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UGA Football Listed as Big Favorite over Kentucky Wildcats in Showdown of SEC Undefeateds

October 1, 2023

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ATHENS - Kirby Smart’s UGA Football program has been listed as a major favorite over undefeated Kentucky. The Wildcats smothered the Gators Saturday in Lexington. 

According to FanDuel, Georgia is listed as an 17.5-point favorite to beat the Cats Saturday night. UGA has not covered a line this season going 0-4-1 so far in 2023. Georgia beat Auburn 27-20 at Auburn on Saturday.

UGA will host the Wildcats at 7 PM on ESPN

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Here are some news and noted from Georgia’s big win over Auburn on Saturday....

*Extending The Streaks: With today’s 27-20 win, top-ranked Georgia (5-0, 2-0 SEC) has extended its school record for consecutive victories now to 22. The streak began during the 2021 season (Dec. 31) when the Bulldogs beat #2 Michigan 34-11 in a CFP semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl. 

*The Bulldogs extended their school record for consecutive regular season wins to 32, which leads all of FBS, and is the second longest active streak in the NCAA behind DIII Mount Union (58 straight). This Georgia streak began during the 2020 season with a 31-24 win over Miss. State. on Nov. 21.

*Georgia now has won 21 regular season SEC games in a row dating to a 31-24 win over Miss. State on Nov. 21, 2020. The school record is 23, set during a stretch from 1980-83.

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*TIght Contests & Series History: With today’s win, Georgia now holds a 64-56-8 edge in the series history including winning the past seven meetings. It’s the longest streak of success since the record nine-game streak from 1923-31. Today marked the 12th win for the Bulldogs in the Kirby Smart ear when Georgia entered the fourth quarter either tied or trailing late. In 2016, the UGA-AU game was tied 7-all entering the 4th and the Bulldogs won 13-7. The last time Georgia and an opponent was tied entering the 4th quarter that the Bulldogs won came in the overtime Rose Bowl win over No. 2 Oklahoma in the 2017 season. It was 31-all and Georgia won 54-48 in 2OT. Today was only the third in the Smart era that a game was tied at halftime. Georgia is now 2-1 in these games.

*Inside The SEC Numbers: Through two SEC games this year, Georgia’s average margin of victory is 8.5 points. The past two years, Georgia has posted back-to-back 8-0 marks in SEC action with the average margin of victory of 25.5 (2022) and 31.9 (2021).

*Bowers Moving Up In the Bulldog Record Book: Junior TE Brock Bowers had a team-best nine catches for a career-high 157 yards with 1 TD and it covered 40 yards and put Georgia in front for good at 27-20 in the fourth quarter. He has nine career games with 100+ rec. Yards.

He has 23 career TD catches which is third in school history. His 2,237 receiving yards ranks eighth in school history.

*Offensive Summary: Junior QB Carson Beck finished 23-for-33 for 313 yards with one TD and one INT in the win. On the 2nd possession of the game, Beck threw his 2nd INT of the year as AU got it at the UGA48 and the Tigers turned it into a TD and a 10-0 lead. On Georgia’s next possession, Beck directed an 11-play 56-yard drive in 5:11 to trim the deficit to 10-7. After the defense held the Tigers, Georgia’s fourth possession resulted in a game-tying 37-yard field goal by Peyton Woodring culminating a 10-play, 61-yard drive in 3:55.  

For the 2nd time this year, Georgia had a 98-yard TD drive (UT-Martin). Today’s covered 10 plays in 4:24 to tie the contest at 17.

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