Across the (By)Line: Georgia Bulldogs


Kentucky Wildcats wide receiver Earnest Sanders IV (13) runs the ball up the field during the University of Kentucky vs. University of Georgia football game on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, at Kroger Field in Lexington, Kentucky. UK lost 14-3. Photo by Michael Clubb | Staff

Cole Parke, Sports Editor

The “Across the (By)Line” series will give Kentucky football fans an in-depth look at their opponent for this week — from the mind of the opposing school’s sports editor.

This week: The Red & Black, Stuart Steele, Georgia

Georgia has struggled a few times this season but ultimately come out on top every time. Do you think this team might win a second consecutive national championship?

I think Georgia has for the most part taken care of its business this season. The Missouri game was an outlier and seems to have served as the biggest “trap game” for the Bulldogs.

I feel that Georgia has as good a chance as any team to win this season’s national championship, with Ohio State, Michigan and Tennessee in the mix as well.


Brock Bowers has been incredible this season, what kind of problems is he going to pose for the UK defense?

Bowers is a unique talent at the tight end position who does his job in the running game but shines in the passing game. Defenses have to be aware of where he is at all times, or he will make an explosive play.

I think Kentucky will struggle to contain Bowers if they try to single cover him and should employ either double teams or bracket coverage to avoid him wrecking the game. The best path to making this a tight game for Kentucky is making Georgia’s wide receivers win consistently against the Wildcat secondary.


Georgia is also renowned for having a really sturdy defense that has amassed a good number of sacks. How do you think Kentucky’s offense is going to struggle?

I think Georgia’s defense is a bad matchup for Kentucky’s offense in general. Chris Rodriguez will likely struggle to produce consistently in this game. He may break off a few long runs, but I doubt he’ll be consistently picking up five yards per carry.

The Bulldogs actually haven’t been the best pass-rushing team overall this season. They have been consistently able to apply pressure on opposing quarterbacks which I think will continue against Levis. The Tennessee game was a big breakthrough for sacks, with Georgia posting six against Hendon Hooker. Jalen Carter’s return has been a major factor in recent weeks, he’s the game-wrecker on the Bulldog defensive line, so containing him will be key for Kentucky.


ESPN has Georgia as a 93% favorite and Vegas has the betting line around UGA -22.5. Do you think this is overkill? How do you see the game playing out?

I think the win probability there is probably fair, but I definitely think the game could easily be closer than that spread. I think the game could be close at halftime with a good performance from the Kentucky defense, but I see the Wildcat offense struggling to produce, and Georgia pulling away in the second half. My pick is 34-7 Georgia.