Is anyone picking Kentucky to upset Georgia tomorrow? Not that I can find. As we do every Friday, let’s take a look at predictions from the national media. While some college football experts believe Kentucky will cover the spread against the Bulldogs — which opened at +13 and is now +17 — no one was brave enough to call the upset.
ESPN Football Power Index
ESPN’s betting insiders: Georgia -15
Doug Kezirian: This is a very bad matchup for Kentucky. The Wildcats rank 83rd out of 101 FBS teams with 5.8 yards per pass attempt, so I imagine Kentucky will try to move the ball with its ground game. But Georgia owns arguably the nation’s top defense and will easily be able to shut down a one-dimensional offense. Plus, this is Georgia’s first game since losing at Alabama, so I am expecting a good effort from the Dawgs, who remain in the national championship picture. Even with mediocre QB play from Stetson Bennett, Georgia should be able to cover this number because of its top-notch defense.
Pick: Georgia -15; Georgia -7.5 first half (at DraftKings), Kentucky team total under 13.5 (DK)
Stanford Steve: Georgia -14
Love the spot here for the Dawgs, coming off a bye after getting shut out in the second half versus Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The defense will travel to Lexington for this one, and on top of that, UK looks as if it might be starting Auburn transfer Joey Gatewood for the first time this season at QB. We’ll lay the points here with Kirby Smart’s squad.
Pick: Georgia -14 (Georgia 34, Kentucky 18)
CBS Sports staff (against the spread and straight up)
No. 5 Georgia (-14.5) at Kentucky: Georgia is going to keep its foot on the gas for a full four quarters knowing that the rivalry game vs. Florida is one week away. Whether it’s Stetson Bennett, JT Daniels or somebody else under center, expect the playbook to be emptied. After all, the Bulldogs have to know what works and what doesn’t. If it sounds like I’m considering this game a tune-up for the Bulldogs, it’s because I am. Georgia’s defense isn’t going to feel threatened by a Kentucky offense that hasn’t cracked five yards per play in four of the five games this season. Pick: Georgia (-14.5)
Sports Illustrated staff: Georgia
Athlon Sports’ Eric Sorenson: Georgia
If the Wildcats could only muster 145 total yards and eight measly first downs against Missouri, imagine how that mean, nasty, aggressive Georgia defense is going to put the clamps on them?
The Junkyard Dogs are generally considered to have some of the best talent on the defensive side of the ball, and, barring any illegal transfers into the UK program that the NCAA didn’t catch, should have no problem dealing with the toothless Wildcat offense.
Prediction: Georgia 28, Kentucky 9
Each week, the Tennessean asks a panel of SEC writers to pick league games against the spread. Three of the fourteen writers think Kentucky will cover +14.5 tomorrow:
- Glenn Guilbeau, Daily Advertiser
- Cecil Hurt, The Tuscaloosa News
- Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger
- Predicted Score: Georgia 23.6 Kentucky 13.4
- Georgia will WIN, Kentucky will COVER (+17), and the total (42.5) will go UNDER