Mark Story: How No. 11 Kentucky And No. 1 Georgia Match Up With A Game Prediction

Oct. 14—How the No. 11 Kentucky Wildcats (6-0, 4-0 SEC) and the No. 1 Georgia Bulldogs ( 6-0, 4-0 SEC) match up at each position — with a game prediction:

Quarterbacks

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— Kentucky's Will Levis (64.4% completions, 1,134 passing yards, 11 TDs, six interceptions) played his best game at UK in last week's 42-21 decimation of LSU. Hitting on the shorter routes that had previously vexed him, the Penn State transfer completed 14 of 17 passes for 145 yards and three touchdowns. Levis also ran 11 times for 75 yards and two TDs. It will take a similar performance from the 6-foot-3, 232-pound product of Madison, Conn., for the Cats to have a shot in Athens.

— A rare commodity in 2021 college football — the capable, experienced backup QB — Georgia's Stetson Bennett (69.4% completions, 746 yards, eight TDs, two interceptions) turned in a gem in the Bulldogs' 34-10 win at Auburn last week. The 5-11, 190-pound senior completed 14 of 21 passes for 231 yards and two TDs and ran for 41 yards on six carries. Bennett got the start for Georgia in the Bulldogs' 14-3 win over Kentucky in Lexington last season. He completed nine of 13 throws for 131 yards but was intercepted twice. JT Daniels, the USC transfer and Georgia starting QB, has missed three games due to lat and oblique injuries but reportedly started throwing in practice this week.

Advantage: Even.

Running backs

— UK's Christopher Rodriguez (768 rushing yards, five TDs, 6.4 yards per carry) continues to lead the SEC in rushing. The 5-foot-11, 224-pound product of McDonough, Ga., had a strong game against his home-state school last season, rushing for 108 yards on 20 carries in Kentucky's loss to the Bulldogs. Kavosiey Smoke is also coming off the best game of his UK career, having run for 104 yards on 12 carries in the win over LSU. JuTahn McClain scored his first college TD vs. LSU on a 25-yard pass off a wheel route.

— Georgia's Zamir White (354 rushing yards, six TDs, 5.0 ypc) leads a deep stable of backs for Kirby Smart's Bulldogs. The 6-foot, 215-pound junior ran strong against UK last season, going for 136 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries. Senior James Cook (250 yards, two TDs, 6.0 ypc) and sophomore Kendall Milton (216, one, 4.7) are also capable. Junior Kenny McIntosh is a threat running (141 yards, one TD, 4.4 ypc) or receiving (six catches, 83 yards, one TD).

Advantage: Kentucky.

Wide receivers

— Since transferring from Nebraska, Kentucky junior slot receiver Wan'Dale Robinson (37 catches, 527 yards, four TDs) has been the dynamic playmaker the Wildcats had lacked once Lynn Bowden departed. Mark Stoops indicated that UK is again likely to be without senior Josh Ali (17 catches, 248 yards, one TD), who was injured in the Cats' 20-13 win over then-No. 10 Florida and sat out vs. LSU. That's a significant absence for Kentucky against the nation's top-ranked defense.

— Georgia's Ladd McConkey (16 catches, 280 yards, two TDs) was named SEC Freshman of the Week after he caught five passes for 135 yards and a touchdown in the win at Auburn. George Pickens, expected to be Georgia's No. 1 wideout, was lost to a torn ACL in spring practice. Sophomore Jermaine Burton (13, 224, two) is expected back this week after missing the Auburn game with injury. Junior Kearis Jackson (seven catches, 67 yards) caught three passes for 25 yards vs. UK in 2020.

Advantage: Georgia.

Tight ends

— Kentucky super senior Justin Rigg (six catches, 85 receiving yards) had a 34-yard reception in the win over LSU. Sophomore Izayah Cummings (three catches, 51 yards, one TD) had what appeared to be a TD reception last week only to see it overturned by the officials.

— Georgia freshman Brock Bowers (20 catches, 315 yards, four TDs) has been the Bulldogs' breakout offensive star in 2021. The 6-4, 230-pound product of Napa, Calif., had three receptions for 43 yards last week at Auburn. Sophomore Darnell Washington caught a 33-yard pass vs. UK in 2020.


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