No. 1 Georgia (10-0, 7-0) in Kentucky (6-4, 3-4)
2:30 p.m. CST Saturday (CBS)
Kroger Field in Lexington, Kentucky
1 The nation’s player has a kickoff return of at least 90 yards and another of at least 80 yards in 2022 – Kentucky WR Barion Brown. The freshman had a 100-yard kickoff return for a TD in a 37-13 win over Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 3 and an 85-yard kickoff return in a 22-19 loss to Ole Miss on Sept October 1. Brown has averaged 30.7 yards on 13 kickoff returns this season.
3 Wins in 18 games against the No. 1 team in the AP poll for Kentucky, which lost to No. 1 Georgia 30-13 last season. The Wildcats won their first meeting with the No. 1 team, defeating Oklahoma 13-7 in the Sugar Bowl on January 1, 1951. Kentucky also beat No. 1 Ole Miss by 27:21 in 1964 and No. 1 LSU by 43:37 in triple overtime in 2007.
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3 Plays from scrimmage with Georgia TE Brock Bowers have gained at least 70 yards, tied with Louisiana-Monroe WR Tyrone Howell for the most in the nation this season. Bowers had a 78-yard TD run in a 48-7 win over South Carolina on September 17, a 75-yard TD run in a 39-22 win over Kent State on September 24, and a 73 -Yard TD pass in a 42-20 win over Florida on October 30. Kentucky’s defense has not allowed a 70-yard play this season.
5 SEC teams have won games this season by failing to reach 275 yards in total offense. Kentucky is the only program to do so twice in 2022, beating Florida on Sept. 10 with 272 yards and Missouri on Nov. 5 with 252 yards.
7 Players have passed at least 200 yards in 10 games this season, including Georgia QB Stetson Bennett. The others are UTSA’s Frank Harris, North Carolina’s Drake Maye, Washington’s Michael Penix Jr., Western Kentucky’s Austin Reed, Mississippi State’s Will Rogers and Houston’s Clayton Tune. Stetson has passed at least 200 yards in 14 straight games. Kentucky has allowed three 200-yard passes in 10 games this season — Rogers, Ole Miss QB Jaxson Dart and Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker.
7 Sacks were registered against Georgia, the fewest with the SEC. Kentucky quarterbacks have been sacked 39 times, the most in the SEC. Georgia’s defense has recorded 17 sacks and Kentucky’s has 15 in 2022.
9 Previous appearances in the SEC championship game for Georgia returning to the title game for the tenth time as the Eastern Division representative on December 3 in Atlanta. Georgia defeated Arkansas 30-3 in 2002, LSU 34-14 in 2005 and Auburn 28-7 in 2017, losing to LSU 34-13 in 2003, LSU 42-10 in 2011, Alabama 32-28 in the year 2012, Alabama 35-28 in 2018, LSU 37-10 in 2019 and Alabama 41-24 in 2021. Georgia will play LSU in this season’s championship game.
9 Points were scored in the first quarter against Georgia this season. While the 2022 opponent only had three field goals in the opening stages, the Bulldogs have 95 points. Kentucky was outplayed 55-39 in the first quarter of this season, their only period by a deficit.
12 Back-to-back wins for Georgia over Kentucky to increase the Bulldogs’ lead in the series to 61-12-2. The Wildcats’ last win against Georgia came in 2009, 34-27. The current winning streak is the longest in the series. The Bulldogs are 28-3 against the Wildcats when ranked. Kentucky’s last win over a top-flight Georgia team came in 1988 when the Wildcats defeated the No. 11 Bulldogs 16-10. The teams have met annually since 1956.
18 Consecutive conference season games were won by Georgia. The Bulldogs had an extended winning streak in the SEC game. A 23-game streak in the 1980, 1981, 1982, and 1983 seasons ended on November 12, 1983 in a 13–7 loss to Auburn. Georgia has the eighth conference winning streak in SEC history, reaching 18 games. The record is a 26-game SEC streak that Alabama scored in the 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, and 1980 seasons.
19 100-yard rushing games for Kentucky RB Christopher Rodriguez Jr., tied for the school record set by Benny Snell Jr. in the 2016, 2017 and 2018 seasons. Rodriguez has rushed for at least 112 yards in four of Kentucky’s last five games.
24 Consecutive games have featured at least 20 points for Georgia, the longest such streak in school history. Since defeating Georgia Clemson 10-3 to open the 2021 season, the Bulldogs have not gone below 24 points in a game. The SEC record for consecutive games with at least 20 points is Alabama’s 40, a streak that ended in the Crimson Tide’s 18:33 loss to Georgia in the CFP national championship game on January 10, 2022. Georgia’s current series is the ninth. longest with at least 20 points in SEC history. On SEC streaks of 24 or more points, Georgia is second-longest, with Alabama at No. 1 on a 34-game streak.
25 Consecutive regular-season games have been won by Georgia, making it the fourth-longest streak in SEC history. The Bulldogs have not lost in the regular season since the 44-28 setback to Florida on Nov. 7, 2020. The longest regular-season winning streak in SEC history lasted 33 games, which Tennessee achieved between a 13-7 loss to Vanderbilt on November 13, 1937 and a 19-0 loss to Duke on October 4, 1941.
35 Back-to-back games with a reception for Kentucky WR Tayvion Robinson, who has 124 catches for 1,758 yards and 11 TDs during the streak. The first 26 games of the series took place while Robinson played for Virginia Tech.
269.8 Yards per game allowed by the Georgia defense this season, the best average in the SEC. The Kentucky offense has averaged 339.5 yards per game, the worst number in the SEC.
354 games have been played by Georgia since it was last ruled out, the second-longest scoring streak in SEC history and the sixth-longest in major collegiate football history. The Bulldogs have not been faded out since the 31-0 loss to Alabama on September 30, 1995.
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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.