UK Football

Georgia-UK matchups



Matthew Stafford is coming off his worst game of the season, a no-touchdown, three-interception performance against Florida. Stafford also has struggled in his two games against Kentucky, throwing for just one score with five picks.

Kentucky's Randall Cobb will make his second career start after engineering two second-half scoring drives against Mississippi State.

Advantage: Georgia

Running back

While Georgia has been a disappointment, sophomore Knowshon Moreno is having a better season statistically than he did during his All-SEC campaign last season. He's probably the nation's most dangerous back. Kentucky will use a three-tailback rotation of Tony Dixon, Alfonso Smith and Moncell Allen.

Advantage: Georgia

Wide receivers

Alabama's Julio Jones came in with slightly more hype, but Georgia's A.J. Green has been the nation's best freshman receiver this season, leading the SEC in receptions and receiving yards per game. He has a veteran sidekick in senior Mohamed Masssaquoi.

Kentucky continues its season-long quest to find an impact receiver other than Randall Cobb, who's now playing quarterback.

Advantage: Georgia

Offensive line

The Bulldogs are extremely young on the O-line, in part because of injuries. The Bulldogs lost their starting left tackle, Trinton Sturdivant, to a pre-season knee injury, and his backup, Vince Vance, went down with a season-ending knee injury in the Tennessee game. The Bulldogs will start two true freshmen, a redshirt freshman, a redshirt sophomore and a true sophomore up front. Still, Georgia has allowed just 11 sacks. The UK line continues to struggle in the running game but has allowed an SEC-low nine sacks this season.

Advantage: Even

Defensive line

Georgia lost its best defensive lineman (tackle Jeff Owens) in the season-opener to a knee injury. Junior tackle Geno Atkins was first-team All-SEC last year, but the Bulldogs are near the bottom of the league in sacks. The UK front four should be at full strength for the first time in a few weeks as tackle Myron Pryor's high ankle sprain has made significant progress. Ends Jeremy Jarmon and Ventrell Jenkins will try to take advantage of Georgia's inexperience at tackle.

Advantage: Kentucky


Georgia weakside 'backer Rennie Curran has been perhaps the league's best linebacker this season with 74 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. Senior Dannell Ellerbe is working his way back into the lineup in the middle after a knee injury. Junior middle linebacker Micah Johnson looked healthier last week against Mississippi State after fighting through a high ankle sprain.

Advantage: Even


Georgia has an experienced secondary led by junior corners Asher Allen and Prince Miller, but they rank 11th in the league in pass defense and have allowed a league-high 16 touchdowns through the air.

The big-play resume of junior cornerback Trevard Lindley started with his game-clinching interception in the Georgia win two years ago. But the UK pass defense has been iffy the past two weeks. Giving up a pair of touchdown passes to Tim Tebow is nothing to be ashamed of, but they surprisingly allowed Mississippi State quarterback Tyson Lee to throw for 261 yards and a pair of scores.

Advantage: Kentucky

Special teams

Georgia freshman kicker Blair Walsh has been up and down, and the Bulldogs haven't gotten much from its return game. Lones Seiber will get the nod at place-kicker for Kentucky, but he could get pulled in favor of redshirt freshman Ryan Tydlacka if he struggles. Kentucky's Tim Masthay (45.6) and Georgia's Brian Mimbs (43.6) are 1-2 in the SEC in punting.

Advantage: Georgia

Chip Cosby