After a successful offensive showing last week against Charleston Southern, the Gators look to extend their great play against the Kentucky Wildcats.
Florida looks to extended the nations longest rivalry streak to 32 straight wins against Kentucky. In years past the games have been close, but Kentucky never finds a way to pull off the win. Last year it was extremely close, Kentucky gave up two uncovered touchdowns to Florida during the game. Most importantly the go-ahead score last year, as former QB Luke Del Rio found Junior WR Freddie Swain uncovered in the back of the end zone to seal the victory. This year it’s a new chapter, Dan Mullen looks to continue to streak. During his time at Mississippi State, he was 8-1 against the Wildcats.
Offensive X-Factor: RB group.
Last week the Gators didn’t get to establish a consistent run game against a weaker FCS opponent. Now it could be alarming that the offensive line didn’t create running gaps for the backs, however, the offensive line will take time to gel in this new system. The running backs came into the season as one of the strongest units on the team, so it’s important they show up today. Jordan Scarlett is still shaking the rust off his one-year suspension, and Malik Davis is getting his groove back from his ACL tear so there’s no need to panic. However, it’ll be great to see this unit perform at a high level during the game.
Defensive X-Factor: Defensive Line.
Today the Gators are facing one of the best running backs in the SEC in Benny Snell Jr. Stuffing the run will be key this game as the Wildcats look to be run heavy. Last week Sophomore DT Tedarrell Slaton had a big game, his presence and others on the defensive line will need to be felt for Snell to have a bad game. The defensive line will also need to bring pressure and create sacks whenever Kentucky decides to throw. Last week the defense only got 3 sacks. Although, 2 came from DB Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and LB Ventrell Miller neither player plays on the defensive line. Overall I expect the defensive line to have a great game.
Key stat: It’s arguably the biggest stat of all college football. The Gators have beaten the Wildcats for 31 straight years, the team looks to continue the streak to 32.
Prediction: Florida 40, Kentucky 10.
The Gators will extend the streak to 32. Florida has too much athleticism and speed for Kentucky on both sides of the ball. The swamp will be rocking and the Gators will be hype. The Gators get out to a big league and never look back.
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