No. 6 Georgia, No. 11 Kentucky meet to decide SEC East title
No. 6 Georgia (7-1, 5-1 SEC, No. 6 CFP) at No. 11 Kentucky (7-1, 5-1, No. 9 CFP), 3:30 p.m. EST (CBS).
Line: Georgia by 9½.
Series Record: Georgia leads, 57-12-2
WHAT’S AT STAKE
The winner claims the SEC East title. Georgia aims to go unbeaten in the division for the second year in a row and earn its ninth consecutive series win. Kentucky is off to its best start since finishing 10-1 in 1977 and will host arguably its biggest game in program history.
Georgia’s offense vs. Kentucky’s defense. The Bulldogs have the SEC’s No. 2 rushing game (221.6 yards per game) and the fifth-ranked offense (457.8). They face a stingy Wildcats defense, led by OLB Josh Allen, ranked second in the SEC yardage (295.3) and first nationally in scoring (13.0 points, 12.3 in league play). Kentucky is coming off a victory at Mizzou in which it held the Tigers without a first down after halftime.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Georgia: QB Jake Fromm. The sophomore is 19-3 as a starter, and his 67.4 completion percentage is threatening Hutson Mason’s 2014 school record of 67.9. He is fifth nationally in passing efficiency at 174.0 and is coming off a three-touchdown effort against Florida, all thrown on third down.
Kentucky: Allen. The senior leads the SEC with 10 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss, which respectively rank second and third nationally. He’s coming off an 11-tackle effort at Mizzou with two strip sacks, which earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
FACTS & FIGURES
The schools are meeting for just third time as ranked teams and first since Georgia won 24-13 in 2007. … Georgia rebounded from its first loss to beat then No. 9 Florida 36-17 last weekend in Jacksonville, Florida. … RBs Elijah Holyfield (559 yards) and D’Andre Swift (466) have combined for nine TDs and a 6.1 yard average per carry. … Kentucky RB Benny Snell Jr. continues to lead SEC rushers at 116.9 yards per game, though he gained just 67 on 19 attempts at Mizzou. … Kentucky WR/KR Lynn Bowden Jr. had career highs of 13 catches for 166 yards and returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown. … Kentucky’s five SEC wins are its most since going 6-0 in 1977.