30 games in a row the Wildcats have lost to Florida. Heading into this game many think Florida’s extensive run may come to an end, including myself. The opening spread was 4 points in Florida’s favor, but within a day it was bet down to 2.5 and now it’s back up to 3. Regardless of the spread, Kentucky was an underdog against South Carolina and look at how that turned out.
Kentucky’s offense has a big challenge coming up. Florida in their first two games their secondary has been amazing with 5 interceptions and 3 of those going for six. They will make you pay for bad throws. With Stephen Johnson being the guy throwing the ball I’m confident he will make the right decisions, with only one turnover in three games, Johnson has seemed to be in full demand. Our offensive line has to keep improving, we did a lot better last week and we still need to get better, protecting Johnson and opening holes for Benny will be key in this game. The Florida defense has struggled stopping the run and it is almost expected that Benny hits the 100 yard mark for a third straight game. If we can keep making improvements week-to-week we should be fine offensively.
Kentucky’s defense has been great, making crucial 4th down stops, stuffing the run, and getting to the QB. The one thing they’ve struggled with the most is defending the pass, which is odd considering our secondary was said to be our strength before the year started. UK can win this game if we stop the run or the pass, at least one needs stopped. Offensively, in two games Florida has been anything but impressive. With only two touchdowns offensively and one of those being a Hail Mary pass, Kentucky seems to be in great position to stop the Gator offense. Also, they have Freshman quarterback Feleipe Franks running the offense, this will be his first ever road test in his career. Florida hasn’t looked great in passing or running the ball and Kentucky’s defense should control the Gators offense from start to finish.
Both Florida and Kentucky have great kickers, meaning we can’t miss big time field goals, because Eddy Pineiro won’t miss them. Contain their returners and hit our field goals, no stupid mistakes.
Kentucky has a huge advantage if the crowd gets involved. 61,000-plus people packing Kroger Field and the majority of them cheering for the Cats. If we can be loud and get involved as a fan base, our players will be able to feed off of that electricity. Not much has to be said about revenge, we’ve lost 30 years in a row and last year’s terrible showing hurts a lot, hopefully our guys can use that as fuel to the fire.
Kentucky 16 Florida 13
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