The Kentucky No.11 will travel to No.1 Georgia on Saturday in a huge SEC East showdown that could determine the division winner.
Kick-off is set for 3:30 p.m. ET at Sanford Stadium, and the game will be televised on CBS.
Kentucky (6-0) are the surprising undefeated SEC team. The Wildcats are averaging 31 points per game with an offense led by Penn State quarterback Will Levis, and the defense is allowing 17.5 points per game. Coach Mark Stoops continues to do wonders at Lexington, and this is his last chance to prove it.
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Georgia (6-0) rose to number one in the polls and the Bulldogs have the best defense in the country. Quarterback JT Daniels (oblique) remains questionable for the game, but Stetson Bennett has played well the last two games. Coach Kirby Smart now has the national championship favorite and Georgia can take full control of the SEC East with a win.
With that in mind, here’s everything you need to know about betting on the Kentucky-Georgia game.
Kentucky vs Georgia odds
- Disseminate: Georgia -21.5
- Above / Below: 44.5
- Moneyline: Georgia -3000, Kentucky +1120
Three trends to know
—The Bulldogs are 5-1 ATS this season, and their last two games against SEC opponents have touched less. Georgia are 27-3 S / U as a home favorite since Smart took over in 2016.
—The Wildcats are also 5-1 ATS this season, and they covered as an underdog against Florida. Kentucky are 3-7 S / U in their last 10 games as an underdog on the road.
– Georgia have won 11 straight games in the series. Kentucky’s last victory was a 34-27 loss in Athens, Georgia on November 21, 2009.
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Three things to watch out for
–The Kentucky racing game. The Bulldogs are allowing just 2.2 yards per rushing attempt this season, which is third in the country. The Wildcats must establish a running game with the tandem of Christopher Rodriguez Jr., who is averaging 6.4 yards per carry, and Smoke Kavosiey, who is averaging 5.8 yards per carry. Rodriguez had 20 carries for 108 yards in last year’s game, a 14-3 loss. Can Levis add balance to the passing attack? It would give the Wildcats a chance.
–Stetson Bennett again? Bennett continues to be an effective option for the Bulldogs in place of Daniels. Bennett had 21 of 32 passes for 303 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in wins over Arkansas and Auburn. He managed the attack and he will have the advantage of being at home. Bennett struggled in last year’s game against the Wildcats. He completed 9 of 13 passes for 131 yards and two interceptions. Zamir White, however, carried the offense with 136 yards and a touchdown.
–Levis’s best game. Kentucky is going to need it. He has enjoyed success with Wan’Dale Robinson and Josh Ali in the passing game, but they face a talented Georgian secondary who produced eight interceptions. Levis has yet to pass more than 200 yards in an SEC game.
Stat that matters
Georgia haven’t allowed an offensive touchdown in the first half of a game this season and only three in six games. It’s an absurd streak of the country’s best defense, and it helped Georgia forge some huge halftime leads. The Bulldogs have led by 14 points or more in the middle of every game, except for the season opener against Clemson. Kentucky can’t afford to be down in double digits at halftime.
Kentucky vs Georgia prediction
The line has lost nearly three points since opening, which is a sign of respect for the Wildcats. Georgia, however, were uninterrupted in their approach from both sides of the ball. Kentucky will have to get off the script sooner than expected due to the Bulldogs’ race defense, and Bennett will continue to make good decisions with football. The home crowd will also be on fire. Georgia covers again.
Final score: Georgia 35, Kentucky 13