Georgia Bulldogs at Kentucky Wildcats Game Day

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    The Georgia Bulldogs will try and rebound from an ugly loss in a big SEC game against the Kentucky Wildcats.
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    Saturday’s game was supposed to give the Georgia Bulldogs a fourth consecutive win over the Florida Gators and further control of the SEC East. Instead, an inability to stop the Gators’ ground attack resulted in one of the most embarrassing Georgia losses in recent history.

    And while there are still plenty of meaningful goals that can be accomplished by this Georgia team, the Bulldogs must fix their run defense to have any shot at an SEC Championship.

    In the case of Saturday’s game, statistics tell quite a story. Florida ran the ball 60 times while attempting just six passes. Further review makes it abundantly clear that this disproportionate load had less to do with freshman quarterback Treon Harris’ inability to pass and tons to do with Georgia’s complete failure against the run.

    As Bulldogs defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt asked rhetorically (per Seth Emerson of Macon’s The Telegraph), “If you can’t stop it, why would you do something else? When you look up and they’ve got over 400 yards rushing, it’s pretty obvious we couldn’t stop it.”

    Florida’s 60 carries, 50 of which belonged to Kelvin Taylor and Matt Jones, resulted in 418 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns. And on a day when things did not go as planned, each and every one of those yards negated something positive for Georgia.

    Freshman running back Nick Chubb accounted for 215 yards while replacing suspended star running back Todd Gurley in the Bulldogs lineup. But Georgia’s glaring deficiency against the run made that effort fruitless.

    Quarterback Hutson Mason threw for 319 yards, but that didn’t matter because Georgia couldn’t stop the Gators on the ground.

    When all was said and done, what appeared to be an even game based on the box score was a blowout win for Florida in which Georgia never really seemed capable of winning. And the Bulldogs’ struggles defending the run leave ongoing cause for concern at two levels.

    First and foremost, Saturday’s display calls into question the toughness of coordinator Jeremy Pruitt’s unit. Time and time again, Florida lined up with one sole intention—to run the ball. And time and time again, Georgia yielded yardage—both in large bunches and in hard-earned five-to-seven-yard gains.

    Georgia had shown glimpses of unrest against the run, particularly in the loss to South Carolina when backup running back Brandon Wilds consistently picked up first downs and advanced the Gamecocks’ cause in a narrow victory. But Saturday’s shortcomings were more alarming, because Florida’s game plan was so abundantly clear from the onset.

    Florida attempted just five passes in the first half, so Georgia began stacking the box. In a second half that saw Florida attempt just one pass, the Gators racked up 256 rushing yards. And that was with safeties like Quincy Mauger and Corey Moore sneaking up to play the run and Damian Swann cheating in from his star position.

    Florida didn’t merely happen upon yards as Georgia’s defense struggled to anticipate play-calling (which was partly the case against South Carolina). On the contrary, the Gators willed yardage against Georgia’s front throughout the contest, even with clear intentions. And it should be noted that unlike Georgia’s offense, which played without its best player (Gurley), the Bulldogs defense was fully intact.

    The second and more pressing concern is that Florida didn’t just expose a weakness, the Gators exposed a weakness that several future Georgia opponents will be able to exploit.

    Two of Georgia’s remaining four opponents, Auburn and Georgia Tech, rank in the Top 10 nationally in rushing offense. Accordingly, the Tigers and Yellow Jackets must feel awfully good about moving the football against the Bulldogs. After all, two Gators, Jones and Taylor, ran for career highs against Georgia on Saturday. And they did so against a healthy Georgia defense and without even feigning a desire to pass.

    And if Georgia plays its way into the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta, something that seemed all but assured prior to the Florida game but now is entirely up in the air, the Bulldogs will likely face Mississippi State, Auburn or Alabama. Those three teams combined average more than 250 rushing yards per contest.

    The absence of Todd Gurley, the improvement of Hutson Mason and the emergence of the defensive secondary are no longer hindering this Georgia team. But a much more alarming deficiency defined this team yesterday. Georgia needs to make the loss to Florida and the onslaught of rushing yards allowed an outlier performance. Otherwise, the Bulldogs can say goodbye to dreams of an SEC Championship.

