Oct 27, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Jake Fromm (11) calls a play against the Florida Gators during the first half at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Coming off their big win in Jacksonville, PFF’s No. 4 Georgia Bulldogs get the chance to lock up their second straight SEC East crown Saturday in Lexington in what is quite possibly the biggest game on Kentucky’s home turf in their school’s history. As only we at Pro Football Focus can, let’s examine the matchup that will determine the East’s representative in Atlanta on December 1st.
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Can Georgia handle Kentucky’s edge defender extraordinaire Josh Allen?
Last week against Florida’s strong edge rush, the Georgia offensive only allowed five total QB pressures. Well, they’ll see a whole other level this week in Kentucky’s Josh Allen. Allen is the highest-graded edge defender (92.8), has the highest pass-rush grade (94.3), and our Steve Palazzolo had him as the 18th pick in PFF’s second mock draft. Allen has 41 total QB pressures, including 10 sacks, on only 178 pass rush snaps – meaning he also has the FBS’s highest pass-rush productivity (15.2). The FBS leader in QB pressures, Florida State’s Brian Burns (86.8) with 51, has achieved that number on 315 pass-rush snaps. The reason Allen only has that number of pass rush snaps is not that they only bring him in to rush, it’s because he’s also dropped into coverage on 101 snaps.