An optimistic and a pessimistic person will have two very different outlooks of today’s game between Kentucky and No. 5 Georgia at Kroger Field. When the ball kicks off at noon on the SEC Network, Joey Gatewood will receive his first career start at quarterback.
A pessimist sees this as the worst possible scenario to break in a new quarterback. Considered by most as the best defense in the SEC, Georgia is particularly stout against the run, ranked fourth nationally by only allowing 65.5 yards per game. The Dawgs will focus on taking away UK’s bread and butter on the ground and force the inexperienced quarterback to make plays. That’s just a small sample of the challenges Georgia will present Gatewood.
An optimist might see this as the perfect opportunity to revitalize a stale Kentucky offense. If Gatewood can successfully get the Wildcats moving, Kentucky’s defense is disruptive enough to force Stetson Bennett to make potentially critical mistakes. Kentucky has played Georgia close in recent years. If the Wildcats are able to pull off the upset it would snap a ten-game losing streak and be the first win over a ranked Georgia team since 1988.
The BBN is asking a lot from Joey Gatewood. Even if he plays well, no one may be able to tell, thanks to the Dawgs incredible defense. But if he can some how lead Kentucky to a win, it would be the birth of a legend.
Vegas, TV, Radio
After Kentucky opened as 13-point underdogs. That number grew to 17 shortly after Mark Stoops announced that Terry Wilson would not be playing against Georgia. The total is 42.5 points.
Tom Hart, Jordan Rogers and Cole Cubelic will be on the call for the SEC Network beginning at noon. If you can’t watch all of the action, you can hear the Voice of the Wildcats, Tom Leach, on a variety of platforms.
- AM: 840 WHAS, 630 WLAP
- FM: 98.1 WBUL
- Satellite: XM-385 and Sirius-136
- Online: iHeart Radio
The KSR Pregame Show in on RIGHT NOW
Turn 630 WLAP on your radio dial or stream online with iHeart Radio to hear Matt Jones, Ryan Lemond, Drew Franklin and Freddie Maggard break down the Cats and the Dawgs for the next two hours. Need to change it up? We have a complete podcast lineup available to make sure you’re prepared for today’s game.
- Free Money with Matt and Drew
- The KSR Football Podcast
- The Depth Chart Podcast with Freddie Maggard
- 11 Personnel
In addition to Terry Wilson’s wrist injury, nose guard Quinton Bohanna will be absent from today’s game with a sprained knee. Defensive coordinator Brad White did not give a specific timetable for his return, but Bully McCall, the nose guard playing in Bohanna’s place, said Q “is close.” That affirms the report from earlier this week by Matt Zenitz that Bohanna should be back after the bye week.
Running back Kavosiey Smoke was dressed and ready to play last Saturday but never entered the game. He should be available this afternoon against Georgia.
The Cats are rocking blue lids, blue jerseys and white pants against Georgia.
College Football on TV
The SEC slate doesn’t have a ton to offer. Every game is a double-digit spread except for Auburn-LSU. Even so, things heat up in primetime.
- Noon: Boston College at #1 Clemson on ABC
- Noon: Memphis at #7 Cincinnati on ESPN
- Noon: Michigan State at #13 Michigan on Fox
- 3:30: LSU at Auburn on CBS
- 3:30: #4 Notre Dame at Georgia Tech on ABC
- 3:30: TCU at Baylor on ESPN2
- 3:30: Northwestern at Iowa on ESPN
- 4:00: Texas at #6 Oklahoma State on Fox
- 4:00: Virginia Tech at UofL on ACCN
- 4:00: Ole Miss at Vandy on SECN
- 7:00: Miss. State at #2 Alabama on ESPN
- 7:30: #3 Ohio State at #18 Penn State on ABC
- 7:30: Arkansas at #8 Texas A&M on SECN
- 7:30: Navy at #22 SMU on ESPN2
- 8:00: #15 North Carolina at Virginia on ACCN
- 8:00: #24 Oklahoma at Texas Tech on Fox
- 10:15: WKU at #11 BYU on ESPN
Saturday Night Commitment
One of the best shot-blockers in America is expected to become a Kentucky Wildcat. Tonight at 6 pm ET Daimion Collins will announce his college decision, choosing between Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Kansas and the Cayts. Recruited by Jai Lucas, UK’s newest assistant could secure the third Kentucky basketball commitment in ten days, following Bryce Hopkins and Skyy Clark.
High School Football Scores
KSR curse be damned, the home team won Kroger’s KSR Game of the Week. A big second half propelled Johnson Central to a 35-14 victory over Belfry.
Other scores from beneath Kentucky’s Friday night lights:
- Corbin 48, Somerset 21
- Bryan Station 35, Dunbar 28
- E-Town 55, North Bullitt 41
- East Carter 18, Boyd County 17
- Taylor County 28, Bourbon County 26
- Danville 28, Raceland 25
- Trinity 42, Bowling Green 7
- Southwestern 41, Madison Central 35
Please, safely enjoy the spooky occasion under the blue moon of Kentucky, especially the Kit-Kats, by far and away the best item a trick-or-treater can receive.