Kentucky-Georgia preview, statistics, predictions
By DUSTIN CORDELL, Contributing Writer
When the season started did anyone really believe Kentucky would be in this position going into the Georgia game? The simple answer to that question would be no even if you wanted to believe it. We all thought this could be a special year, but special in those terms were 8 wins (9 with a bowl) in a season for the first time in many years. Now though, now here the Cats are sitting at 7 wins just 8 games into the season with so much on the line.
The game Saturday is what they say “for all the marbles”, as the winner of this game will lock up the SEC eastern division. I will say that again just because of how great it sounds, the winner of this game wins the SEC east and will be headed to Atlanta to play in the SEC Championship game. While Kentucky will still have 3 games left on the season and a chance at a very special 10-11 win season, it is clear this is the most important game of the Stoops era and it is not even close. The Cats currently sit at 9th in the College Football Playoff standings and a win over Georgia would probably propel them up at least 2-3 spots in those rankings.
This is a game where the Cats will have to bring their A+ game if they want to have a real shot of winning on Saturday. While the Kentucky defense has been amazing, the offense must be able to move the ball and put up some points to keep the Bulldogs off the field. I do not expect the Cats to hold the Bulldogs team to 14 points or less like they have others recently. With that said, if the Cats can find a way to score in the 20’s they will have a legit shot of winning this one as I do not believe the Cats defense will give up 30+ on Saturday.
The best thing about that is the fact that the Kentucky players and coaching staff knows these things as well and I believe fans from both sides will see a very close, hard fought game. Kentucky will come out on a mission to show they can run the ball and Georgia while strong at stopping the run, has shown that teams can run on them. This is also a game where Josh Allen may feast with the fact that Georgia is beat up along the offensive line so that is a matchup to keep an eye on going into the game. I have a key player for this game that may surprise most of you but if it is a close game like I expect, Chance Poore could be of the upmost importance.
Enough talking, lets get into the numbers and predictions. Be sure to share your predictions in the comment section.
Points per game: 25.6
Total yards per game: 362.1
Passing yards per game: 148.1
Rushing yards per game: 214.0
Points allowed per game: 13.0
Total yards allowed: 295.3
Passing yards allowed: 186.8
Rushing yards allowed: 108.5
Passing: Terry Wilson 100-153, 988 yards, 5 td’s 6 int’s
Jake Fromm 116-172, 1,649 yards, 16 td’s 4 int’s
Rushing: Benny Snell 179 carries, 935 yards, 9 td’s
Elijah Holyfield 85 carries, 559 yards, 5 td’s
Receiving: Lynn Bowden 43 catches, 457 yards, 3 td’s
Riley Ridley 27 catches, 374 yards, 5 td’s
Larry Vaught: 20-14 Georgia MVP: Darius West
Dustin Cordell: 23-21 Kentucky (Chance with 2 field goals) MVP: Chance Poore
Cameron Mills: 21-20 Kentucky MVP: Benny Snell
Matthew Bradford: 24-21 Kentucky (game winning drive late) MVP: Kash Daniel