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    The players talked all week about what a celebration might be like on the plane ride home from Missouri if they could end their road losing streak. The head coach got a sizeable raise and contract extension just before the team boarded its flight to the game.

    Then the University of Kentucky football team delivered perhaps its most disappointing effort all season Saturday. The Wildcats took a 20-10 loss and another somber return trip. The final margin hardly tells the tale of how thorough a thumping the Tigers provided.

    “They beat us in every one-on-one matchup. They outcoached us. They outplayed us,” UK coach Mark Stoops said. “I’m very disappointed in the way we came in and played. I thought we were ready to play. I truly did.”

    Instead, the Wildcats (5-4, 2-4) stumbled into a 20-3 deficit and eventually suffered their 20th consecutive road loss and 25th in a row outside the Bluegrass State. There are two road games left this season, but both are driving trips to Tennessee and Louisville.

    For senior defensive end Bud Dupree, who has never experienced a joyful flight home, it meant a sad reality Saturday night: “Be silent again. Last plane ride will be silent.”

    More significantly, Kentucky has now lost three straight overall and that 5-1 start is a distant memory. The Cats are down to their final three games needing another win to reach a bowl game for the first time since 2010.

    #194963

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    The Georgia Bulldogs are coming off a devastating week 10 loss to the Florida Gators on a neutral field. The loss likely marked the end of any hope Georgia had of making the first ever playoffs in 2014. The Kentucky Wildcats are looking to become bowl eligible with one more win this season and they can still ruin Georgia’s chances of winning an SEC East title.

    Hutson Mason leads the Georgia offense despite his lackluster passing effort this season. Mason has been a fraction of what Aaron Murray was for the Bulldogs during his career, passing for just 1,341 yards and 11 touchdowns with just three interceptions though eight games. Mason’s favorite target has been Chris Conley, catching 22 passes for 385 yards and three touchdowns while Michael Bennett leads the team in receptions with 28 for 291 yards and a team-high four touchdown catches. Todd Gurley could return to the run game next week after being suspended for violating team rules three weeks ago. On the year, Gurley has rushed for 773 yards and eight touchdowns on 8.2 yards per carry while his replacement, Nick Chubb, is close behind with 725 yards and six touchdowns on six yards per touch.

    Kentucky’s aerial attack has vastly improved this season behind sophomore Patrick Towles. The first-year starter leads the 47th-ranked pass game with 2,235 yards, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions while completing 59.3 percent of his throws. Towles’ favorite target has been sophomore wide out Ryan Timmons who has a team-high 40 receptions for 493 yards and two touchdowns. Demarco Robinson is second on the team with 25 catches for 395 yards and a touchdown while Javess Blue leads the team with four touchdown catches on 18 receptions for 346 yards. Jojo Kemp leads all running backs with 313 yards and four touchdowns; Braylon Heard has been the most efficient runner on the team, rushing for 299 yards and three touchdowns while averaging 6.4 yards per carry.

    Defensively, the Wildcats have been consistently average this season. Kentucky ranks 51st in points allowed per game as well as 51st in total yards allowed per contest. Georgia struggled in last week’s loss, but has been solid overall. The Bulldogs have the 37th-best scoring defense as well as the 21st-ranked total defense, allowing just 336 yards per game.

    Georgia will travel to Kentucky to take on the Wildcats at 12 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 8. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.

    #194964

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    The Line: Kentucky Wildcats +13

    TV: ESPN

    The Kentucky Wildcats and the Georgia Bulldogs face off on Saturday in Lexington in a SEC college football matchup.

    The Kentucky Wildcats are having a year they can build on for the future but they have lost their last three games. Kentucky has two SEC wins but they are 2-4 overall in the conference. The UK offense is averaging 29.2 points and 407.8 yards per game and they are led by QB Patrick Towles who has completed 59.1 percent of his passes with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. Jojo Kemp has rushed for 313 yards and four touchdowns and Braylon Heard has rushed for 299 yards and three touchdowns while Ryan Timmons is the Cats leading receiver with 40 receptions and two touchdowns. The Kentucky defense allows 24.2 points and 371.2 yards per game and they have created 18 turnovers. Josh Forrest has 75 tackles and two interceptions, Za’Darius Smith has 51 tackles, and Alvin Dupree has 50 tackles including 5.5 sacks. Kentucky still needs a win to become bowl eligible.

