DAWG BONES OFFENSE – GEORGIA
Both offenses rank in the middle of the pack in the SEC in terms of total offense. Georgia seems to have found a rhythm, though, running the ball, getting to 200+ yards rushing now in three straight games. Stetson Bennett will likely be Georgia’s starter again next week and has made plays through play-action passes and using his athleticism to run the ball. This is a close one but the Bulldogs outscore Kentucky by almost 10 points per game, which gives the edge to UGA on offense.
DAWG BONES DEFENSE – GEORGIA
Auburn moved the ball well on their first drive against Georgia but then the Bulldogs became comfortable. They sacked Tigers quarterback Bo Nix four times and only allowed 10 total points to an Auburn team that was averaging 40 per game coming in. Kentucky has the 11th ranked defense according to NCAA.com, so Georgia’s offense will have a tough challenge this week. However, the Bulldogs defense is widely recognized as the best in the country, until that changes they take the “Dawg Bone” in this category.
DAWG BONES SPECIAL TEAMS – GEORGIA
This is another close category. There’s nothing Kentucky has done wrong on special teams, but Georgia tends to be really good, especially at home in the kicking game. Kicker Jack Podlesny has been more consistent as of late and punter Jake Camarda continues to be one of the best in the county. Kentucky kicker Matt Ruffolo only has five field goal attempts on the year, which could be worrisome if he has to kick in a high-pressure situation.
DAWG BONES COACHING – GEORGIA
It’s tough to compare any staff against the ‘Dawgs coaching staff right now because it’s filled with guys who are likely to become head coaches. Offensive coordinator Todd Monken and defensive coordinator Dan Lanning have been aggressive and creative with their play-calling through six games. Mark Stoops has done a tremendous job this year at Kentucky, but will have to prove that he can go on the road and out-coach Kirby Smart.
DAWG BONES OVERALL – GEORGIA
This is the most important game of the season for both teams. It is just the middle of the season, but the winner will almost surely represent the SEC East in Atlanta for the SEC Championship. Kentucky has pulled off two impressive wins in a row at home against LSU and Florida. They are also one of the more physical teams Georgia will face all year. However, the talent differential still stands out. With the game being at Sanford Stadium, the No. 1 Bulldogs will be heavily favored.