SEC unbeatens Georgia, Kentucky tangle Saturday

(AP)- No. 1 Georgia faces No. 11 Kentucky on Saturday, the third straight game for the Bulldogs against a ranked Southeastern Conference opponent.

Georgia won the first two games by a combined score of 71-10, and the oddsmakers don’t expect this one to be all that much closer.

After being favored by 18 1/2 points against Arkansas and by 15 1/2 at Auburn, the Bulldogs are now more than a three-touchdown favorite against Kentucky, the only other unbeaten team in the SEC.

Seems a bit dismissive of the Wildcats, who the past two weeks have taken down traditional SEC heavyweights Florida and LSU at home.

Really, it’s a statement about Georgia’s early season dominance, especially on defense. The Bulldogs are currently allowing 5.5 points per game. The last major college football team to allow fewer points per game over a full season was Alabama in 1979 at 5.3.

Georgia’s defense, anchored by massive tackles Jordan Davis and Jalen Carter, has been an unrelenting monster.

As for Kentucky, the Wildcats are positioned to have one the best seasons in school history. They will get be greeted in Athens, Georgia, by ESPN’s “College GameDay” and will play in the SEC’s premier TV position on CBS at 2:30 p.m.

The rankings and records warrant the hype, but it will take a monumental effort by the Wildcats for the game to live up to it.

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