Wed. Nov 30th, 2022

Seeking to hold its undefeated file and No.1 rating intact, Georgia hits the highway when it faces SEC East foe Kentucky within the SEC on CBS Sport of the Week on Saturday. The Bulldogs are coming off of a 45-19 win over Mississippi State through which is pulled away within the second half, whereas Kentucky suffered a defeat by the hands of Vanderbilt final week — a loss which broke the Commodores’ 26-game SEC dropping streak. 

The large storyline is how Georgia will react to its second straight highway recreation in opposition to a division opponent that’s determined for a win. The Wildcats have been ranked as excessive as No. 7 within the nation however have misplaced 4 of their final six video games and struggled on either side of the ball. A win over Georgia would give the fan base and administration some excellent news to fall again on after flirting with the final word success through the first month of the season.

What do you have to anticipate Saturday afternoon? Let’s break down the sport and make picks straight up and in opposition to the unfold.

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Date: Saturday, Nov. 19 | Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Kroger Area — Lexington, Kentucky
TV: CBS | Stay stream: CBSSports.com, CBS Sports activities App (Free)

Georgia vs. Kentucky: Must know

Eyes on Rodriguez: Kentucky star working again Chris Rodriguez Jr. has topped the 100-yard mark on the bottom in 4 of his final 5 video games whereas offering a bit of little bit of stability to a Kentucky offense that severely lacked that stability early within the season. He’ll take a look at the power and depth of a Georgia protection that has established itself as among the finest within the nation.

“He seeks and cherishes contact,” Georgia coach Kirby Good mentioned. “And it is that point of yr the place you watch defenses throughout the nation and other people flip down contact. They flip down hits. We make a degree to attempt to present it to our guys that because the yr goes, tackling will get worse and worse and worse. Are we going to be bit by that contagious bug of lack of a willingness to thud and sort out individuals, particularly a man that loves it. I imply, he seeks it. He desires to hit you. One of the vital bodily runners I’ve seen, and it simply looks like Kentucky all the time has ‘that’ man.”

It may be a tall order for Kentucky to upset Georgia. If Rodriguez can discover success in opposition to the group, the Wildcats at the least have an opportunity. 

The place is AD Mitchell?: The Georgia extensive receiver who had the game-tying landing catch within the nationwide title recreation win over Alabama has largely been lacking in motion this yr. He had 5 catches for 69 yards and one landing over the primary two video games of the season however has been out with an ankle damage since. It does not sound like Mitchell can be obtainable in opposition to the Wildcats. 

“He desires to get again. He works actually laborious at it,” Good mentioned on Monday. “He was higher final week than he is been each week earlier. He really obtained to do particular person drills final week and did some issues. However he is nonetheless not, or at the least final week, I do not know the place he’s this week as a result of I have never seen him but, however he was not the place he might come out of breaks and do the issues required to play receiver, and that is robust. So he stayed right here. He obtained additional rehab right here, felt like he obtained a bit of higher rehab right here not having to be on all of it weekend and through the recreation. So we’re, once more, hopeful to get him again this week, however it will likely be daily.”

Georgia’s prime extensive receiver is Ladd McConkey, who has 578 receiving yards on the season. Kearis Jackson has 246 yards — second-most amongst true extensive receivers. That appears loopy at the moment. Good and offensive coordinator Todd Monken want to seek out any individual exterior to assist all the offense out, and Mitchell was presupposed to do exactly that. We’ll see if he goes this weekend. Both method, he must get again for the SEC Championship Sport and potential return to the School Soccer Playoff.

Stetson for Heisman?: Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett IV has had an amazing season that ought to garner at the least some buzz for the Heisman Trophy. He’s second within the SEC in passing yards per recreation (289.5) even if a number of Georgia video games have been blowouts with Bennett not even on the sphere. He has 144 dashing yards (together with adverse yards from sacks) and 7 dashing touchdowns on the highway. Extra importantly, he is been a rock for the reigning nationwide champions of their quest to maintain success within the trendy period.

Will Good hold Bennett within the recreation longer than anticipated and pad his stats? A Heisman Trophy is a good recruiting instrument, and Good is aware of simply how a lot it might imply to this system if he can develop a former walk-on into the winner of school soccer’s greatest particular person prize.

Georgia vs. Kentucky prediction, picks

Featured Sport | Kentucky Wildcats vs. Georgia Bulldogs

I will take the Bulldogs to not solely win however cowl the huge unfold. The Wildcats have fallen off a cliff, quarterback Will Levis has thrown extra interceptions (5) than touchdowns (4) over the past 4 video games and the loss to Vanderbilt final week must be deflating for a group that after had excessive hopes. The Bulldogs will hold their foot on the gasoline greater than they usually do to be able to hold their first-teamers contemporary for the stretch run. Prediction: Georgia (-22.5)

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