    The Georgia Bulldogs appeared to be headed towards the SEC Championship game with a chance of getting into the College Football Playoff but they were absolutely whipped by Florida last Saturday in Jacksonville. Georgia will look to rebound in this one but they were beaten in every facet of the game by the Gators. For the season the Georgia offense is averaging 40.5 points and 440 yards per game and hey are led by QB Hutson Mason who has completed 67.6 percent of his passes with 11 touchdowns and three interceptions. With Todd Gurley still not reinstated Nick Chubb continues to be the number one option in the Bulldogs rushing attack and he has 725 yards and six touchdowns and 13 receptions with two more touchdowns. Michael Bennett is Georgia’s leading receiver with 28 catches and four touchdowns and Chris Conley has 22 catches and three touchdowns. The Dawgs defense allows 22.2 points and 336.1 yards per game and they have created 18 turnovers but they had no answers last week. Amarlo Herrera has 68 tackles including three sacks, Ramik Wilson has 60 tackles, and Leonard Floyd has five sacks. Georgia will need to put last week in the rearview mirror.

    Kentucky is 5-1 against the spread in their last six home games, 5-2 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 1-5 against the spread following a loss. Georgia is 2-7-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 3-9-1 against the spread in their last 13 SEC games, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five games on grass.

    #194965

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    Georgia -11; Total: 58.5

    The Kentucky Wildcats are 1-10 SU and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games as a home underdog. The Wildcats will try to turn things around as a home underdog this Saturday hosting the Georgia Bulldogs.

    Georgia is 16-2 SU in its last 18 games against Kentucky. The Bulldogs have struggled on the road recently with a 3-7 ATS record in their last 10 road games including a 1-4 ATS record in their last five road games in the SEC. The total has gone OVER in four of Kentucky’s last five games as a home underdog.

    This season the Kentucky Wildcats are 5-4 overall and 6-3 ATS against the spread, while the Bulldogs are 6-2 and 4-4 ATS. As for the totals, Kentucky is 5-4 on the OU, and Georgia is 7-1.

    – How Georgia Bulldogs vs Kentucky Wildcats Stats Matchup

    Offensively, the game matches up the Kentucky Wildcats No. 70-ranked offense (29.22 PPG) against a Georgia Bulldogs defense that ranks No. 38 at 22.25 PPG. The Kentucky Wildcats passing attack has averaged 254.56 yards per game, more than the Georgia Bulldogs give up through the air (190.12 YPG on average).

    In comparing defenses, the Georgia Bulldogs own the league’s No. 17-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 117.33 yards per game when on the road. Kentucky, on the other hand, rates No. 60 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

    – Georgia Bulldogs vs Kentucky Wildcats Betting Odds Trends

    Georgia is 6-11-2 ATS in its last 19 games
    Georgia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Georgia’s last 8 games
    Georgia is 3-5-1 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
    Kentucky is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
    Kentucky is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games
    Kentucky is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
    Kentucky is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

    #194966

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    Their national championship hopes largely dashed, the Georgia Bulldogs insist they aren’t giving up on the season.

    And they’re ready to forget an embarrassing loss to Florida.

    ”That’s life,” quarterback Hutson Mason said Tuesday. ”Sometimes in life, you get beat. When you hit some adversity, what are you going to do? Lay down? Or get up like a man and keep chugging along? I promise you we’re not going to quit.”

    The No. 17 Bulldogs (6-2, 4-2 SEC) are still right in the thick of things in the SEC East, though now they need Missouri to lose one of its three remaining league games. Georgia holds a tiebreaker edge over the Tigers, who have one loss in conference play.

    Next up: the Bulldogs travel to Kentucky (5-4, 2-4) on Saturday.

    ”We got beat. We’re moving on,” Mason said. ”We’ve still got a lot to play for. We can still win the SEC championship if things go according to plan. That would still be considered a great season for us.”

    Georgia controlled its own fate in the SEC East race until last weekend, when struggling Florida romped to a 38-20 victory in the annual Cocktail Party game at Jacksonville.

    Still smarting from that defeat, the Bulldogs returned to practice eager to show that game was an aberration – especially on the defensive side. They surrendered a staggering 424 yards rushing to the Gators, who broke in a new starting quarterback by running largely the same four or five plays the entire game.

