Mark Stoops previews tough matchup against No. 11 Georgia
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops previewed his team’s matchup Saturday against No. 11 Georgia during his weekly press conference Monday. Stoops called the Bulldogs defense “aggressive” and realizes that they will be a tough matchup for the Wildcats offense this weekend.
“Georgia is going to present a real problem to us because, first of all, they’re not going to give you anything,” Stoops said. “They’re not going to give you anything easy. So you’ve got to go earn your yards. You have to win your one on ones. You heard me talk about that last week. It was evident in watching the tape.
“It comes down to winning some matchups. If you just watch them, take a couple examples, they need a third and five or something, they’re going to create space, they’re going to catch it and get it. We get covered and there’s nowhere to throw the ball. It’s going to be the same way this week. They’re not going to give you anything. There’s no magical little scheme or anything like that. You got to win. You got to block some people, get open, throw good footballs.”
Stoops also praised Georgia’s stellar rushing attack. The Bulldogs rank No. 16 overall (No. 2 in the SEC) in rushing offense, averaging 250.3 yards per game.
“I think they bring a power running team that we know has hurt us in the past as well,” Stoops said. “They can run the heck out of the football. They’re very talented. They can throw it. They’re very balanced. They’re playing great defense. Going back to their offense, I think they’ve been held under 20 one time in past week. Florida played an inspired game.
“Give Florida credit. They played a great football game and held them to 20 points which is amazing because nobody all year has held them under 34, 35. I think they’re averaging 40 points a game. They’re extremely hard to defend. If you just look at those numbers, we’re going to need to score some points to have a chance to win this game.”
Kentucky will host Georgia at 12:00 p.m. on ESPN.