Georgia Bulldogs Injury Report vs. Kentucky Wildcats for Week 7:
The big news on the injury front this week involves defensive back Tykee Smith. His climb back from the foot injury that kept him out of action most of the season is through, as he suffered a torn ACL in practice this week.
It’s another tough break for Smith, who transferred to Georgia from West Virginia this summer and was expected to make an immediate impact in the Dawgs secondary.
Christopher Smith and Jamaree Salyer, both of whom suffered injuries in the Auburn game, are questionable this week. Smith is still nursing the separate shoulder he suffered in the first quarter against the Tigers, and Salyer’s injured ankle is not fully healed.
At the receiver position, Jermaine Burton and Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint should both be full go, but Arian Smith’s playing status is still uncertain. In the backfield, Kenny McIntosh will probably be a game-time decision, as Georgia’s staff monitors the hamstring that kept him out of the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry last week.
Stetson Bennett should receive his third consecutive start as JT Daniels continues to work his way back from the lat injury that’s sidelined him since the Vanderbilt game.
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Georgia Bulldogs odds and betting pick for Week 7:
It’s Homecoming weekend in Athens. Georgia and Kentucky are both coming off of back-to-back conference games against tough opponents, so there’s no rest for the weary this week.
Georgia bested No. 8 Arkansas and hated rival Auburn to push their record to 6-0, while Kentucky exorcised some demons in a defeat of Florida before dominating LSU on Saturday night.
In this CBS Game of the Week matchup with the Wildcats, Georgia is a 21.0 point favorite according to the latest odds from WynnBET. WynnBET currently lists even odds for both Georgia and Kentucky at -110 (bet $110 to win $100).
If you like betting totals, WynnBET currently has the over/under for Dawgs-Cats at 44.5 points. There are also currently even odds on the total, with both the over and the under sitting at -110 (bet $110 to win $100).
This game comes down to strength on strength. Kentucky wants to line up, lean on their hog mollies on the offensive line, run the football, control the time of possession, and have their stout defense rested when the opposing teams offense is on the field.
Georgia has the best front seven in the nation, and through their first six games, the Bulldogs are allowing a paltry 64.2 yards per game on the ground.
Kentucky quarterback Will Levis played his best game of the season against LSU, a game in which he only had to throw the football 17 times. The success of Kentucky’s rushing attack meant Levis could operate in the short and intermediate passing game with lower risk throws.
He also ran the ball 11 times for 75 yards, while Kentucky rushed the ball 45 times for 330 yards as a team. They will not be able to do that against Georgia’s defense, so Levis will be forced to stretch the field and make some plays through the air.
When he’s been forced to do that in the past, Levis has been prone to turn the ball over, something Kentucky cannot do if it hopes to stay in the ballgame against the Bulldogs.
Kentucky is a very good football team, and Mark Stoops will be one of the hottest commodities on the market for a high profile head coaching job at season’s end, but Kentucky is not balanced enough to beat Georgia.
The Junkyard Dawgs defense will shut down Kentucky’s rushing attack and force multiple turnovers when Levis is forced to beat them with his arm. Given that this is essentially a matchup between two Top 10 teams, the 21.5 point spread seems huge, but much like the Arkansas game, this is a favorable matchup for the Dawgs, and they should be able to dictate the style of play and the tempo to their liking. The Wildcats trip home will be similar to the Razorbacks after the home team pummels them. Lay the points with Georgia and take the over this week as well.
What channel is the Georgia Bulldogs game on Week 7:
The battle of the undefeateds featuring the Georgia Bulldogs and the Kentucky Wildcats will be broadcast live nationally at 3:30 pm EST on CBS with Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson in the booth with Jamie Erdahl reporting from the sidelines.
Kentucky Wildcats vs. Georgia Bulldogs live stream:
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Georgia Bulldogs next game and schedule:
Following Saturday’s Homecoming showdown with the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats Between the Hedges, Georgia has an off week before their annual slobberknocker with Florida in the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party, kicking off on Saturday, October 30th at 3:30 EST on CBS.
Here’s a look at Georgia’s schedule for the next 4 weeks:
Week 8 – October 23: OFF
Week 9 – October 30: vs. Florida; 3:30 EST on CBS
Week 10 – November 6: vs. Missouri; time TBA
Week 11 – November 13: at Tennessee; time TBA