No. 3 Georgia (5-1, 2-1) is coming off a 20-17 home loss to South Carolina. It was Georgia’s first loss at home since 2016 and the Bulldogs’ first SEC East loss since Kirby Smart’s first season in Athens.
Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm turned the ball over four times in the loss and Rodrigo Blankenship missed two field goals in the game.
Kentucky (3-3, 1-3) meanwhile got back in the win column on Saturday as it picked up a 24-20 win over Arkansas. The Wildcats were led by Lynn Bowden, who finished with 196 rushing yards, 78 passing yards and all three of Kentucky’s touchdowns. He filled in at quarterback for the Wildcats in place of Sawyer Smith. Kentucky’s original starting quarterback — Terry Wilson — is out for the remainder of the season.
In 2018, both teams entered with a chance to win the SEC East and punch their respective ticket to Atlanta. However, Georgia put an end to any hope for Kentucky relatively quickly. Thanks to a number of big runs from D’Andre Swift, the Bulldogs were able to jump out to a 28-3 lead in the third quarter before Kentucky added a few scores to make it a more respectable 34-17 margin.
D’Andre Swift had a huge day against the Wildcats last year, as he rolled up 156 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on just 16 carries.
Since becoming the Georgia head coach, Kirby Smart is 3-0 against Kentucky. When the Wildcats last visited Athens back in 2017, Georgia came away with a resounding 42-13 victory.
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