Kentucky Football: Cats hope to get by with a little help from their friends

Scratch of the Kentucky Wildcats and Hairy Dawg of the Georgia Bulldogs. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
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Kentucky football and BBN eyeing Saturday’s SEC games for help

Missouri (4-4, 1-3) at Georgia (8-0, 6-0) Noon

Nothing really special here. Unless the world comes to an end Georgia the top-ranked team in college football will be playing for the SEC Championship and then the CFP.

The Tigers are no match for the Dawgs here yet in a bizarre twist a few polls have them making a lower-tier bowl. I would figure this to be a blowout for Georgia who will put up 50 points with a spread that sits at 38 points.

Liberty (7-1) at Ole Miss (6-2, 3-2) Noon

Kentucky and Ole Miss have been duking it out for the better record, standing, and bowl destination and it still remains unclear after both lost this past weekend.

Hugh Freeze returns to Oxford but as an opposing coach leading a high-powered Flames offense that will take on an Ole Miss defense that gives up tons of offensive yards. But Matt Corral will lead the high-powered Reble offense as well despite being banged up. There will be a lot of rushing yards in this game.

Ole Miss is a 9 point favorite with the over/under at 67 points.

Auburn (6-2, 3-1) at Texas A&M (6-2, 3-2) 3:30 pm

This game, along with Kentucky and Tennessee this will be the big games of the day.

Both teams are having a remarkable season and both stand in UK’s way of finishing 2nd or 3rd overall in the conference along with the bowl pecking order. Auburn is tied with Alabama atop the SEC West and plays the Tide on Thanksgiving weekend. They also have to play Mississippi State.

The Aggies still have to play Ole Miss and LSU. Should these two teams balance out the losses it bodes well for the Cats.

It will be the Auburn offense averaging over 452 yards of offense against the A&M defense that only allows 16 points a game. The Aggies are actually a 4.5 favorite.

Mississippi State (5-3, 3-2) at Arkansas (5-3, 1-3) 4 pm

If Arkansas can keep from turning it over and shooting themselves in the foot this will be an interesting game. The Hogs coughed it up just twice in the first five games but fumbled it away five times in the last three games.

Kentucky already knows what Mississippi State’s Will Rogers can do at quarterback and move it up and down the field. This could be quite the shootout and the home team is favored by 4.5 points. Big Blue fans need to be doing their best Woo Pig Sooie cheers while tailgating as the State loss would greatly help Kentucky.

LSU (4-4, 2-3) at Alabama (7-1, 4-1) 7 pm.

This game only has consequences if Alabama were to go down to a second defeat but that is unlikely. Putting Bama even with Kentucky in the loss column would only favor the Tide lovers and bowl selection committee members.

The insane point spread has Alabama a 28.5 favorite. In years past this would never be this far apart. The biggest talking point will be the weather with temps forecast to be in the 40s in Tuscaloosa.

LSU will play ok into the second quarter then all its injuries and lack of playmakers left will allow the Tide to roll over them.

Florida (4-4, 2-4) at South Carolina (4-4, 1-4) 7:30 pm.

Talk about two teams in an out-of-control spiral. South Carolina has an absolutely awful offense and a defense that has tried to carry the team and is now crumbling under the weight of the offensive demise.

Florida – well just two words Dan Mullen.

Every time he opens his mouth he inserts his foot with head-shaking bewildering comments. Whether begging fans to pack the Swamp during Covid or denying he was outcoached by Kentucky coach Mark Stoops, and whatever his recruiting ramblings and madness are this week about recruiting.

If South Carolina were to embarrass the Gators it promptly will be the end of Mullen if it already isn’t and signify just how bad the talent is in Gainsville.

The spread is Florida by 18 and the Gamecocks’ only SEC win was by one over Vanderbilt. Yuk.

At the end of the day

When all is said and Saturday is in the books will there be some separation of teams in this wild and crazy conference or will the packed and jumbled 2 and 3 loss teams continue to be a jumbled-up log jam.

Having a 3 loss SEC team play in any New Year’s Day Six game is a bit of a stretch but, we may still be having this kind of discussion heading into Week No. 11. Stay tuned.

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