Storylines and matchups for Georgia’s game at Kentucky on Saturday (w/ video)

THREE STORYLINES

1. Will Jarvis Jones play? The Bulldogs’ All-American outside linebacker hasn’t practiced since spraining his right ankle in the course of the Oct. 6 loss at South Carolina. Jones is also playing with a groin injury and a sore left knee. It might be prudent to rest him against the 1-6 Wildcats and have him at closer to full speed for the Oct. 27 matchup with the No. 3-ranked Florida Gators. Besides, the Bulldogs are very pleased with the play of Jones’ freshman backup, Jordan Jenkins.

2. Can Bulldogs focus on Kentucky? Concentration could be an issue for Georgia with Florida and South Carolina playing in a game that could ultimately determine whether the Bulldogs have a shot at winning the Eastern Division. The Gators and Gamecocks kick off approximately 3 hours and 15 minutes before the Bulldogs, meaning the outcome should be known about the time Georgia runs onto the field for the last time at Commonwealth Stadium. The Dogs must be careful their minds are in the right place.

3. Can Georgia reestablish footing on defense? More than anything else, the Bulldogs fielded questions about their suddenly porous defense during the off week. Georgia’s chief issue has been giving up big plays. It has allowed 14 of 30 yards or more, way too many for any defense but especially for one that returned nine starters after finishing fifth in the nation the previous year. Kentucky is ranked 13th or 14th in almost every offensive category and will be starting a true freshman at quarterback due to injuries to three others. So anything other than total domination will be disappointing for the Bulldogs.

A win for Georgia . . .

Would give the Bulldogs 52 wins in 66 games against Kentucky

A win for Kentucky . . .

Would be its third over Georgia since 1997 and first since 2009.

Matchup to watch

Georgia’s receivers vs. Kentucky’s secondary? There is a possibility the Wildcats could at have an all-freshman secondary on the field at certain times. That was the case last week when they were torched for 372 yards passing in a weather-shortened 49-7 loss at Arkansas. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs are looking to get their once effective passing game untracked. They managed only 109 yards and quarterback Aaron Murray was 11-of-31 at South Carolina the last time out.

Tweets-of-the-week

“Will I go down as a winner, whats the picture dey gon paint? Wouldn’t say dat I’mma quitter bc thats 1 thing I kno I aint.”

OLB Jarvis Jones ‏(@SacManJones_29)

“A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at them!!!!”

LB Amarlo Herrera (@5DeuceHerrera)

“Kentucky sure is a beautiful place”

Christian Robinson (‏@crob45)

19 comments Add your comment

Uncle Festus

October 18th, 2012
8:28 pm

One….game….at….a….time. Steady as she goes. Take care of Kentucky and THEN focus on Florida. Night games in Lexington are always tough for the Dogs so stay focused.

Chuck UGA

October 18th, 2012
10:48 pm

Come on Chip, I have a better chance of winning the Superball Lottery than Kentucky has of winning this game. Typical of Mark Richt, the coaching staff spending WAY too much time preparing for the worst UK team in twenty years INSTEAD of preparing for Florida which may be the most important game of his career.

Frank Lane

October 18th, 2012
11:13 pm

ONE GAME AT A TIME>

jonkin

October 18th, 2012
11:57 pm

After a lost to the cocks now we are underdog again to Fla Gaytors but of course gotta take care the Cats first this Sat.

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nobody

October 19th, 2012
12:45 am

the next two weeks will confirm that our team has NOT perpetrated a fraud on the rest of the football world

JUNKYARD DAWG

October 19th, 2012
5:50 am

GET SooooooooeM ! you Hairy DAWG’s

JUNKYARD DAWG

October 19th, 2012
5:52 am

tell me again

October 19th, 2012
7:24 am

The only thing we can control at this point is the remaining schedule. What Fla. / SC do is irrelevant. Just win, Dawgs.

Chip Towers

October 19th, 2012
8:23 am

kennesawdawg: You’re right. Not sure how I overlooked that ‘09 loss. Remember it well.

joe jenkins

October 19th, 2012
9:56 am

kent could upset us…..richt doesn’t like to be the bad guy that causes another coach to lose his job

doug kinley

October 19th, 2012
10:40 am

I think the dawgs want to get their passing game on track not “untracked”

castle pines canine

October 19th, 2012
11:05 am

I am still taken back by the O coordinator saying that we have to start running to Marshall and Gurley more. So my question is: “Who is calling the plays”?

castle pines canine

October 19th, 2012
11:07 am

After watching a replay of the SC UGA game it became apparent that Rambo, and Ogletree were sharing the recreational substance with the remainder of the defensive backfield

Chip Towers

October 19th, 2012
11:16 am

castle pines canine: I think what he meant was running the ball EFFECTIVELY. Georgia attempted to run 36 times vs. S.Carolina, but it gained only 115 yards.

joe jenkins

October 19th, 2012
11:40 am

We should be able to rush the ball etween 200-300 yrds against kent….anything less would be a disappointment

kydawg

October 19th, 2012
11:56 am

I will be pleasantly surprised if we “run over” UK…they are always jacked up for this game and believe they can compete. It all depends on what UGA team shows up to play.

joe jenkins

October 19th, 2012
12:09 pm

Yeah i know….but richt gives kent them that feeling to believe….i bet richt takes his foot completely off the gas pedal when he is driving down to 285 in the fast lane….geez

Inlet Dawg

October 19th, 2012
11:37 pm

Come on players don’t let our coaches get you down,and set up a huge UK upset.