Tape It Up: Kentucky: A Little Luck

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Kentucky: A Little Luck

It's been a rough couple of weeks for No. 22 Kentucky. A triple-overtime win over LSU put the Wildcats on top of the world, but back-to-back losses to Florida and Mississippi State - the latter of which head coach Rich Brooks described as an "all-systems failure" - slammed the team back down to earth. After last week's win over Vanderbilt, the Wildcats still have a lot to prove about just who they are as a team, and this wekeend's test at Georgia will go a long way towards revealing their true character. Luckily for Kentucky, running back Rafael LIttle should be ready to play by Saturday, which means the Wildcats can play their game against the No. 8 Bulldogs.

Little suffered a back injury during last week's win over Vanderbilt, but only after rushing for 70 yards and catching four balls for 49 yards in the first half. Little, a back whose stature fits his name at 5-foot-10, 195 pounds, has had a fabulous season. Even only playing in seven of the team's 10 games (he missed three with an injured thigh prior to last week's matchup with Vandy), he leads the team in rushing with 752 yards, averaging more than 100 per game. He also has 18 receptions for 164 yards and has returned 13 punts on the year. He has scored 3 rushing TDs on the season, but his presence on the field is integral to the Wildcats' ability to successfully run their offense.

Kentucky has not beaten Georgia in Athens since 1977, and this would certainly be the year for the Wildcats to do it, as Georgia has won four straight games and is looking to remain a strong runner in the SEC East race. Kentucky defeated the Bulldogs last year in Lexington, and they have a much better shot of repeating that performence in Athens with a healthy Little on the field.

If Kentucky pulls this one out, it will mark the first time in program history that the Wildcats have beaten three top-10 teams in a single season. Hopefully, all they need is a Little luck.

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