Kentucky Week: Kendall's three keys

Posted Nov 18, 2005

Josh Kendall takes a look at the three keys in Georgia's game with Kentucky.

Don’t blow it.

So far, this season has been a bummer with two straight losses following a 7-0 start. An almost unthinkable loss to the 27-point underdog Wildcats would be a third-straight blown chance to make the SEC Championship.

Get healthy.

It shouldn’t matter this week, but Georgia will need the likes of Kedric Golston, Tim Jennings, Tony Taylor and Tra Battle ready to go full speed in the two weeks, when the SEC Championship Game is.

Sharpen the no-huddle offense. o If Georgia keeps moving the ball at the pace it moved it against a very good Auburn defense, the Bulldogs will be tough to play no matter how their defense plays.

Kentucky’s porous defense should provide a perfect backdrop against which to build some more offensive confidence and rhythm.

One to watch

Wide receiver Sean Bailey. Bailey, the son of former Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Stacey Bailey and one of the most pleasant players on the team, has dropped almost as many passes as he’s caught this year. That’s an awful ratio, particularly for a starter. It’s a wonder he’s still in the starting lineup, but that’s a testament to how good the coaching staff thinks he can be. They don’t want to completely kill his confidence, but if he drops many more, they’ll have to sit him. If that happens, he may not get off the bench for a long time.


Other than Little, Kentucky doesn’t have the talent to run with Georgia.

The Bulldogs will have to bottle him up in the running game, the passing game and on punt returns, but, if they do that, this game will be a runaway. The Wildcats’ defense lacks the size or speed to compete in the SEC. The only conference teams that failed to gain more than 400 yards against Kentucky were Ole Miss and Mississippi State, and both of those offenses are dreadful. Last year, the Bulldogs scored 62 in Lexington. The number may not get that big this year, but it could be close.

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