It was far from expected, but the SEC’s Eastern Division will be decided in Lexington. In what will their third consecutive game against a top-ten Georgia will be taking on Kentucky’s formidable defense and rushing attack in hopes to earn a spot in the SEC Championship for the second consecutive year.
Both teams are 7-1 and undefeated in games against SEC East teams. Defensive superstars DeAndre Baker for Georgia and Josh Allen for Kentucky have led their teams to this game with sheer dominance from their respective positions with dynamic running back duos.
Elijah Holyfield and DeAndre Swift have complimented each other with a power and finesse style while Kentucky has ridden Benny Snell’s superstardom knowing that backup AJ Rose can make a huge impact if they need him to.
Kentucky’s offensive line has been one of the best rated in the country while Georgia’s has unmatched size on their o-line. Both are protecting highly efficient quarterbacks. Kentucky’s Terry Wilson has been primarily a rushing quarterback, but has completed 65.4% of his passes this season. Georgia’s Jake Fromm has been acclaimed for his efficiency, to the tune of a 67.4% completion percentage with 16 touchdown passes to 4 interceptions.
Kentucky football fans have been waiting for this kind of moment for the entirety of their existence as a program; to many it will still be surreal up until kickoff. Kroger Field should be loud and electric as they’ve been for the Cats all season. Georgia’s big substantial weakness this season has been defending the run, and they’re facing the SEC’s leading rusher who harvests any moment to step on a defenses throat.
However, Georgia’s been in moments bigger than this and are prospecting towards moments bigger than this. This is arguably the most important game in the history of Kentucky football, facing off against a titan.
This Kentucky team is legitimate and there aren’t more than a handful of teams that are better than them. With all due respect to Big Blue Nation, Georgia knows how to win this type of game and it is difficult to say that Kentucky does.
The Bulldogs can validate their championship legitimacy depending on how they perform tomorrow; however considering that Kentucky is coming off a nearly-impossible win against Mizzou in which they did not give up a first down in the entire second half, this game should be a bloodbath.