Three takeaways from No. 6 Georgia’s win over No. 9 Kentucky

The No. 6 Georgia Bulldogs are doing all they can to erase the memory of an embarrassing loss to LSU as they took down No. 9 Kentucky 34-17 on Saturday just one week after defeating then-No. 9 Florida in a convincing fashion.

Georgia got off to a good start, but it could have been better as it took a 14-3 halftime lead despite leaving a lot of points on the field.

In the second half, though, the Bulldogs came out much better as D’Andre Swift broke an 83-yard run to all but put the game away. The run was the longest Kentucky has given up all season.

This is the D’Andre Swift UGA fans expected to see all year.

Swift finished with 156 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns.

Three takeaways from No. 6 Georgia’s win over No. 9 Kentucky

Bulldogs did all they could to keep Kentucky in the game early

Yes, Kentucky has a good defense, and yes, it forced two turnovers in the first half. But, Georgia should have been flat-out dominating the Wildcats at halftime. The score should have been at least 20-3, and probably 28-3.

Georgia did everything it could to keep Kentucky in the game in the first half, like in this one drive at the end of the first quarter. Inside the Wildcats’ 40-yard line, quarterback Jake Fromm threw one ball very high, then completed a third-down pass inside the 20, threw another ball very high and eventually a bad snap resulted in a fumble recovery for the Wildcats.

In the second quarter, Georgia had a run that put it inside the 5-yard line with a first down called back because of a hold, but it was at least able to score a touchdown on a ridiculous run by Swift on the next play.

Right stick ⬅️, right stick ⬅️, touchdown D’Andre Swift.

Swift and Fromm would later combine to mishandle a handoff with less than 20 seconds to go inside the Wildcats’ red zone at the end of the half. Kentucky would recover and Georgia would score no points.

Yes, Kentucky managed to keep the game close, but the argument can be made it was Georgia that kept the Wildcats in it.

The biggest winner of this game? LSU

Both Georgia and Kentucky really needed this win. The Bulldogs needed it to stay in the national championship conversation and the Wildcats needed it for validation. But, since the Bulldogs completely dominated this game, the biggest winner is undoubtedly LSU.

Here’s why.

LSU made Georgia look bad in its win over the Bulldogs a few weeks ago. A win that is almost certainly the reason behind the Tigers No. 3 ranking over Notre Dame. So, Georgia getting a win over the No. 9 team in the country just one week after a win over the current No. 11 team in the country in Florida makes LSU’s win look extremely good, especially since both of those games were away from home.

Here’s another thing to note: There’s is almost zero chance the voters for the College Football Playoff downgrade the Tigers because of a loss to Alabama. Unless it’s like 55-0.

So, if LSU comes away with a loss Saturday to the Crimson Tide, do not be surprised if the Tigers are ranked above the Bulldogs despite having two losses. And, it honestly wouldn’t be that surprising if the Tigers were still in the top four. Georgia’s last two wins would be the reason why.

Kentucky knew they were overmatched early

Kentucky has a very good team this year. They run the ball well, they have a better quarterback than some may want to admit and their defense is legitimately good. But, they knew early they were overmatched by Georgia.

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The Wildcats ran a double-pass on their second possession of the game after they went three-and-out on their first drive. Teams don’t break out trick plays on their second possession if they think they can compete with their opponent.

And, it turned out Kentucky was right, they were overmatched. The Wildcats came into the contest having held all of their opponents to less than 20 points in every game. They gave up more than that midway through the third quarter. Kentucky was also held to its lowing rushing total of the season (84). It came in averaging more than 200 yards per game. Kentucky simply isn’t as good as the Bulldogs, but again, they still have a very good team.

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