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Can Georgia’s offense find success against Kentucky’s defense?

Kentucky’s defense has struggled for the most part all season. Can the Bulldogs finally jumpstart their struggling offense?

NCAA Football: Vanderbilt at Georgia Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia’s offensive struggles of late have been well documented but there is reason for optimism against a Kentucky defensive unit that ranks 80th nationally allowing more than 420 yards per game. The Wildcats rank 89th against the run allowing just under 200 rushing yards per game and are 63rd against the pass. On paper, this looks like a situation where Georgia could look to reestablish the running game with Nick Chubb and Sony Michel.

Still Kentucky has played better of late and comes in having won five of its last six games. Even during their winning streak, opponents have had success on the ground. The Wildcats scored a 40-38 win over Mississippi State two weeks ago but surrendered 280 yards rushing. They knocked off Missouri 35-21 last week but gave up another 157 on the ground.

On the surface this looks like an area that the Bulldogs should be able to attack throughout the game. Kentucky’s front seven isn’t deep and could wear down as the game progresses. Sophomore linebacker Jordan Jones leads the team in tackles and tackles for loss. Josh Allen and Denzil Ware have combined for 10 sacks but there isn’t a lot of depth behind them.

The Wildcats’ defense hasn’t been very opportunistic in forcing turnovers either. Kentucky is dead last in the conference in turnover margin at minus-11. Georgia on the other hand are tied for the league lead at plus-6. The Wildcats have forced just nine turnovers all season with seven coming via interception.

Given Georgia’s recent offensive struggles I am hesitant to declare anyone a good matchup. On paper at least, Kentucky appears as a matchup where the Bulldogs could have some success.