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By The Associated Press
No. 13 Georgia (5-1, 3-1, SEC) at Kentucky (1-6, 0-4), 7 p.m. (FSN)
Line: Georgia by 27.
Series Record: Georgia leads 51-12-2.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
With next week’s rivalry game in Jacksonville against East-leading Florida, Georgia needs to stay in contention and rebound from a 35-7 loss at South Carolina on Oct. 6. Kentucky just wants to halt a five-game losing streak and earn its first victory against Georgia since 2009.
Georgia QB Aaron Murray vs. Kentucky’s secondary. Held to just 109 yards on 11-of-31 passing by South Carolina, the junior figures to regroup against an injury-riddled unit that could start three freshmen.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Georgia: Freshman RB Todd Gurley has rushed for 575 yards and nine TDs to lead the SEC in scoring (60 points) and all-purpose yards per game (138.2).
Kentucky: P Landon Foster has been kept busy by a sputtering offense but the freshman has delivered, ranking sixth in the SEC at 42.9 yards per punt. He averaged 48.4 yards on eight kicks in last week’s loss at Arkansas.
FACTS & FIGURES
Georgia is 13-4 following a bye under coach Mark Richt. … The Bulldogs are on pace for a school scoring record at 41.3 points per game. They averaged 37.2 during a 10-game season in 1946 and 32.1 while going 13-1 in 2002 … The Bulldogs have scored 19 TDs on 23 chances inside the 20 to lead the SEC at 83 percent. … Kentucky and Georgia rank in the top six nationally in playing freshmen. Wildcats are fifth with 14 used. The Bulldogs (13) are tied for sixth. … Kentucky has the nation’s toughest schedule according to the Anderson and Hester, Colley Matrix and Massey ratings. The Wildcats’ seven previous opponents are a combined 37-7, with three unbeaten and three having only one loss.