Georgia Football: Dawgs Need Onside Kick to Beat Kentucky?, 5 Keys For A UGA Victory – Daily Dose of Dawg
UGA vs. UK 2012
Here are highlights from the last time the Bulldogs traveled to Lexington:
As Georgia fans know, and as this video shows, playing at Kentucky is always a tough task for the Dawgs. In 2012, the Bulldogs were a much better team (only had 1 loss until SEC Championship), Kentucky was a much worse team, and yet this game went down to the wire. What I’m getting at is that if Georgia isn’t ready for this game, they could easily be heading back to Athens Saturday night with their second straight loss. After last week’s beat down, I expect the Dawgs to come out hungry and play with a lot of passion, but who really knows. This is obviously an important game for the SEC East race, but I think this game will also tell us a lot about this team’s character.
5 Keys for Georgia to Beat Kentucky
Here are Gentry Estes’ five keys for Georgia to beat Kentucky.
Again, I really don’t think UGA needs 5 keys to win this game. Honestly, I only think there’s 1 big key, but I’ll go ahead and give you 3:
STOP THE RUN – This week is really the first week I’ve put this key in because up until last Saturday, I didn’t think this was much of a problem for the Dawgs. Kentucky has a great stable of running backs led by Jojo Kemp and Braylon Heard, and their quarterback, Patrick Towles, can also run the ball extremely well. Kentucky’s offense is very similar to Florida in that they’ll run the ball a ton out of the spread. The only difference is that the Wildcats can actually throw the ball too. If Georgia isn’t able to stop the run game early, a repeat of last week will likely take place.
Don’t Back Away From the Run – Although Kentucky’s rushing offense is pretty good, they’re rushing defense is quite terrible, ranking 97th in the country. Georgia needs to establish the run early and stick with it. Last week, Nick Chubb had over 100 yards in the first quarter! Yes, the first quarter. Once Georgia got down, though, they backed off the run almost completely. Unless this game turns into an absolute blowout for Kentucky, Georgia needs to stick with the run the entire game. The return of Sony Michel will certainly help in this department.
Convert the Easy 3rd Downs – Georgia wasn’t awful last week in their 3rd down offense (8 of 16), but what’s hidden in that stat is how they did on 3rd and short. There were probably four or five 3rd and 1’s and 3rd and 2’s that Georgia was not able to pick up. Whether it was calling a dumb pass play or just getting blown off the ball at the line of scrimmage, Georgia struggled all day in this area, and really all year. If they’re to beat Kentucky, they absolutely have to convert on the short ones. Hand it off to #27, and if you can’t pick it up on 3rd down, try the same thing again on 4th.
Although Georgia should win this game, Kentucky is still a scary team to watch out for. They beat South Carolina, something Georgia couldn’t do, and they gave the #1 team in the country a heck of a game until the last few minutes. I expect to turn off the t.v. (really just change the channel) around 3:30 tomorrow and be in a good mood, but if the Georgia players take Kentucky as lightly as they took Florida, I might have to eat my sorrows away once again with some cookie cake.
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