Stetson Bennett will complete at least 60% of his passes
Stetson Bennett is having a fantastic season and proving to the doubters why he is the Dawgs chosen one right now. With JT Daniels still working through an injury, the Mailman has settled into the starting role, and the Dawgs haven’t skipped a beat.
Kentucky has a solid rush defense, averaging 3.43 yards a run play and 111.33 a game. So if the Wildcats stop the run at first, the Dawgs will need Bennett to make plays through the air.
Bennett will complete at least 60% of his passes on Saturday and show out again in front of the home crowd. He isn’t just the game manager people think he is, Bennett can make plays, and he will finally do it against an SEC secondary in style.
The Wildcats give up 193.7 yards through the air a game, which is where teams have hurt them. However, it won’t be an easy task. Even though they give up that many yards a game, Kentucky has 24 pass breakups on the year — the second-best in the SEC.
Last year, Bennett went 9-of-13 for 131 yards and two interceptions, so he will have this game circled because it’s a chance for him to get redemption. Not that he needs to, but it’s another test he can ace being the leader on offense.
In the five games, he has seen action in this year, Bennett has completed 43-of-62 passes for 746 yards, eight touchdowns and just two interceptions. He completes 69% of his passes and averages around 12 passes a game. However, that’ll be different in my opinion against Kentucky.
Bennett will throw closer to 20-plus times, and he will stay on-trend with his completion percentage. He just needs to let the line block for him and make intelligent decisions. Kentucky only has 23 quarterback hurries and 13 sacks on the season, so Bennett just needs to do his thing and find his guys — the rest will take care of itself.