Kentucky Week: Kendall's Three Keys

ATHENS - Josh Kendall's three keys for Georgia's game with Kentucky.

Don't get beat deep

Georgia has given up yards of late but mostly in small chunks. Kentucky has the ability to get big chunks at a time and nothing demoralizes a defense like giving up big plays. Cornerbacks Asher Allen, Prince Miller and Bryan Evans must respect the ability of Keenan Burton and Dicky Lyons to beat them deep.

Disrupt Woodson

Kentucky has given up 24 sacks, more than all but two teams in the SEC, so the offensive line is vulnerable. Georgia has registered seven sacks and multiple quarterback pressures in the last three guys. That needs to continue to keep the Wildcats' offense from finding its rhythm.

Run the ball

Kentucky averages 37.7 points per game, but the offense can't score if it's not on the field. The Wildcats rushing defense is ranked 97th in the country. They allow 197.3 yards per game on the ground. Georgia can get more than that if it puts its mind to it.

One to watch

Tailback Knowshon Moreno continues to impress. He will be starting his fifth game today and already has 1,104 yards, the eighth-best total in school history. Moreno has averaged 159.3 yards in the last four games. If he keeps that up the rest of the season, he'll finish with 1,582 yards, more than any Georgia player in history other than Herschel Walker. Bowl game stats count toward single-season records now, which they did not when Walker and Garrison Hearst, who is fourth on the all-time single season list, were playing.)


Kentucky would come full circle with a win over the Bulldogs today. The Wildcats got themselves going by upsetting Georgia last year and carried that momentum into the first half of this season. They were ranked as high as No. 8 in the country before their most recent stretch, in which they have lost four-of-five games. One of the wins in that stretch was a victory over No. 1 LSU, so Kentucky still is plenty dangerous. Georgia, though, has looked like it could play with any team in the country in the last three weeks. The Bulldogs' running game, powered by Moreno, will be able to control the ball and keep the Wildcats offense off the field. If the Georgia defense continues its recent trend, it will pitch in with a turnover or two.

Winner: Georgia

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