Coming into the 2021 season, most faculty soccer followers in all probability didn’t predict that the Kentucky vs. Georgia matchup could be for first place within the SEC East. However as Saturday approaches, all eyes are on Athens as these two groups put together to battle it out. As you may infer from the betting line, the specialists aren’t giving Kentucky a lot of an opportunity. FanDuel has them as a 23.5 point underdog. However, as we witnessed final Saturday in School Station, huge upsets can truly occur.
The one space of this sport through which Georgia holds a definite benefit is on protection, which implies Kentucky’s offensive line should discover methods to provide Will Levis sufficient time within the pocket. As Mark Stoops mentioned on Monday, the Dawgs’ protection is taking part in at a ridiculous degree this season.
“They put numerous stress on you as a result of they’re good. Lining up of their base protection and taking part in, they’re good. Then you definately begin mixing in any sort of pressures or totally different appears. The massive factor for Will shall be him having a while. The safety being good, guys getting open, it is going to be a problem for everyone. They offer up 200 yards a sport or one thing ridiculous. They’re No. 1 in our league by like 100-and-some yards, giving up 50-some a sport dashing. They’re taking part in at a ridiculous degree defensively.”
So, to ensure that Levis to manage the offense, he’ll should depend on the dashing assault, which mixed for 251 yards towards LSU. This was the kind of outing that the Wildcats wanted, particularly since they obtained one other working again, Kavosiey Smoke, within the movement. That may solely profit them in Athens. However Smoke earned this taking part in time by way of his apply habits and gaining the belief of his coaches, in line with Stoops.
“I felt like Kavosiey (Smoke) was beginning to take it to a different degree. Once more, it comes along with his strategy by way of the week. As coaches get increasingly assured in gamers when they’re constant and they’re constantly doing good issues. Generally younger gamers don’t perceive that, ‘What do I’ve to do?’ It’s a must to do issues proper, on a regular basis. It’s a fairly large deal for us after they don’t. It doesn’t imply anyone is ideal. Guys are going to make errors. However some guys have earned your belief by way of the course of hundreds of reps.”
On protection, Kentucky has already taken a success, as a result of an damage Octavious Oxendine sustained late within the sport towards LSU. He’s now out for the season. It is a huge blow to the line of defense, particularly given how a lot Georgia runs the soccer. There’s no approach of sugar coating it, particularly with Marquan McCall already coping with his personal damage. This Georgia working again group has already rushed for 1,183 yards by way of six video games, which doesn’t bode nicely for the Wildcats.
The one space that Kentucky may trigger issues for Georgia shall be Will Levis’ playmaking skill exterior the pocket. His skill to scramble when the pocket collapses has garnered success at occasions this season. So, because the Dawgs carry the home, Levis will depend on Wan’Dale Robinson to search out the open house deep, however it is going to be a problem within the play-action sport.
There’s no denying the Georgia offense will trigger the Wildcats bother, irrespective of who the beginning QB for the Dawgs is. We’ve seen Stetson Bennett trigger issues for a number of groups this season, and he has a dashing assault he can depend on.
That is the largest check Kentucky will face this season, so how they reply popping out of the gates will decide this sport. If the Wildcats are going to be on this one when the 4th quarter begins, they should hold Georgia from stomping them within the 1st quarter. When you bear in mind the final huge sport in Athens, Arkansas was carried out by the tip of the primary half as a result of Georgia had capitalized on all their errors.
If Kentucky needs a shot on Saturday, they’ll must punch the Dawgs within the mouth, straight out of the gate.