CFB Week 7 Preview – Kentucky @ Georgia 21:00 UK Time (16:00 EST). Week 7 of College Football boasts some important SEC matchups. Florida @ LSU, Auburn @ Arkansas and an all important one in Kentucky Wildcats @ Georgia Bulldogs.
A matchup that is so close to being a Top-10 one, with Georgia being ranked as the best in the Nation while Kentucky is ranked 11th! All eyes will be on this one this week, with ESPN selecting it as their College Gameday venue. Both Kentucky and Georgia are the last 2 undefeated teams in the SEC, with Alabama losing in a shock result last week against Texas A&M. Whoever wins this one should, in theory, win out and secure the SEC East.
The Georgia Bulldogs have a standout defense. Statistically the best in the Nation. The defense has only allowed 26 points in their 6 games, with 2 of those games being shutout wins. 1 of those shutouts came against a strong Arkansas side. The Bulldogs defense is strong all-round, being graded 94.6 by PFF, with 22 sacks and 8 interceptions on the season. They’ve also only allowed a crazy 201 yards per game! One of the many Georgia players who could make a difference in this game is DI Jalen Carter. The Wildcats have a solid O-Line, only allowing 4 sacks in the season, so it’s vital that someone on the Bulldogs Defense steps up to put pressure on the Kentucky QB. With a PFF grade of 87.4 and 18 pressures with 2 sacks on the season forcing the opposition QB to make 14 hurried plays, Carter could be that man.
With it looking more than likely that starting QB, JT Daniels, will be sidelined against the Wildcats, its up to backup Stenson Bennet to lead the Georgia offense to victory over Kentucky in this vital game. In his start against Arkansas, the team decided to go run heavy, leaving Bennet with only 72 passing yards to his name. In last weeks game against Auburn, the coaching staff decided to display more faith in the QB, allowing him 23 attempts. With his 23 attempts he completed 14 passes for 231 yards and found the endzone twice.
Georgia is a double headed monster when it comes to their offensive. With their run game only 200 odd yards behind their passing game on the season. The Bulldogs ground game is heavily spread out amount RBs, but their main focal point is the talented Zamir White. White has 354 yards on the season, while punching the ball home 6 times! He does have backup trio of McIntosh, Cook and Milton behind him. This trio makes up 580 of the Bulldogs rushing yards, with 4 TDs between them
The Kentucky Wildcats are just off the back of 2 wins against deflated, yet still strong, sides in LSU and Florida. The Wildcats defence played a big part in those 2 SEC wins. Allowing only 34 points and 4 TD’s. If Kentucky has any hope of winning this game, then the defense needs to be able to go toe to toe with the Georgia defense. A stalwart of the Kentucky defense is DE Josh Paschal. Paschal has played 350 snaps of the football already this season. PFF has graded the Wildcats DE a 87.4 for his performances. On the season he’s pressured the opposition QB 24 times, sacking them twice and forcing them to make a hurried play 18 times!
A lot of emphasis will be on the Kentucky offense on Saturday. An offense that has got off the gates early since the start of the season, averaging 31 PPG. With 22 TD’s on the season and an average of 410 YPG. An interesting match-up in this game will be the Kentucky run game against Georgia’s run defense. As mentioned, Georgia has the 4th best run defense in the Nation. In this game they come up against their hardest rushing opponent yet. Kentucky has a strong 2 headed rushing attack, with the main focal points being Chris Rodriguez and Kavosiey Smoke. The 2 running-backs have combined for over 1000 rushing yards on the season with 6 TD’s!
Undrafted’s Georgia Talent Watch – Nakobe Dean LB
Its hard to stand out in a star-studded team like Georgia. But this is exactly what Dean does. The Linebacker is strong and versatile all round, but is more prominent in a rushing role. On the season, he has 10 pressures and has sacked the opposing QB 5 times! For this PFF has graded him a grade of 91.2 in a pressuring role. As mentioned Dean is a versatile player, he’s made 15 tackles in the season, 12 of which where for a loss. He also has an interception, which came last week against Auburn
Undrafted’s Kentucky Talent Watch – Will Levis QB
The correct answer of “Who’s Kentuckys best player” is Tackle Darian Kinnard. The man is a beast, allowing only 2 pressures with 1 sack with a PFF grade of 90.3. But nobody wants me to talk about at Tackle!
With Georgia having the 4th best run defense in the Nation, Kentucky could be forced to go pass heavy in this game. If that’s the case, it will be down to QB, Will Levis. The transfer from Penn State has been steadily improving his draft stock over recent weeks. Levis has 1134 passing yards on the season, while finding the endzone 11 times already. Furthermore the QB is also a bit of a dual threat, rushing for slightly over 200 yards and running it home 3 times. A slight concern that Wildcat fans mind have in Levis is that he’s turnover prone. With 6 interceptions and 2 fumbles on the season. If Kentucky wants to stand a chance against Georgia, they cannot afford to gift any turnovers!
CFB Week 7 Preview – Kentucky @ Georgia
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