Working in Georgia’s favor in this matchup is the team’s run defense, which rates as the No. 4 unit in the league. When Kentucky struggles to run the ball and has been forced to pass this season, the results have not been pretty on offense.
I look for Jacob Eason to have a bounce back game in Lexington and put up some impressive numbers against an average UK defense. The way these two have been playing lately, this one could come down to the wire.
Georgia 20, Kentucky 17
Kevin: Georgia has lost four of five. Is it near implosion territory or will they bounce back against the Cats? It’s really difficult to predict.
Kentucky has some momentum and should have a great home crowd. I’m going to go with Kentucky in a close one. Get that bowl game, Stoops!
Kentucky 21, Georgia 20
Quick word of wisdom: A Kentucky win and an Arkansas win over Florida will turn next week’s game with Tennessee into a potential SEC East Championship Game (contingent on Florida-LSU outcome).
I will pick this game based on nothing but the most recent status of each team. Georgia will win nine times out of ten years, but this Week 10 Bulldogs team of 2016 is not ready to win this game. They would have won three or four weeks ago, but not this week. Kentucky is hot at the right time and coaching and confidence will be the difference this week.