Let’s talk about Kentucky’s strategy for a minute.

This is a very good point and something I wondered about off and on throughout the game.

UK’s passing attack looked really disjointed on occasion, which is no surprise given the circumstances.  Georgia got more aggressive with its blitzes as the game went on, so I figured the ‘Cats would counter with easier stuff for Bowden to handle and blunt some of the pressure.  That never really came.

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24 responses to “Let’s talk about Kentucky’s strategy for a minute.

  1. practicaldawg

    It was such a weird night. It felt like Kentucky fielded a team out of obligation and did the the bare minimum required to appear like they were interested in playing. Stoops seem to just stand stoically with his arms crossed the whole night.

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    • Bulldog Joe

      Bowden had nearly 100 yards rushing and Kentucky ran more plays in plus territory than Georgia did. Going into the game, it was a sound strategy as Georgia was turnover-prone and appeared to want to shorten the game on Kentucky’s behalf. Kentucky’s defense was stout in the middle and the DBs were good at jamming receivers at the line. They appeared to be well on their way to following South Carolina’s path to victory.

      But Kentucky took a lot of penalties when they got close and they had difficulty getting lined up in key situations with their 3rd string quarterback. The defense lost two key players and couldn’t force turnovers.

      Ballgame.

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  2. Olddawg55

    Stoops had his #1 QB out of the game, an experiment in his place. No passing game and he knew it. A less talented team. Smart on the other hand, has one of the most talented teams in the nation on paper. We complained about Richt not utilizing his player to their fullest. Smart is losing the confidence of his fandom with the poor offensive tactics employed. Perception is a major part of the fans expectation. Smart unlike Trump cannot just ignore the fans’ expectations.

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  3. Spike

    Maybe its just me but, I’ll take a shut out win anytime. Yea, it was ugly offensively for most of the game, but I give kudos to the defense! Let’s pray they stay this salty the rest of the season, because the way the offense is playing we are really going to need them.

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  4. Yes, I’ve bitched about our offense but last night felt like two teams doing as little as possible, hoping the other guy would turn it over. This was another game where our offensive gameplan allowed the other team to hang around. We also trusted our defense so it didn’t really matter in the realm of that one game.

    As far as the Kentucky point- imo, rpo and other things Kentucky typically run are more prone to turnovers with a wet ball. Maybe that hurt Kentucky but that’s my thought and, really, I don’t think anything they could have done would have mattered. On a dry field I think it could have been 42-0, even with our offensive struggles. Their talent is a WR playing QB while the “#2” QB sat on the bench. The rest of their offense is average at best. I think they also saw film of us getting beat deep a couple times and took some shots. For a while I thought one TD could make the difference. They had us one on one on a couple of those. I think they took more deep shots than we did, which kinda surprised me.

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  5. The weather last night frustrated me because it gave us an excuse to just try to get through that game clean and not really get better or open things up. In the realm of that game in that weather, I thought it went about as well as expected.

    Sure, Florida and USC lit up the scoreboard in the rain but their conditions weren’t as bad as ours at times. Last night reminded me of the Arizona State game.

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    • CWMashburn

      Did we win the game. Oh yes we did, but not pretty. All you Uncle Lou’s out there should take up coaching and apply for a job with Coach Smart.Every one of you would fold like a suitcase. Go Dogs and Jake, you have won a helluva lot more games than Old Uncle Lou and his crowd, just keep on playing your game.

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  6. Bill Glennon

    I kept thinking as I was watching that Eddie Gran (OC for UK) was reportedly the other OC candidate Kirby offered the job to before Coley.

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  7. They actually hurt us with the QB dropping back, almost baiting, and then running. He had 2 or 3 straight first downs, on first down, while scrambling after dropping back. Then Kirby and Lanning adjusted and shut everything down.

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    • Bulldog Joe

      Looks like Georgia deployed J. R. Reed to spy the quarterback in the second half. Reed did a great job and forced the only turnover of the game.

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      • Definitely. As concerned as I am about the offense, Smart and his DCs seem to do about as good a job as one could on their side of the ball. Kirby has even said adjustments are kinda overblown but time and time again they motivate and or make whatever adjustments they can to limit or even shut down whatever is hurting us.

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  8. more spinners

    At the 6:31 mark of the 3rd quarter, with the Dawgs on the Cats 42, you could hear D. Swift holler out to some booing geek in the stands, “get your sorry ass up to the Chapel and start ringing that damn bell…that is right boy I am talking to you!
    And the defense hollers out to the fans saying, “how many damn yards of passing do the big blue cats have…that right not one damn yard!”

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  9. more spinners

    What will the SEC and the SEC officials say about the officiating in the Florida vs South Carolina game and the Bama vs Tennessee game.
    Some officials need to be suspended or fined.
    Vols perched inside the Bama 5 about to tie the game, and out of the freaking damn blue some official stops play.
    Yeah another round of officiating to protect certain teams!
    Kentucky is very good at holding on the edges. So does Florida, and they like to play with their hands all over opposing wideouts starting at the LOS.

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    • I feel fairly confident that they won’t pull a Bama/UT or Florida/USC in our game since Florida and Georgia are about the same at this point. Records, rankings and the winner will likely win the East. I’m not much on sports conspiracies but I’m now convinced that SEC officiating is gonna favor it’s top teams to try and ensure compelling matchups, especially for late season. More compelling matchups can lead to more viewers and more money.

      I don’t at all think SEC officiating is bad. I think they know exactly what they’re doing. They couldn’t even help us from embarrassing ourselves and the conference against USC. So much is about narratives now and that loss has been used to death.

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      • Mayor

        Very cogent post about the officiating. The motive is bowl money for the conference. The SEC will not allow Bama to lose no matter what because the SEC wants that playoff money. Likewise with LSU (except when they play Bama) Auburn and FU. I make no comment about the refs and Georgia because inexplicably it seems the conference doesn’t help the Dawgs. Somebody has a grudge against the Dawgs. Maybe it is as simple as they don’t want the Dawgs to ever derail Bama as the conference’s lead program. But if you watch a lot of SEC games you’ll see it.

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    • roterhalsdawg

      The no calls in the cocks-gayturds game were horrible. I guess the SEC Network is toeing the company line because they mentioned, but didn’t show, the flagrant non called penalties by FU that resulted in 2 TDs on their wrap up show. And I think the only reason they even mentioned it was because Boom said the refs were gutless.

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      • Mayor

        The FU players know they are not going to get called. Why else would some DB even try to hold a receivers jersey running all the way down the field in front of 90000 witnesses? They KNOW in advance they are not getting flagged for it.

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    • Bulldog Joe

      Those rag-arm South Carolina fans need to work on their trash throwing skills.

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    • Bright Idea

      When Hubert Owens is the white hat you can bet on a bastardized game. I bet we will see him in Jax.

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      • Mayor

        Yep. Owens is a crook. The SEC sends Owens when they want to be sure the game is fixed. He has no shame at all. Before him it was Matt Whatshisname who’s on TV as an “expert” now.

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  10. Mayor

    Talk strategy? About football? There is no strategy in football! There is only overpowering your opponent repeatedly until he gives up!

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