Mark Stoops looks ahead to Georgia, expects Bulldogs to bounce back following tough home loss
Mark Stoops isn’t fooled by what he saw from Georgia on Saturday in the Bulldogs loss to South Carolina. The Kentucky coach still knows what Kirby Smart’s team is capable of.
“Georgia is just who they are: a top-five team,” Stoops said on Monday. “I know they took a tough loss last week but again, you hear me say it all the time, tell me one team that is going to play their best 12 weeks in a row. Doesn’t happen. Some of the elite teams overcome it, Georgia usually does. When they don’t play their best they can still win with the talent that they have and it didn’t happen for them last week. But there is no doubt in my mind that they will respond.”
The Bulldogs didn’t look elite on Saturday in the 20-17 double-overtime loss to the Gamecocks, but as Stoops said, the talent is still there. One of the talented players who had a bad game was quarterback Jake Fromm, who finished 28-of-51 for 295 yards and touchdown but was intercepted three times, including on a possible game-winning drive in regulation with the Bulldogs already in field goal range.
Yet Stoops has seen what Fromm and Georgia can do. Last year in Lexington, with the SEC East title on the line, the Bulldogs and running back D’Andre Swift punished the Wildcats in a 34-17 win that was never in doubt. Swift rushed for 156 yards and two touchdowns, yet it was Fromm that the Kentucky coach wanted to discuss ahead of this year’s matchup.
“Jake is a really great player,” Stoops said. “I was about to say one of a kind in college football because you don’t see that many, much of that style where he’s so accurate and such a good player and they have such a good pro-style attack.”
The Wildcats (3-3) visit Sanford Stadium this Saturday to take on No. 10 Georgia (5-1) with kickoff scheduled for 6:00 p.m. ET.