Georgia vs. Kentucky - 10/19/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Kentucky Wildcats (3-3) at Georgia Bulldogs (5-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm (Sanford Stadium)
The Line: Georgia Bulldogs -25 -- Over/Under: 48 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Kentucky Wildcats and the Georgia Bulldogs meet in a week 8 SEC conference college football matchup from Sanford Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Kentucky Wildcats will look for a big road win to get back above .500 after improving to 3-3 with a 24-20 win over Arkansas in their last outing. Sawyer Smith has thrown for 665 yards, 4 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on 46.2% passing while Asim Rose leads Kentucky in rushing with 420 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns. Kavosley Smoke has 328 rushing yards and a team-high 3 rushing TDs while Lynn Bowden Jr. has 295 rushing yards this season. Bowden Jr. leads Kentucky in receiving with 30 catches for 348 yards while Ahmad Wagner has 248 receiving yards. Defensively, Yusuf Corker and DeAndre Spears each have a team-high 40 total tackles while Jamar Watson leads the Wildcats with 3.5 sacks and Calvin Taylor Jr. has 3 sacks this season. As a team, Kentucky is averaging 384.8 yards of total offense and 23.5 points per game while allowing 380.7 yards of total defense and 23.7 points per game against this season.
The Georgia Bulldogs will look to rebound from a crippling loss to South Carolina, suffering their first defeat of the season following a 20-17 double OT defeat against the Gamecocks last time out. Jake Fromm has thrown for 1,371 yards, 9 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on 70.4% passing while D’Andre Swift leads the Bulldogs in rushing with 573 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns. Brian Herrien is 2nd in rushing with 251 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns while Zamir White has 242 rushing yards and James Cook and Kenny McIntosh each have 100+ rushing yards this season. George Pickens, Lawrence Cager, Dominick Blaylock and Demetris Robinson each have 200+ receiving yards for the Bulldogs this year. Defensively, Monty Rice leads Georgia with 38 total tackles while Azeez Ojulari has 3.5 sacks this season. As a team, Georgia is averaging 505.2 yards of total offense and 38.5 points per game while allowing 281.7 yards of total defense and 12.3 points per game against this season.
Kentucky is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games against a team with a winning home record while the under is 10-2 in their last 12 conference games. Georgia is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 conference games while the under is 24-9-2 in their last 35 home games. Kentucky is 0-6 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams and 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams at Georgia.
I don’t think Georgia struggles at home two weeks in a row, but I think this game can go one of two ways for Georgia. The Bulldogs either come out sluggish after such a disappointing performance that could eliminate them from playoff contention, or come out fired up and beat the heck out of Kentucky. I think we see the former, as Kentucky is still a gritty team that doesn’t really get blown out. I think Georgia takes out some frustration and wins this one comfortably, but Kentucky is more than talented enough to keep this one within the number.