Georgia Staying Focused on Kentucky

The Georgia Bulldogs, the 11th ranked team in the newly released BCS standings, have found new life in the hunt for a chance to make it to the SEC Championship game with South Carolina’s loss to LSU this past Saturday.

The Bulldogs aren’t looking ahead though as tight end Arthur Lynch says they are focused on the next game even know they feel lucky to still have a shot at the SEC East.

“It’s a relief, but it doesn’t substitute for the fact that we didn’t play the game we wanted to play against South Carolina,” Lynch said. “They beat us straight-up, and there’s still work we need to do, and that’s why we’ve been focusing on Kentucky.”

Mark Richt’s team is coming off a bye week and his team was more energized in practice on Monday with the South Carolina loss which dropped the SEC standings into a dead heat.

We all know Kentucky players that have been lost to injury, but Georgia had a notable player that did not practice yesterday. Joker Phillips said yesterday he was maybe the best defensive player in the conference, outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, was out due to a sprained ankle.

Kentucky could use any help they can get, considering they have the toughest schedule in the country, according to the computer rankings used by the BCS.

Kentucky has played the nation’s toughest schedule according to Anderson and Hester, Colley Matrix and Massey ratings. The Sagarin Ratings have UK at No. 5 in strength of schedule. (The Billingsley and Wolfe ratings do not display a strength of schedule.)

The seven teams that have played Kentucky have a combined record of 37-7, with three of the opponents still undefeated and three having only one loss.

UK will play its fifth ranked opponent of the season Sunday when the Wildcats play host to the Georgia Bulldogs. This is only the second time in school history that UK has played five ranked opponents in the first eight games.

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