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Why Kentucky may come to regret giving Georgia some billboard material

Connor Riley

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Kentucky football gives Georgia billboard material

A number of Georgia opponents this year have given the Bulldogs some bulletin board material. South Carolina wide receiver Deebo Samuel didn’t take Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker all that seriously. Baker and Georgia got the last laugh, as Samuel finished with 33 receiving yards and the Bulldogs won 41-17.

Florida defensive end CeCe Jefferson and Florida coach Dan Mullen both gave Georgia some material to work with in the offseason, as Mullen compared Georgia winning the SEC East to a “blind squirrel finding a nut,” while Jefferson said that Florida was going to beat Georgia. Well on Saturday, Georgia came away with a 36-17 victory.

Which brings us to Kentucky, Georgia’s opponent this week. The Wildcats are 7-1 this season and have a chance to win the SEC East on Saturday, provided they beat Georgia. So what did they do on Monday? Well they put up a billboard in Times Square of their two best players, linebacker Josh Allen and running back Benny Snell. The school’s football account also tweeted out links to websites dedicated to giving Snell and Allen extra attention.

Admittedly, this isn’t as direct as what Samuel, Mullen or Jefferson said. But should you really be doing something like this the week before playing your biggest game of the season? Imagine Georgia doing something like this. You can’t!

I’m all for taking time to praise players. And Snell and Allen have had great seasons. They’re two of the best players in both the SEC and the country. Snell leads the conference in rushing, while Allen is second in the country in sacks. But again, is this really the time to do this — before you play in the SEC East Championship game against the best team on your schedule?

Related: Georgia football coach Kirby Smart expects ‘four quarter game’ from Kentucky

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops signed off on the billboards and promised that more are coming.

“I thought those were pretty cool,” Stoops said. “A couple people ran that by me, and I was all for it. We have some more coming. They deserve it.”

On Monday night, Kentucky linebacker Kash Daniel tweeted a picture of his face in Times Square.

Don’t think that Georgia isn’t aware of these billboard ads, along with Snell and Allen. The Bulldogs aren’t going to doubt how good Allen or Snell are prior to Saturday’s game. The team won’t say anything about these billboards publicly either. But should Georgia come away with a win on Saturday, you can bet there might a joke or two made about these billboards in the college football “hotbed” that is New York City.

Kentucky isn’t Georgia, and they do have to get creative to draw some national attention. Beating Georgia would do that. Some billboards in New York City aren’t really going to do that, and they aren’t going to help you beat the Bulldogs.

Kentucky and Georgia play on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET. The game can be seen on CBS and heard on WSB Radio 95.5 FM/750 AM.

Todd Gurley Tuesday

So on Tuesday’s we give out the Top Dawg award, which goes to the former Bulldog in the NFL that had the best week. The first four weeks, we gave the award to four different Bulldogs. The last four weeks it’s been the Todd Gurley show. We’ll get to Gurley in a minute, but first let’s give some love to some of the other Bulldogs in the NFL.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green finished with 76 yards receiving and caught a touchdown in the Bengals win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Green had two huge catches on the Bengals’ final drive to set them up in field-goal position. Former Bulldogs and current Bengals defensive back Shawn Williams also added an interception in the 37-34 win. Thanks to Green, Williams and three other former Bulldogs, Cincinnati is 5-3 headed into its bye week.

And before we get to Gurley, let’s not forget about another Bulldog on the Rams, as Ramik Wilson forced a fumble on the game’s final kickoff. This robbed many fans from seeing Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers run a two-minute drill, but it was still a great play that helped keep the Rams unbeaten.

Gurley, who is an MVP frontrunner, was the Rams’ leading rusher and receiver on Saturday. He ran for 114 yards on the day, while also catching six passes for 81 receiving yards. One of those receptions was a 30-yard touchdown.

In the final minutes of the game, Gurley could’ve added to his touchdown total. The former Georgia running back picked up a key third down and had a path to the end zone. The Rams held a 29-27 lead and the Green Bay Packers were out of timeouts. So instead of scoring, and giving the ball back to Rodgers, Gurley pulled up and went down in bounds. It may not have been the play you needed to help your fantasy team or hit the over, but it was the right football play.

“Man, forget fantasy and forget Vegas,” Gurley told reporters after the game. “We got the win, so that’s all that matters.”

As for the fantasy football element, Gurley has still given more than enough this year, as he still leads the NFL in touchdowns with 15. But his decision to not pad his own stats is why he’s this week’s Top Dawg.

Past Top Dawg winners:
Week 1: ReShad Jones DB, Miami Dolphins
Week 2: Shawn Williams DB, Cincinnati Bengals
Week 3: Matthew Stafford QB, Detroit Lions
Week 4: A.J. Green WR, Cincinnati Bengals
Week 5: Todd Gurley RB, Los Angeles Rams
Week 6: Todd Gurley RB, Los Angeles Rams
Week 7: Todd Gurley RB, Los Angeles Rams

Join DawgNation on Tuesday night at the Marlow’s Tavern in Brookhaven

Hey DawgNation, looking to discuss Georgia’s playoff ranking? Well, we have you covered.
On Tuesday night, join DawgNation host Brandon Adams, and special guest Jon Stinchcomb, the former Georgia star offensive lineman, for the DawgNation Big Game Preview at Marlow’s Tavern in Brookhaven, GA (3575 Durden Dr. NE No. 301, Atlanta, GA 30319).
This will be our last scheduled Marlow’s broadcast for the year, so make sure you are there. We’ll also be reacting live to the first College Football Playoff rankings, so make sure you’re there to react to what Adams and Stinchcomb have to say about where Georgia lands.
The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. with a live broadcast starting at 7 p.m. But you’ll want to make sure you get there at 6 p.m. for our live Q&A. These always produce some interesting answers along with some things that won’t make it on the air.
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