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November 22, 2013

Winless in SEC, Kentucky limps to Georgia game

KENTUCKY (2-8, 0-6 SEC)
Coach: Mark Stoops
Record: 2-8 in first season at UK and overall
Last game: Vanderbilt 22, Kentucky 6
Next game: vs. Tennessee, Nov. 30
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GEORGIA (6-4, 4-3 SEC)
Coach: Mark Richt
Record: 124-44 in 13th season at Georgia and overall
Last game: Auburn 43, Georgia 38
Next game: at Georgia Tech, Nov. 30
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Game/Series Information
Game Information
Site: Sanford Stadium (92,746), Athens, Ga.
TV: ESPNU (Clay Matvick play-by-play, Matt Stinchcomb analysis, Dawn Davenport sideline)
Radio: UK IMG Sports Network (Tom Leach play-by-play, Jeff Piecoro analysis; Dick Gabriel sideline); Sirius 93/XM 200
Internet: Audio | Video
Favorite: Georgia by 24

Series Information:
Series record: Georgia leads 52-12-2
At Athens: Georgia leads 26-4-2
Coaches' records: Stoops 0-0 vs. Georgia; Richt 10-2 vs. UK

Last meeting
Georgia 29, Kentucky 24 (Oct. 20, 2012, in Lexington)
The Wildcats' 206 rushing yards kept them in the game throughout, but Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray prevented UK from pulling the upset. Murray completed 30 of 38 passes for 427 yards and four touchdowns without an interception, and the Bulldogs rallied from 29-17 down to win at Commonwealth Stadium. Jonathan George ran for 87 yards for the Wildcats, who gave up 504 yards of total offense.

Keys to the Game
1. Money Murray: Kentucky has faced its share of elite quarterbacks this season, and the Bulldogs' Aaron Murray will be among the best. He's thrown for 2,892 yards and 22 touchdowns this season with eight interceptions. Murray holds SEC career records for completions, passing yards, touchdown passes and total offense, and he's the first SEC quarterback ever to throw for at least 3,000 yards in three seasons. He needs 108 yards against the Cats to make it four straight seasons, a feat only Hawaii's Timmy change and Boise State's Kellen Moore have accomplished.

2. Injury Bug: The Bulldogs are getting healthier, but few teams this season have had worse injury luck. Twelve Georgia starters have missed time due to injury, and three are out for the season. Running back Todd Gurley missed three and a half games with an ankle injury but still leads the Bulldogs with 704 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. He averages 100.6 rushing yards per game.

3. Senior Sendoff: Georgia's Senior Night will salute a group that's had an up-and-down ride in Athens. The Bulldogs' seniors are 34-17 with a pair of Eastern Division titles, but they might be most remembered for what might have been. The Bulldogs were expected to contend for the East again this season, but injuries and close losses -- three this season by five points or fewer -- knocked Georgia off track.

Staff Predictions
T.J. Walker, Staff Writer: Georgia 42, Kentucky 10 I can see this game going one of two ways: Georgia is hung over from its heartbreaking loss at Auburn last week and doesn't play well Saturday, or the Bulldogs are out for blood, and UK is heading into a hornet's nest. And with it being senior night, I'm thinking the latter. Murray picks apart a thin Kentucky secondary.

Aaron Smith, staff writer: Georgia 42, Kentucky 17 The effort will still be there against the Bulldogs, but the execution will still be missing. There's no reason to think Georgia's high-powered offense won't have a great day, and UK's offense under Jalen Whitlow won't be able to keep up.

Justin Rowland, Football Recruiting Analyst: Georgia 38, Kentucky 21 This game wouldn't be quite as difficult in the noon slot but at night time and with a Georgia team that is healthier than it has been for much of the year it's going to be tough. It's Aaron Murray's last home game and he has far too many weapons. Kentucky's defense may have their moments but they aren't good enough to sustain it for four quarters without help from the offense and kicking game.

Brett Dawson, Publisher: Georgia 34, Kentucky 10 It's been a disappointing season for Georgia, and there's the possibility the team will have packed it in. But if you're looking for reasons to pick the Bulldogs big, look to Murray and Gurley. There are few better quarterback/running back combos in the country, and the two should be enough for the Bulldogs' offense to outscore the Cats.

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