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5 Greatest Georgia vs. Kentucky College Football Games of All Time

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Georgia holds a commanding 60-12-2 lead in its series against SEC East rival Kentucky

For the first time in college football history, the Georgia/Kentucky matchup will be the biggest game of the week. While the top-ranked Bulldogs are currently 23.5-point favorites over the 11th-ranked Wildcats, this is still the most anticipated game in the history of the series.

The two programs first met in 1939 and have played 74 times, with Georgia holding a 60-12-2 lead. Here are the five greatest in that series.

5. Georgia 17, Kentucky 13

Oct. 22, 1960  Lexington, Ky.

Georgia quarterback Fran Tarkenton hit halfback Bill McKenney with two touchdown passes to take a 17-7 third-quarter lead. In the fourth, Kentucky quarterback Jerry Woolum threw a pass to Dave Gash behind the line of scrimmage, and he broke two tackles on his way to a 65-yard touchdown. However, the two-point conversion attempt failed. The Wildcats drove deep into Bulldog territory late in the game, but Georgia linebacker Pat Dye tackled Calvin Bird on the 19-yard line on the game's final play.

4. Georgia 27, Kentucky 24

Nov. 5, 2016  Lexington, Ky.

First-year head coach Kirby Smart found his Bulldogs down 21-13 six minutes into the third quarter, but Georgia quickly closed that lead with a 49-yard field goal by Rodrigo Blankenship. In the fourth quarter, Sony Michel scored on a 26-yard touchdown run, and Jacob Eason hit Isaac Nauta for the two-point conversion to put the Bulldogs up 24-21. Kentucky responded with a 25-yard Austin MacGinnis field goal to tie the game with less than three minutes to go, and Georgia promptly drove 67 yards down the field. Blankenship booted his own 25-yarder to win the game as time expired.

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3. Kentucky 34, Georgia 27

Nov. 21, 2009 — Athens, Ga.

Georgia held a commanding 27-13 lead midway through the third quarter when Kentucky's high-powered offense kicked into gear, scoring three touchdowns in less than 10 minutes. Tied 27-27 early in the fourth quarter, Wildcat defensive tackle Shane McCord intercepted Bulldog quarterback Joe Cox's pass and returned it to the Georgia eight-yard line. Kentucky then punched it in the end zone three plays with a Randall Cobb run to take the lead. The Wildcats held on to win their first game in Athens in 32 years thanks in part to two more Bulldog turnovers.

2. Georgia 17, Kentucky 14

Oct. 24, 1987  Athens, Ga.

The Wildcats jumped out to a 14-0 first-quarter lead and then blew it thanks to penalties and turnovers in key situations. Meanwhile, Georgia methodically worked its way back and held Kentucky to only 33 yards of offense in the second half. The Bulldogs took the lead in the fourth quarter on a five-yard run touchdown run by Lars Tate with a little over a minute to go. Georgia head coach Vince Dooley had angioplasty surgery four days earlier and said after the game, “Today was a great testimony for angioplasty.”

1. Kentucky 26, Georgia 24

Oct. 27, 1990  Lexington, Ky.

Even though both teams were in the midst of 4-7 seasons, they played the best game in the series. Tied 10-10 at the half, Kentucky scored in the third quarter on a 12-yard touchdown run by fullback Al Baker, but Doug Pelfrey's extra point attempt was batted away. Then Andre Hastings broke five tackles as he returned the ensuing kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown to give Georgia a 17-16 lead. Baker scored again on a one-yard touchdown run with 4:31 remaining in the third quarter to give Kentucky a 23-16 advantage. The Bulldogs retook the lead when cornerback Chuck Carswell fielded a punt return, broke a tackle, and raced 69 yards down the sideline for the score with six minutes left in the game. The Wildcats' final chance to win started on their own 20-yard line with 2:29 remaining, and they moved the ball to the Georgia 14-yard line, where Pelfrey booted the game-winner with seven seconds left on the clock.

— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports' Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.