Welcome, fans of the top-ranked team in college football. It’s Monday, the Georgia Bulldogs are hosting the #11, undefeated Kentucky Wildcats this Saturday, and you’ve got at least a few things to do between now and then. Let’s get you caught up on what’s happening in Bulldog Nation so you can get back to doing that daily voodoo you do so well.
You're not going to believe this, but Auburn grad Bo Nix apparently isn’t a history buff, whining after Saturday’s game that Auburn never gets key game-changing calls. Fans of SEC schools who have been watching the Tigers back butt-first into wins for the better part of twenty years would probably beg to differ. I for one take no small satisfaction in watching Auburn players and fans rub both brain cells together furiously coming up with excuses.
Here in the present, it looks like Athens will once again be the center of the college football universe this weekend.
Some would wonder why the games that looked like humdrum affairs in the preseason have turned into physical battles with highly ranked opponents. In my book this is another chance to showcase Athens and build closer relationships with even more of the nation’s top recruits. There was a time when Bulldog fans cringed at the notion of GameDay coming to town. It’s a measure of how far this program has come that we’re in this position for a third time this season and it seems perfectly normal.
Speaking of recruits, our heartfelt congratulations go out to 2022 Bulldog commit Gunner Stockton, who broke Deshaun Watson’s Georgia record of 218 career touchdowns by throwing for three scores and rushing for another in his Rabun County squad’s 45-14 victory over Grovetown this weekend. With at least three and likely several more games left in his career, Stockton could put the record just about out of reach by the time he heads to Athens.
And speaking of big numbers, Georgia opened as a 24.5 point favorite on Saturday with the line currently sitting pretty close to that at 23.5. We’ll certainly talk more about this in the coming days, but I think the line makes sense here.
It’s not so much that Kentucky is a worse team than Arkansas or Auburn. To me this is more about the matchups. Kentucky has gotten itself to 6-0 for the first time since 1950 by playing the kind of football that wins in a rock fight. They’re big and physical. They run the ball and they play solid run defense. The problem isn’t that Kentucky can’t win rock fights. The problem is that Vegas recognizes that Georgia, which wants to do all those same things, carries more and bigger rocks.
That should get your day started. We’ll be back shortly with a hardcore advanced stats update from DawgStats, this week’s edition of The SEC in a Sentence, and a variety of other Red and Black goodness. Until then...