Kentucky Wildcats vs. Georgia Bulldogs
Date and Time: Saturday, November 18, 2017, 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA
Opening College Football Odds: Georgia -22
Kentucky vs. Georgia TV Coverage: CBS
Let's not think that Georgia is finished at this point. The one loss to Auburn isn't even guaranteed to knock the Bulldogs out of the playoff immediately, let alone with the rest of the season left to play. The Bulldogs will surely be in the playoff if they win their last three games of the season, including perhaps a rematch against Auburn in the SEC Championship Game if all goes well for the Tigers the rest of the way in the regular season.
That said, this team was exposed on Saturday at Jordan-Hare. Nick Chubb and Sony Michel combined to run for just 48 yards against the Tigers, the second-fewest in a game which they've both played in their careers. That forced Jake Fromm to try to make some plays with his arm that he just flat out couldn't make.
Though Fromm's final numbers might not look all that bad at 13-for-28 for 184 yards and a touchdown, 144 yards of Georgia's 230 came on its first and last drives of the game.
Credit Kirby Smart for sticking to his guns and keeping Fromm in the game the whole way, though. He could have easily turned the ball back over to the man who led this team at the start of the season, Jacob Eason, but all that would have served to do was spark a potential quarterback controversy right at the end of the season that doesn't need to be had in Athens.
Mark Stoops could see his name dangled around a bit for some bigger jobs if he keeps this up at Kentucky. The Wildcats have seven wins this season and will be in a bowl game for sure. An upset over the Bulldogs or over Louisville in these last two games of the season will go a long way towards positioning this team on the bowl ladder.
Kentucky hasn't been great in SEC play this year, but outside of a 45-7 loss at Mississippi State, the Wildcats could have won every game they played this year. However, keep in mind that they don't really have any big-time blowout victories either. The 44-21 victory last week over Vanderbilt was easily the biggest of the season.
Georgia got smacked in the mouth by Auburn time and time again last Saturday, and this could be an opportunity for Benjamin Snell to do the same thing.
Kentucky's super sophomore has three straight games with at least 17 carries, at least 116 yards and exactly three rushing touchdowns. He's quietly been the most productive player in the SEC over the course of the last three weeks, and if he and the Wildcats can control the point of attack and at least think about pulling off this upset.
Kentucky vs. Georgia Free Picks
Georgia has to be really careful in this game. The pressure isn't going to be turned down now that the Dawgs are back at home. They still have a target on their back, and perhaps the size of said target grows even more for a team like Kentucky.
These Wildcats can play football. With a bounce or two against Ole Miss or Florida, we're talking about a team that could win the SEC East with this upset.
All of the top online sportsbooks really don't have a choice but to make UGA a huge favorite in this game, but just as we rode South Carolina and all those points "Between the Hedges," we're going to do the same with Kentucky.
College Football ATS Pick: Kentucky +22 at BookMaker.eu
College Football Score Prediction: Georgia 26, Kentucky 20