Kentucky-Georgia: Wildcats Look to Add to Six

Nathan TowlesCorrespondent INovember 5, 2008

The buzz around Lexington this week is all about basketball. At this time of year, most Kentucky fans quit following football and switch on the "hardcore" basketball fanatic button (which is on basically all 365 days a year).

For the Kentucky football team, it is another story. Their season is in full swing and ready for the end of the year—ready for anything.

This is the time of the year where the strong get stronger and the weak get weaker. Kentucky is hoping that they belong in the first category.

Last week's game against Mississippi State was a must win. The Wildcats left Starkville with the win, which put them into bowl eligibility.

For Georgia, they may belong in both categories. After a strong start to the season, the Bulldogs lost to Alabama 41-30. The game was not close, and the score didn't show it.

Georgia is also coming off last week's blowout loss to Florida in Jacksonville. They are looking to prove that they can win out the rest of the year.

The University of Georgia offense depth chart:

  • SE: Mohamed Massaquoi (6'2", 198, Sr.), Kenneth Harris (6'3", 215, Sr.)
  • LT: Clint Boling (6'5", 290, So.), Josh Davis (6'6", 293, So.)
  • LG: Cordy Glenn (6'5", 313, Fr.), Chris Davis (6'4", 292, So.)
  • C: Ben Jones (6'3", 300, Fr.), Chris Davis (6'4", 292, So.)
  • RG: Chris Davis (6'4", 292, So.), Cordy Glenn (6'5", 313, Fr.)
  • RT: Justin Anderson (6'5", 328, RFr.), Kiante Tripp (6'6", 270, So.)
  • TE: Bruce Figgins (6'4", 254, So.), Tripp Chandler (6'6", 263, Sr.)
  • QB: Matthew Stafford (6'3", 237, Jr.), Joe Cox (6'1", 208, Jr.)
  • FB: Shaun Chapas (6'2", 236, So.), Brannan Southerland (6'0", 240, Sr.)
  • TB: Knowshon Moreno (5'11", 207, So.), Caleb King (5'11", 212, RFr.)
  • FLK: A.J. Green (6'4", 190, Fr.), Michael Moore (6'2", 200, Jr.)

University of Georgia defense depth chart:

  • DE: Jarius Wynn (6'5", 273, Sr.), Demarcus Dobbs (6'2", 282, So.)
  • DT: Corvey Irvin (6'4", 286, Sr.), DeAngelo Tyson (6'2", 306, Fr.)
  • DT: Geno Atkins (6'1", 290, Jr.), Kade Weston (6'5", 325, Jr.)
  • DE: Roderick Battle (6'4", 261, Jr.), Jeremy Lomax (6'4", 247, Sr.)
  • SAM: Akeem Dent (6'2", 218, So.), Darius Dewberry (6'3", 230, Jr.)
  • MIKE: Darryl Gamble (6'2", 247, So.), Dannell Ellerbe (6'1", 232, Sr.)
  • WILL: Rennie Curran (5'11", 220, So.), Marcus Dowtin (6'2", 215, Fr.)
  • WCB: Prince Miller (5'8", 190, Jr.), Bryan Evans (5'11", 188, Jr.)
  • SS: C.J. Byrd (6'2", 193, Sr.), Andrew Williams (6'0", 197, Sr.)
  • FS: Reshad Jones (6'2", 203, So.), John Knox (6'2", 194, RFr.)
  • SCB: Asher Allen (5'10", 198, Jr.), Ramarcus Brown (5'11", 170, Sr.)

University of Georgia special teams:

  • P/HOL: Brian Mimbs (5'11", 205, Sr.), Drew Butler (6'2", 205, RFr.)
  • PK: Blair Walsh (5'10", 175, Fr.), Jamie Lindley (5'11", 166, Fr.)
  • SN: Bo Fowler (6'2", 215, Sr.)
  • KR: Ramarcus Brown (5'11", 170, Sr.), Richard Samuel (6'2", 215, Fr.)
  • PR: Prince Miller (5'8", 190, Jr.)

Bulldogs to watch:

  • Matthew Stafford is a NFL-ready quarterback now. He has a cannon arm and can burn a defense when he has time to throw. However, he has not shown enough poise when he gets pressured.
  • A.J. Green is a top wide receiver in the nation as a true freshman. He has already had good games this year. If he can break away from Kentucky defender Trevard Lindley, then he can have a good game.
  • Knowshon Moreno has come into form. He started out slow but has been a beast lately. He can come out of the backfield and catch the ball. Moreno can be slowed down with a lot of pressure.
  • Rennie Curran can cover the field unlike any other linebacker in the nation. He will cause trouble all day if an offense allows him. That shows because he is the leading tackler.
  • Asher Allen is looking more like a lockdown corner this year. He can be explosive in the return game as well.

Kentucky will start Randall Cobb at quarterback again this week. He was nervous in his first start last week but settled down as the game progressed. Look for Kentucky to bring in Mike Hartline sometime in the game for a change of pace.

The wide receivers and running backs must step up and have a near-perfect game for the upset. They have to find holes in the defense and exploit them, and hit the holes fast and hard.

For Kentucky to win this game, the defense has to step up and play like they did against Alabama. There are not 100 percent healthy but can be just as effective. Lindley is going to have to shut down A.J. Green. Lindley has done that almost every game that he has been in.

Upset was the theme back in 2006, the last time that Georgia rolled into Lexington, when Kentucky stunned Georgia 24-20. It could be the same, seeing what Georgia has and hasn't done this year.

In the end, Georgia has a bunch of talent and more experience on its side. Georgia wins 24-14. If the upset is in order, then it would be more like the same score as it was in 2006.