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Georgia tailback James Cook has speed and versatility, but the Bulldogs have struggled to get the ball into his hands.

WATCH: Zeroing in on Georgia football offensive solutions, explosive players

ATHENS — Georgia football has some work to do if it’s to regain its luster. It starts with a game UGA is expected to win decidedly.

RELATED: Georgia a heavy home favorite over Big Blue Wildcats

The No. 10-ranked Bulldogs (5-1, 2-1 SEC) play host to Kentucky (3-3, 1-3) at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Sanford Stadium (TV: ESPN).

Skeptics have taken their shots at Kirby Smart and his program in the wake of a 20-17 overtime loss that won’t soon go away.

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Georgia is a program that has been viewed by many as the successor to Alabama, in terms of SEC dominance.

The Bulldogs haven’t been able to get over the hump head-to-head with the Tide. And now losing to an unranked Gamecocks team — at home, at that — was a big step back.

Smart and his coaching staff have some hard decisions to make moving forward, in terms of offensive philosophy and personnel. It was among many things discussed in the On The Beat show this week.

On The Beat

Georgia-Kentucky Game Week

Promising Nolan Smith grows, expands role

Receivers must step up, beat press coverage

Kirby Smart breaks down Georgia offense, keeps it simple

Closer look: How Georgia’s offense adds up

Cover 4: How do Bulldogs get back on track

D’Andre Swift says ‘We know how good we can be’

Big Ben Cleveland says challenge to ‘go out and prove something’