With the game being played so late in the season, there was always the chance that Georgia’s trip to Kentucky on Saturday would have SEC East title implications. And it does, just not for the team you might expect.
Georgia (4-4, 2-4 SEC) has struggled mightily this season, as it has lost four of its last five games and is well out of contention for the SEC East crown. Kentucky, however, is primed for its first winning season since 2009. The Wildcats are riding a three-game winning streak and sitting in second place in the division. The Wildcats will need to win out and get some help in the form of two SEC losses from Florida in its final four games to reach the SEC championship game, but a win over Georgia could be the next step on an unlikely journey to Atlanta.
Georgia at Kentucky game time, details
Date: Saturday, Nov. 4
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
Location: Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, Ky.
Weather: 58 and partly cloudy
The line: Georgia is a 2-point road favorite
What TV channel is Georgia at Kentucky on?
The game will be broadcast by the SEC Network.
How can I watch Georgia at Kentucky online?
You can stream the game online through WatchESPN.com and through the WatchESPN app.
Who is calling the game?
The one-and-only Brent Musburger will handle play-by-play duties, and Jesse Palmer will chime in on color commentary. Kaylee Hartung will report from the sidelines.
Georgia at Kentucky keys to the game
Nick Chubb: He was a Heisman hopeful when the season began, but things have not gone as expected this season for Chubb. He has just over 600 yards on the ground and ranks outside the top-10 SEC rushers in terms of total yardage. He had one of the worst games of his career last weekend against Florida, running the ball just 9 times for 20 yards. He’ll need a big day against Kentucky’s porous run defense if Georgia is going to break its two-game losing streak.
Stopping Kentucky’s run: It was Georgia that was supposed to have the elite tailback pairing in Chubb and Sony Michel this season, but neither of those guys have lived up to expectations. Instead, Kentucky’s Stanley “Boom” Williams and Benny Snell Jr. are in the running for being the best pair of backfield hosses in the SEC. Both rank in the top 10 in the conference in rushing, and Williams ranks fourth in the league in yards per carry at 7.5. Kentucky’s offense is most effective when the ground game is humming. Georgia’s ability — or inability — to stop these two could be the deciding factor in the contest.
Turnovers: The best attribute of Georgia’s defense is its ability to create turnovers. The Bulldogs have 16 this season to put them in a tie for 25th nationally. Nine of those turnovers have come via interception. Georgia only gained one turnover against Florida, an opening drive interception from Dominick Sanders. It yielded a field goal, and probably should have ended in a TD. With the way Georgia’s offense has stumbled this season, it will need as many opportunities as possible in order to win, and may need an even bigger contribution from the defense in the form of a pick-6 or fumble return touchdown.