    Georgia, for some reason, could never slow them down.

    ”Yeah, we’re embarrassed,” defensive tackle Toby Johnson said. ”We have reason to be embarrassed. At the same time, I feel like we’re ready to get back out there and go to work. That wasn’t us, what we displayed last week.”

    After the performance against Florida, coach Mark Richt said he’s not spending too much time talking about season goals.

    He wants his players to be focused on Kentucky and nothing else.

    ”We know mathematically that it’s still a possibility,” Richt said. ”But if we don’t win, it doesn’t matter. I guess that’s the best way to say it. Let’s just try to win this week. We’ll worry about the rest later.”

    There weren’t many positives to rally around from the last game, though Georgia is hoping that Mason can build on a season-high 319 yards passing. Granted, much of that came after the game was out of reach, but it did provide a glimmer of hope that the Bulldogs won’t have to rely solely on their running game the rest of the way.

    ”He did a great job of stepping up and not being afraid to throw that ball knowing he might get hit,” offensive guard Greg Pyke said.

    Of course, the Bulldogs will continue to rely heavily on their running game, which ranks third in the SEC at more than 250 yards per game. Freshman Nick Chubb will get one more start in place of suspended star Todd Gurley after rushing for 501 yards the last three games.

    ”That’s kind of our identity right now,” Pyke said.

    Gurley is serving a four-game suspension after acknowledging he took more than $3,000 over a two-year period for autographs and memorabilia. He continues to practice with the Bulldogs and is eligible to return for the Nov. 15 game against No. 3 Auburn.

    ”He can’t wait to play,” Richt said.

    Gurley was part of a Georgia attack that rushed for 230 yards in a 59-17 victory over visiting Kentucky last season. The Bulldogs have won four straight in the series.

    Once on the cusp of becoming bowl eligible with a 5-1 start, the Wildcats have lost consecutive conference games to LSU, top-ranked Mississippi State and Missouri.

    Three opportunities remain for Kentucky to reach that six-win bowl eligibility plateau, and coach Mark Stoops believes his team can get there if players shed bad habits.

    Beating Georgia will be challenging for Kentucky no matter what given its recent history. But by doing the little things, the Wildcats can give themselves chances against the Bulldogs – and perhaps earn that all-important win.

    “I think we’re better,” Stoops said. “Are we there? (Have) we arrived? Absolutely not. The guys we compete against, you’ve got to do it right all the time or we’ve got no chance.”

    #194967

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    After a disappointing loss against rival Florida, Georgia is still holding out slim hope it can work its way back into the national title hunt.

    “We want to win the (SEC) East every year and play for the SEC Championship,” Georgia coach Mark Richt said. “I feel like if you win that (the SEC Championship) you’ve got a pretty good chance of being in the playoff.

    “That’s what I think, but who knows, we’ll have to see. But I don’t think that (our expectations) will change.”

    Georgia will continue that quest Saturday at Kentucky. The Bulldogs (6-2, 4-2 SEC) will need to play with more intensity after allowing a season-worst 418 yards in a 38-20 loss to the Gators. It was Georgia’s first loss to Florida since 2010, snapping a three-game winning streak in the series. Georgia linebacker Ramik Wilson admitted the Bulldogs may have underestimated a Gator team that came into the game on a two-game losing streak.

    “We have to forget about Florida,” Georgia sophomore running back Brendan Douglas said. “That game is over now and the coaches do a good job. We watch the film and that’s it. We don’t talk about it anymore. We don’t do anything with Florida anymore. It’s on to Kentucky now.”

    Georgia will play the last of its four games without star tailback Todd Gurley, who was suspended for four games by the NCAA for accepting money from a memorabilia dealer for signed merchandise. Kentucky (5-4, 2-4 SEC) is improving under second-year coach Mark Stoops and can wrap up a bowl bid with a win.

    The Bulldogs no longer control their own destiny for a trip to the SEC title game in Atlanta. Georgia is a half-game behind Missouri in the SEC East race and needs one more conference loss from Missouri to regain first place in the division.

    “It’s a little frustrating now that we lost that, but you never know what can happen,” Douglas said. “It’s the SEC. I think we definitely still have a chance of competing for the championship. Like I said, you never know who is going to win or lose in the SEC. We’ll see what happens.”

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