Georgia, No. 1, travels to Kentucky for an SEC East Division game on Saturday, Nov. 19. The game will be streamed live on Paramount+ (free trial) and fuboTV (free trial).
Not long ago, Georgia and Kentucky were both undefeated and seemingly on a collision course for SEC East dominance.
The top-ranked Bulldogs (10-0, 7-0 SEC, No. 1 CFP) lived up to expectations and clinched another division title with a goal of going unbeaten in league play for a second straight season. Not so much for the Wildcats (6-4, 3-4), who have lost four of six since a 4-0 start and sit No. 7 in the standings, including last week’s embarrassing 24-21 loss to the Table bottom Vanderbilt.
Kentucky is looking to regroup on multiple levels, a desperation that reminds Georgia to finish the job and not wait for next month’s meeting in Atlanta against No. 6 LSU (No. 6 CFP) for the SEC title and a spot to look into the college football playoffs.
Georgia comes off a 45-19 route in Mississippi State that quelled concerns of disappointment after hitting the then-no. 2 Tennessee. The Bulldogs rolled up 468 yards on offense in Starkville and held the “other” Bulldogs by for 263 yards.
The ‘Dawgs have won the last 12 against the Wildcats, who are desperate to put behind arguably their worst performance under 10th-year coach Mark Stoops. Kentucky has been flat against the Commodores at every stage and now sits third in the East.
Now comes the monumental task of stopping a Bulldogs roster that ranks no worse than third in most SEC statistical categories and boasts quarterback Stetson Bennett as the No. 2 passer.
When is the Georgia-Kentucky game?
The Georgia vs. Kentucky game is scheduled for Saturday, November 19 at 2:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m. ET).
Will it be streamed live?
Paramount+, which offers a 7-day free trial and includes 20,000+ episodes and movies from the ViacomCBS family including CBS, Comedy Central, BET, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and more.
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The game is streamed live on fuboTV, which offers a free trial. The most basic plan is the “Fubo Standard” plan, which includes 121+ channels for $69.99 per month. As with all cord cutting alternatives, there are many options, especially for sports. It comes with 1,000+ hours of cloud-based DVR and up to 10 screens simultaneously.
Which TV station is broadcasting the game?
The Georgia vs. Kentucky game will be broadcast on CBS.
BUILD A WALL: Pass protection remains a concern for Kentucky, who dropped four sacks to Vandy last week and are tied with 39 allowable 126th of 131 FBS teams. Improvement is needed against the SEC’s top defense, although Georgia is 10th in the SEC with 17 sacks.
TARGET THE TIGHT ENDS: Tight ends Brock Bowers and Darnell Washington play big roles in Georgia’s passing game. Senior receiver Kearis Jackson doesn’t mind if it detracts from his stats. Bowers is second on the team behind receiver Ladd McConkey with 39 catches and is producing a team-high 615 yards through the air and four touchdowns. Washington has 24 receptions for 392 yards and a score. Jackson, on the other hand, has just 18 catches for 246 yards with no TDs.
“I’m here to win games. I’m not here to have 1,000 yards and 20 touchdowns,” Jackson said. “If I wanted to come here for that, I would have gone somewhere else. But I’m trying to put championship years on our walls and trying to be a national champion, an SEC champion.”
STEADY RODRIGUEZ: Kentucky running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. has come off a suspension earlier in the season to once again show his stunning form. The All-SEC first-teamer has rushed for 733 yards and six touchdowns in six games and finished seventh and tenth in the conference, respectively. He’s just 362 yards away from tying Sonny Collins (3,835 yards) for second place in school history.
FREE WILL: Kentucky quarterback Will Levis threw for just 109 yards without a TD against Vanderbilt, his second scoreless performance in three games. He’s sixth in SEC passing with 2,102 yards and 16 touchdowns but needs a big turnaround after his second-lowest rush this season, causing the QB to feel frustrated on the touchline and in post-game interviews. Stoops attributed this to its competitiveness.
“He’s really a guy who cares a lot about this place, his legacy and the way he performs for his team and I feel for him too,” he said. “I also have to do a better job for him and we have to play better for him. We’re all in this together, so he’s not worried about it.”
DAWG DYNASTY: Georgia’s division title is the fifth in the last seven years under Smart, who has posted a record 68-10 since going 8-5 in his first season as Bulldogs coach in 2016. Asked what it takes to play at such a high level after a year, Smart cited consistency, dedication, physicality and maturity. But the Bulldogs barely acknowledged their last division title.
Smart said, “There’s still a lot of work to be done out there for this team to do.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.