Georgia football: 5 things I want to see from the Bulldogs against Kentucky
Georgia looks to wrap up back-to-back SEC East titles with a win over Kentucky on Saturday, but it’s not going to be easy. The Wildcats are looking to make history, and Lexington is going to be rocking in what many are calling the biggest game ever there.
Here are five things I want to see from the Bulldogs in Saturday’s huge showdown:
1. Give me that ‘Good Jake,’ all day long
Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm was the first to admit that he didn’t play well in the Bulldogs’ loss to LSU on Oct. 13, and he vowed that it wouldn’t happen again. After the bye week, he played well against Florida in Jacksonville, completing 17 of 24 passes for 240 yards and 3 touchdowns in the big 36-17 win. The win basically eliminated Florida from the SEC East race and left us with two one-loss teams, Georgia and Kentucky. This one is for all the marbles, so we need to see “Good Jake” all 60 minutes.
2. Keep Benny Snell in check
Kentucky running back Benny Snell is legitimately good. He has rushed for 935 yards already this season, and that’s after back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2016 and 2017. Want to know what he’s like in a big game? Just take a look at Snell against Florida back in September. He had 175 yards on 27 carries when the Wildcats snapped a three-decade losing streak to the Gators. You saw how good the Gators were last week, so 175 yards was impressive. On Saturday, the goal for the Bulldogs should be keeping him under 100 yards.
3. Hang 2-hundy on Kentucky with the running game
Kentucky is allowing just 13 points per game, tied with Clemson for best in the land. They have a great pass rush and will get after Fromm, so the best way for the Bulldogs to control the game is to pound away on the ground. I can see one first down after another coming from the running game, and we saw D’Andre Swift get his first 100-yard game against Florida. We could a lot of big plays, and 200 yards rushing would be nice.
4. Take the crowd out of the game early
This is the biggest football game ever played in Lexington, which says a lot about how bad Kentucky football has been through the years. So this is that one season that matters, and the crowd will be totally into it. Getting off to a good start has a little more extra significance here, because the last thing you need is to let Kentucky feel like it can win this game.
5. Celebrate the first goal, with more to come
There’s a reason to celebrate after this one is over, because a Georgia win means the ticket is punched for the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 1 in Atlanta. That’s always the first big goal, and it will be nice to win the division in consecutive years. Kentucky has never won the SEC East since it was formed in 1992, so keeping that total at zero would be nice.