Kentucky is going to beat Georgia in Athens on Saturday.
Yeah. I said Kentucky is going to beat Georgia in Athens on Saturday.
No. I have not been drinking.
Why do I think this, you ask?
Because Georgia is in shambles.
The University of Georgia football program is a wreck right now. Half the fans stand behind Mark Richt, the other half are begging for him to be fired. (And as Freddie Maggard said on our podcast, there is a third half and they don’t care at all at this point.)
Fans are losing their minds down in Athens and you don’t have to watch Paul Finebaum everyday to know that. There’s finger-pointing, name-calling and all other sorts of frustration surrounding the program and it’s not going to get fixed before noon on Saturday.
Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton, a Bulldog legend, said yesterday, “This is not a good situation, it’s a bad situation at my alma mater.”
Because they don’t have anything to play for.
What’s the motivation? Georgia is practically eliminated from the SEC East, after being projected to win the division and contend for the SEC Championship in the preseason. Not to mention, they were widely considered a potential dark horse to sneak into a spot in the playoffs, as the ninth-ranked team in the preseason poll.
So if cracking the playoff was the ultimate goal, and it was ‘Atlanta or Bust’ at worst, what’s there to play for right now?
No matter what bowl invitation Georgia accepts, it will be a huge disappointment. It’s too late to play their way back into anything that will satisfy themselves or the fan base.
So why not mail it in? For the NFL prospects, and Georgia has a ton of them, why not protect those million-dollar knees? Why lay it all on the line now, against Kentucky? To maybe reach the Music City Bowl?
Because no Chubb.
Georgia has played two games since losing Heisman candidate Nick Chubb against Tennessee. Georgia scored zero touchdowns in those two games.
Sophomore running back Sony Michel has taken Chubb’s place in the Georgia backfield, and he will play with a broken hand on Saturday. Michel averaged just over three yards per carry in his two starts after Chubb’s season ended.
Because it’s Wednesday and Richt still hasn’t named his starting quarterback.
Richt probably knows who he will throw under center in the Kentucky game, but right now it is still a competition between Greyson Lambert and Brice Ramsey in practice, so Richt says. He is also re-shuffling his offensive line, with only one more practice before the game.
May I remind you, it is Week 10 of the college football season.
Because Shannon Dawson is going to utilize C.J. Conrad this week.
I don’t know this to be true, but it’s time Dawson unleashes Kentucky’s tight end. I can’t imagine Dawson will hold him back much longer.
Conrad has the best hands on the team and he is getting only one or two looks per game. That’s inexcusable. Send him over the middle and make the Bulldog defense respect the tight end position. Kentucky should make him a priority in the passing game, and I’m confident it will this week.
Because Georgia doesn’t use the same offense that continually kicks Kentucky’s ass.
Mississippi State, Tennessee and even Eastern Kentucky used versatile quarterbacks to pick apart Kentucky’s defense with the run-pass option and sheer athleticism to avoid the rush and pick up yards. Georgia does not have that kind of playmaker. Georgia runs a more traditional offense, unlike the offenses we watched trample the Wildcat D earlier this season and in every other season since Kentucky football was founded in 1896.
Because that’s just how life works.
This is one of, if not the main reason I believe Kentucky will upset Georgia in Athens and I can’t really explain it. The best way I know how to communicate the point is to simply say, it’s just how life works. It has been an up-and-down season for Kentucky football, and right when the wheels are falling off and fans are ready to jump ship, Kentucky will sneak in and get a huge win to confuse everyone. Because that’s how life works. We think we have everything figured out, then they flip the script on us.
Because it’s the most opportune time to do it.
Georgia is so vulnerable right now. The Dawgs are ripe for an embarrassing loss for that final straw on the camel’s back. Kentucky is catching them at the perfect time; and if the Cats can play fundamentally sound football and avoid backbreaking plays, Georgia will go down.