No. 11 Kentucky travels to No. 1 Georgia on Saturday in a huge SEC East showdown that could determine the division winner.
Kick-off is scheduled for 3:30 pm ET at Sanford Stadium, and the game will be televised on CBS.
Kentucky (6-0) is the SEC’s surprising undefeated team. The Wildcats are averaging 31 points per game with an offense led by Penn State transfer quarterback Will Levis, and the defense allows 17.5 points per game. Coach Mark Stoops continues to do wonders at Lexington, and this is his last chance to prove it.
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Georgia (6-0) rose to No. 1 in the polls, and the Bulldogs have the best defense in the nation. QB JT Daniels (oblique) remains questionable for the game, but Stetson Bennett has played the last two games well. Coach Kirby Smart has the national championship favorite now, and Georgia can take full control of the SEC East with a win.
With that in mind, here’s everything you need to know about betting on the Kentucky-Georgia showdown.
Kentucky vs. Georgia odds
- Spread: Georgia -21.5
- Below: 44.5
- Money line: Georgia -3000, Kentucky +1120
Three trends to know
—The Bulldogs are 5-1 ATS this season, and their last two games against SEC opponents were under. Georgia is 27-3 S / U as a home favorite since Smart took over in 2016.
—The Wildcats are also 5-1 ATS this season, and they covered like an underdog against Florida. Kentucky is 3-7 S / U in its last 10 games as an underdog on the road.
—Georgia has won 11 straight games in the series. Kentucky’s last win was a 34-27 upset in Athens, Georgia, on November 21, 2009.
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Three things to look at
–Kentucky’s running game. The Bulldogs allow just 2.2 yards per rushing attempt this season, which is No. 3 in the nation. The Wildcats must establish a running game with the tandem of Christopher Rodriguez Jr., who averages 6.4 yards per carry, and Smoke Kavosiey, who averages 5.8 yards per carry. Rodriguez had 20 carries for 108 yards in last year’s meeting, a 14-3 loss. Will Levis add balance to the air attack? That would give the Wildcats a chance.
–Stetson Bennett again? Bennett remains an efficient option for the Bulldogs over Daniels. Bennett has hit 21 of 32 passes for 303 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in wins against Arkansas and Auburn. He has handled the offense and will have the advantage of being at home. Bennett struggled in last year’s game against the Wildcats. He completed 9 of 13 passes for 131 yards and two interceptions. However, Zamir White led the offense with 136 yards and a TD.
–The best Will Levis game. Kentucky is going to need it. He has had success with Wan’Dale Robinson and Josh Ali in the passing game, but they face a talented Georgia secondary that has produced eight interceptions. Levis still has more than 200 yards to pass in an SEC game.
Statistics that matter
Georgia has not allowed an offensive TD in the first half of a game this season and only three in six games. It’s an absurd hit streak from the best defense in the nation, and that helped Georgia build big leads at halftime. The Bulldogs have led by 14 or more points at the half in every game except the first game of the season against Clemson. Kentucky cannot afford to lose double digits at halftime.
Kentucky vs. Georgia Prediction
The line has dropped nearly three points since it opened, which is a sign of respect for the Wildcats. Georgia, however, has been uninterrupted in its approach to both sides of the ball. Kentucky will have to go off script sooner than expected due to the Bulldogs’ running defense, and Bennett will continue to make good ball decisions. The local fans will also be excited. Georgia covers again.
Final score: Georgia 35, Kentucky 13