Kentucky is taking aim at Georgia football this season with hopes of ending a streak of futility, according to a recent Lexington Herald Leader story.
The Bulldogs have dominated the SEC East Division the past two seasons. None of the East teams have managed to stay within single digits on the scoreboard by the conclusion of games against UGA in 2017 or 2018.
The Wildcats, as noted by Lexington Herald Leader reporter Mark Story, have a nine-game losing streak to Georgia, which he refers to as UK’s ‘bogeyman’
Kentucky has recently broken notable losing streaks to Steve Spurrier-coached teams (17 games, 2010), Tennessee (26 games, 2011) and last season in Dan Mullen’s first season coaching Florida, the Gators (31 games).
Last year’s Kentucky team was confident it would end the streak against Georgia. UK was practically celebrating before playing UGA, taking out an ad in Times Square while rejecting the underdog role.
“The days of us being an underdog team are over,” UK tailback Benny Snell had said in the days leading up to the game.
Georgia, of course, won the game and the Wildcats’ reality has set in this offseason.
“Of all the good works Stoops has done at UK, the Kentucky head man is 0-6 against the Bulldogs. Other than a 27-24 loss to Georgia in Lexington in 2016 during Kirby Smart’s first season after replacing Mark Richt as Bulldogs coach, none of the games have been close.
Under Stoops, UK’s other five losing margins against Georgia have been 42, 32, 24, 29 and 17 points.”
Of course, this is why reports that Smart had offered Eddie Gran the offensive coordinator position once Jim Chaney left for Tennessee this offseason were suspect.
After all, Kentucky’s offense ranked 103rd in the nation in total offense — well behind Georgia (18th).
DawgNation learned that while a position on the staff was discussed, it was not to become the offensive coordinator, and no job was offered.
Meanwhile, it only made sense Gran would leverage his interview with Smart for a pay raise at Kentucky. If his athletic director and fan base believed Smart would hire him to be Georgia’s OC, all the better for him.
But Smart had worked hard to keep James Coley in the fold as assistant offensive coordinator the season before, paying him $850,000.
Coley was quickly elevated to offensive coordinator the same week Chaney left for the Vols, getting a $100,000 salary bump to $950,000.
Georgia plays host to Kentucky in Sanford Stadium on Oct. 19 this season.
The Bulldogs bring a five-game win streak against Missouri and a four-game win streak against South Carolina into this season.
UGA has played 720 minutes of football against SEC East teams the last two seasons. The Bulldogs have trailed for a TOTAL of 9 mins and 38 seconds. And have won every game by double-digits. https://t.co/XGnWJqLWpY
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