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Georgia hosts the No. 11 ranked Kentucky Wildcats Saturday at 3:30 EST, and they have opened as 23.5 point favorites on the SI Sportsbook on Sunday.

Now, just three days later, the line has moved a full point and a half down to -22.0 in favor of Georgia. That's certainly still a massive betting line for a matchup featuring the No. 2 and No.11 ranked teams in the country.

After all, Alabama is the No. 5 team in the country headed to Starkville to take on Mississippi State and they are only 17.0 favorites following their loss to Texas A&M a week ago.

So, why is the betting line moving?

Public Money Headed to Kentucky

Not all money bet on the Georgia Bulldogs comes from Georgia fans, and if social media's reaction to the opening betting line at 23.5 points told you anything it's that the general public was shocked it was even that high. So, as the money starts to roll in on the Wildcats, SISportsbook clearly began to adjust the line a little bit.

Injuries

Head coach Kirby Smart hasn't named a starter for Saturday's game, nor will he until his pregame sideline interview most likely. However, all reports seem to be that JT Daniels is still working through that lat muscle issue that he's been dealing with for three or four weeks now. Smart said executive trainer Ron Courson has him on a "pitch count" in practice, though he's thrown without pain or swelling which is a positive sign.

Daniels is just one of 13 others that are on the injury report as well after playing two physical football teams back to back in Arkansas and Auburn.

Time, TV channel, and streaming info

  • Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Location: Sanford Stadium, Athens, Ga.
  • TV: CBS
  • Streaming: SEC on CBS
  • Odds: Georgia is favored by 21.5 points

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Kentucky at Georgia news:

  • The key to beating UGA is stopping the run - but that's easier said than done.

The Dawgs came at Auburn early and often with the same runs they'd used to ride roughshod over everyone else. The Tigers responded with their same hybrid nickel defense they'd used against most everyone else.

  • Beating the crap out of Vanderbilt was the confidence-building exercise Kentucky needed.

I witnessed one of the best quarterbacks in the program's history ensure the first road winning record for Kentucky in nearly a decade, and record the highest win percentage of any Kentucky quarterback in modern history. Stephen Johnson will go down as one of the best signal callers to ever play in Lexington; not because of his numbers or his talent, but because of his poise, his leadership, his strength, and the fact that he is simply a winner.

  • Everything, from execution to coaching, went wrong for the Bulldogs last week.

I think we all thought a loss was possible, but there was no way we'd be blown out. Mark Richt is gone. The culture has changed. And Kirby would at least get us our money's worth for those lofty ticket prices. Then that happened. And now we are all sitting around, befuddled and pissed off saying, 'What the hell just happened?'

  • He's not even two years into his SEC career, but Benny Snell is already setting Kentucky records.

Vanderbilt had no answer for the talented back. Snell became the first running back in UK history to post 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons.

With his second score - a two-yard run on a Wildcat keeper that occurred at the 12:57 mark of the third quarter - Snell became the school's all-time leader in rushing touchdowns.

Is Snell the best SEC tailback no one is talking about?

The sophomore has been the engine behind the Kentucky offense, rushing for 1,013 yards and 15 touchdowns this fall. More importantly, he's taken pressure off a lackluster passing game by being a workhorse; Snell has averaged more than 20 carries a game. In his last three games, all against SEC competition, he's run for 472 yards and nine (!!) touchdowns. Now it's time to see what he can do against a leveled-up Georgia defense.

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Kentucky at Georgia prediction:

The Wildcats have the firepower to keep this game closer than past installments of the rivalry but ultimately can't match up with a Bulldog team that will be out for blood after last week's loss. Expect Georgia to pull away in the second half to keep its playoff hopes alive.

Georgia vs Kentucky How To Watch

Date: Saturday, October 16

Game Time: 3:30 ET

Venue: Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA

How To Watch: CBS

Record: Georgia (6-0), Kentucky (6-0)

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Why Kentucky Will Win

Don't meltdown when things start going wrong - and they will go wrong.

The intensity of Sanford Stadium - along with the NFL defensive front on the other side - helped cause penalty after penalty by Arkansas in the 37-0 Dawg win.

Auburn couldn't throw its way back into the game, Clemson couldn't do anything right, and no one seems able to solve the No. 1 defense in the country. Kentucky has the offensive line and the running back in Chris Rodriguez to get pounding. The big yards won't be there, but the Wildcats have to at least maintain some semblance of ball control with No. 24.

You can't commit penalties to have any shot at Georgia. Kentucky is among the best in the SEC at keeping the flags to a minimum.

You have to bring the defense. Kentucky has yet to allow anyone to hit 175 rushing yards and no one has thrown for 300.

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Why Georgia Will Win

Kentucky doesn't come up with takeaways and it has a turnover problem.

The Wildcat program doesn't do any one thing amazingly well, but it always hangs around and then finds a way to pull it off late. Against Georgia, though, the takeaways have to come, and UK has only six on the year and none in the last two games.

To be fair, there's been just one turnover in the last two games, but the O has given it up 12 times on the season.

The Dawgs don't need any help.

The defensive line has taken its game to a whole other level, the offensive front has been the best in America so far, and Stetson Bennett has filled in nicely for an injured JT Bennett.

He's getting plenty of time to throw, he's not making the big mistakes, and ...

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What's Going To Happen

Bennett has GOT to avoid interceptions.

He's been great so far, and he hit a few big throws in last year's 14-3 win, but he also gave up two picks.

He's not going to be pressured into making too many big plays. Hand it off, keep the passing game conservative, let the defense do the rest.

Kentucky won't beat itself - even with a few giveaways - but it won't have the passing punch needed to pull this off.

Georgia has won 11 straight in this and 13 of 14. The streak continues.

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Georgia vs Kentucky Prediction, Line

Georgia 34, Kentucky 13

Line: Georgia -23, o/u: 44.5

ATS Confidence out of 5: 1.5

Must See Rating: 4.5

5: Caramel apple anything

1: Pumpkin spice anything

Five weeks into the 2021 college football season, the SEC has three unbeaten teams remaining. Two of those teams are ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the country in Alabama and Georgia respectively, and then there's Kentucky.

The Wildcats are 5-0 overall and 2-0 in conference play after last week's upset win over then-No. 10 Florida. They jumped from unranked to 16th in the nation in the latest AP Top 25 Poll.

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How to Watch LSU vs. Kentucky:

Game Date: Oct. 9, 2021

Game Time: 7:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: SEC Network

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Kentucky was able to beat Florida despite getting outgained 382 yards to 224, mainly because of its strong situational defense. The Gators converted just four of their 13 third downs (and failed to convert their only fourth-down attempt), and scored just one touchdown in three red-zone trips.

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