Have Mark Richt and the Georgia Bulldogs saved their season in a nick of time?
All could be forgiven with a road win at Kentucky this weekend in Lexington. Plus, a win against Florida. However, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The Kentucky game is currently the most important game of the year.
Kentucky isn’t a pushover, and Joker Phillips’ squad claimed one of the biggest wins in recent school history with a come-from-behind 31-28 win against South Carolina in a nationally televised game.
It does appear that Bulldog nation has received a second life or second wind since the return of once-suspended, All-SEC receiver A.J. Green.
Washaun Ealey, who had his own set of problems earlier in the season, has appeared to rebound and looked strong against an overwhelmed Vanderbilt Commodores’ squad back on October 16th in Athens.
Ealey’s 123- yard performance may have gotten the sophomore out of Richt’s doghouse after his bout with fumbling the football. A more focused Washaun Ealey is a good thing for this Bulldogs team, and they will need him once again against Kentucky and Florida.
Despite the recent suspension of Caleb King, the team appears to be at full strength and Aaron Murray has slowly emerged as one of the better young quarterbacks in the Southeastern Conference.
Kentucky started their season strong with a 3-0 mark, but had a trio of tough SEC losses against Florida, Mississippi and Auburn.
Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips is definitely taking the Georgia Bulldogs seriously and isn’t fooled by the four losses the Bulldogs team has thus far.
Phillips acknowledges that Georgia has their big-play receiver back on the field and knows it will be a tough game on Saturday, October 23rd.
Additionally, Phillips knows this home game in Lexington is a great opportunity for his team to take this unsettled SEC Eastern Division.
Kentucky is led by senior quarterback Mike Hartline who won a weekly SEC award for the best offensive player. Hartline connected with all-SEC performer Randall Cobb for the game-winning score against South Carolina. For the game, Hartline threw for 349 yards and four touchdowns.
Cobb is someone that the Bulldogs must account for on the field at all times. He is arguably the team’s best offensive player.
After the Wildcats big win, Cobb had received some criticism for sending out Twitter messages in regard to his own Kentucky fans coming late to the game and/or caring more about Midnight Maddness with the Kentucky basketball team. Cobb has since apologized for his comments.
For the Bulldogs, Aaron Murray has been equally as impressive for a second consecutive week.
Murray received a weekly honor of being the SEC’s top freshman. Murray’s 287-yard performance against Vanderbilt was a career-high and was efficient by completing 15 of 24 passes. Currently, Murray has the highest passing efficiency rating in the country among freshman quarterbacks.