Every season Kentucky comes at a crucial turning point in Georgia’s season. This year, the Kentucky game is the roadblock on the way to the SEC championship. Now, after the upset from the Gators, the SEC Championship seems a little far fetched. You’d be wrong in thinking that though, it could happen. Georgia must capitalize on Kentucky. They have to keep going strong through Auburn, which will also be Todd Gurley return to the gridiron. Georgia will need assistance from a Mizzou mishap along the way, but the goal is still attainable. Georgia will just need to finish the drill.
Georgia will continue to run the ball hard. The Bulldogs have adopted a run first, pass second offensive pattern. The ability to run the ball and have protection from the front five will be crucial as Georgia battles the Wildcats for livelihood in the SEC East and the opportunity to meet in the Dome.
Quarterback Hutson Mason will have a slight edge over prior games this season. Mason has faced off against Kentucky already. Mason took over for former QB Aaron Murray when he sustained a college football ending injury. This will be Mason’s second go at the Wildcats and he will need to step-up and regain control after a tough loss last week. Mason said, “Florida’s over. We’re moving on from it. We’re worried about Kentucky.”
In positive UGA news, Sony Michel could be on the horizon to make a return appearance against Kentucky this upcoming Saturday. Michel has been out since Sept. 27 when he injured his shoulder against Tennessee. Michel has been at practice all this week, but he will have to wait to be fully cleared by trainers before he can play in Lexington. Unfortunately running back Keith Marshall remains sidelined. Marshall sustained injuries against Troy on September 20 and has yet to see much playing time since then. If Marshall refrains or is unable to return this season he will qualify to redshirt.
Georgia will have solid competition in Kentucky. The Wildcats will have the home field advantage, but the Wildcats are on a chilled three-game losing streak. If Georgia can capitalize on Kentucky’s current weak spell, the Dawgs will further their journey to Atlanta.