Georgia Better Not Look Past Kentucky

NC NighthawkAnalyst INovember 8, 2008

Do you realize that the Kentucky Wildcats are bowl eligible for the third straight year under Rich Brooks?They haven’t been to bowls in three consecutive seasons since 1949-51 when Paul "Bear" Bryant was the coach. Kentucky is a dangerous team. It lost 17-14 on the road at No. 2 Alabama and 24-17 to South Carolina. So this is not a game to be taken lightly.

The big story with Kentucky this season is the play of versatile true freshman Randall Cobb. Cobb will start at quarterback (he alternates with sophomore Mike Hartline) against the Bulldogs on Saturday but he also plays wide receiver.

He is second among Wildcats in receiving yards with 197 and is fifth in rushing with 140. He also returns punts (seven for 60 yards). He started the first four games as a receiver and earned his first start at QB last week against Mississippi State. UK won 14-13.

Kentucky is fifth in the SEC in total offense (312.0 ypg) and seventh in scoring (21.9 ppg). But what production it has had is notable when we consider that because of graduations and injuries, the Wildcats return only one percent of its passing yardage, six percent of its receiving and 33 percent of rushing from last year. They have lost WR Dicky Lyons and TB Derrick Locke to season-ending injuries.

Kentucky’s defense is what keeps the team competitive. The Wildcats have a national rank of 25 or better in six different defensive categories, including red zone defense (14th), scoring defense (18th), pass efficiency defense (19th), pass defense (23), sacks (21) and tackles for loss (23).

Kentucky is also second in the SEC and 29th nationally in turnover margin at plus six. They have several All-SEC caliber players on defense, including two from Georgia, LB Braxton Kelly (LaGrange) and CB Trevard Lindley (Hiram). Senior DE Ventrell Jenkins was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week this past week.

The Bulldogs better be over the Florida debacle and not look past the Kentucky Wildcats.

The Silver Fox Forecast:  Georgia 27, Kentucky 20 




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