The Dawg Bones: Georgia vs. Kentucky

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The Dawg Bones: Georgia vs. Kentucky

Georgia inside linebacker Nakobe Dean (17) during the Bulldogs' game with Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (Photo by Skylar Lien)
Georgia inside linebacker Nakobe Dean (17) during the Bulldogs’ game with Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (Photo by Skylar Lien)

Offense – Georgia

The Bulldogs get the edge here because the offense has finally come to fruition, and they are much more talented than the Wildcats; although both offense lines are pretty evenly matched. Georgia is led by Stetson Bennett IV, who has stepped up in a huge way this season to get the team to this point. Look for UGA’s running backs to be able to run the ball effectively against Kentucky’s weak defensive front. There’s just too much firepower and weapons on Georgia’s offense for Kentucky to stop as there is a huge talent level gap. No doubt the Wildcats have playmakers, but there’s very few and they will be going up against arguably the best defense in the country. The Bulldogs moved the ball well against Alabama in the first half, but expect them to move the football throughout the entire game against Kentucky.

Defense – Georgia

This one is a no-brainer because Georgia’s defense is one of the best in the nation. Through the first three weeks, they rank No. 5 in scoring defense, No. 1 in rush defense and No. 2 in total defense. This unit is led by seniors Richard LeCounte and Monty Rice, both of who are two of the best at their respective positions. It will be hard for the Wildcats to move the ball against them. As the season has progressed, the Kentucky offense has had less production with each game they have played. Georgia’s defense is looking to recover after a disappointing showing against Alabama where they gave up 41 points. The talent gap from Georgia to Kentucky drops off a ton. Expect the Bulldogs to suffocate the Wildcats all game long.

Special Teams – Georgia

Georgia’s specials have been great this season led by junior punter Jake Camarda, but the Wildcats boast the 2019 Ray Guy Award winner in Max Duffy. Although, Camarda is leading the country with Duffy ranked No. 3. Still, Georgia’s return game is dangerous with running back Kenny McIntosh leading the way. Through their first three games, the Bulldogs ranked No. 4 in the nation averaging 42.75 yards per return. Redshirt sophomore placekicker Jack Podlesny has near perfect this year and has made some big-time kicks. Overall, Georgia is more well balanced on special teams.

Coaching – Georgia

Kentucky’s Mark Stoops has done a tremendous job at Kentucky and has success, but Georgia gets the edge here because they’re playing for a lot more. Kirby Smart has built up a great coaching staff and they are one of the best teams in the country. There are mismatches all over the field, so look for Georgia to take advantage of those. Kentucky coordinators Kevin Gran and Brad White will have their hands full on Saturday.

Overall – Georgia

Georgia has been very unpredictable on offense at times, but even if they don’t play to their potential, the defense can play well enough to keep them in the game. The Bulldogs’ special team have been clicking on all cylinders all season along and don’t expect that to stop. The Wildcats may have success stopping Georgia on a couple of drives, but don’t expect that to happen all night. On the other hand, it may be hard for Kentucky to get anything going against that stout Georgia defense. Look for this game to be just like last year’s matchup. Expect the Bulldogs to bounce back in a big way after their loss to Alabama.

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