No. 1 Georgia is preparing to take on Kentucky on the road on Saturday, Nov. 19, with kickoff set for 3:30 pm ET, and CBS set to broadcast the game. Georgia is coming off a 45-19 road win over Mississippi State and Kentucky is coming off a 24-21 home loss to Vanderbilt. Georgia, whose record last season was 14-1 with a nation-leading 28.4-point margin of victory, went 10-5 against the spread in 2021, with a +7.3 margin against the spread that was good for seventh-best in the country . Georgia is 6-4 against the spread this season, with a +0.6 margin against the spread.
The opening line for the Week 12 matchup has been released and it has Georgia as a 22-point road favorite over Kentucky. Georgia is given a 93 percent chance of winning the game by ESPN’s FPI. Georgia leads the all-time series 61-12-2, having reeled off 12 straight wins over Kentucky.
Georgia overcame an up-and-down performance to still walk away with a 26-point road win on Saturday, a reminder that Kirby Smart has built the program up to be able to withstand its own miscues by simply being more talented than its opponent. Quarterback Stetson Bennett went 25-of-37 passing for 289 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions, adding a touchdown run. With the offense sputtering at the end of the first half, Georgia went into the half up only 17-12. Mississippi State had seized the momentum. On the second play from scrimmage in the second half, Georgia wideout Ladd McConkey took it right back, with a 70-yard run for a touchdown to put Georgia up 24-12. Mississippi State would not get back within single digits the rest of the game. On the next drive, McConkey would find the end zone again on a 17-yard reception. He would end the game with five catches for 71 yards and a touchdown and 70 rushing yards and a touchdown, leading the team in all categories and putting himself in contention for SEC Offensive Player of the Week.
“I was really proud of this team,” Kirby Smart said Saturday after the game. “You go on the road, anytime in the SEC, you play in an environment like this one the road, it’s tremendous adversity and our guys responded. Again, again and again, we found ourselves in some tough situations. It shows to the commitment to the practice we have. This is a really good defense, guys, but we kept responding, we kept competing and made some big stops on defense. I thought fans, our crowd and our fan base came out and I’m really proud to see that many folks there. Our team keeps getting better, I think we’re ascending at this time and I was proud of the way they competed.”
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