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Georgia breezed through its early season schedule, scoring at least 41 points in every game on its way to a 5-0 start.
But that streak came to an abrupt halt two weeks against the stingy South Carolina defense. The Gamecocks held the Bulldogs to just 224 total yards, even though Georgia was averaging more than twice that amount heading into that contest.
South Carolina also shut down a Bulldogs running game that averages over 225 yards on the ground per game. Georgia's top two runners, freshman Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, combined for just 76 yards on 25 carries and zero touchdowns. Gurley in particular had gone over 100 yards on the ground in four of his team's first five games and had never averaged under five yards per carry until the South Carolina contest.
Georgia was without one of its key offensive weapons in that contest, as receiver Michael Bennett tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the week leading up the South Carolina contest. Bennett had racked up 345 yards and four touchdowns before his injury.
The Bulldogs were also pushed around on defense, allowing nearly 400 yards of total offense and over 200 yards on the ground. For the season, the unit is in the middle of the pack nationally, ranking 53rd among FBS schools in scoring defense. Georgia has been particularly stingy in the second half, allowing just 51 points total in six games. By comparison, the Bulldogs have given up 51 combined points in the first half in the last two weeks alone.
But Georgia should be able to bounce back this week, even without star linebacker Jarvis Jones. The all-American had been playing with multiple injuries already before he sprained his ankle against South Carolina. Freshman Jordan Jenkins will start in his place, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Kentucky, meanwhile, is just 1-6 this season, with its only victory coming against Kent State back in Week Two.
The Wildcats are in the middle of a brutal stretch of conference games. Georgia is the fourth ranked SEC team Kentucky has faced in its last five games. The Wildcats are 0-4 during that stretch and have been outscored, 152-38.
Last week, Kentucky was blown out by an Arkansas squad that previously lost to both Louisiana-Monroe and Rutgers. The Wildcats gave up 444 yards in the first half alone, and Arkansas racked up 24 first downs before the game was called because of lightning with 5:08 left in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs have won 51 of the 65 games in this series, including a 19-10 victory in 2011. Georgia trailed 10-6 midway through the second quarter but shut down the Wildcats the rest of the way. Kentucky managed just 13 yards in the second half, and the Bulldogs sacked Kentucky quarterback Maxwell Smith five times.
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