I’m not going to insult you by talking about the Wildcats five keys to victory over Florida, or the best match ups to exploit against the Gators because, realistically, I don’t think we’re going to win this game. You can bash me for that if you want, but I don’t care. UK won’t win any of their next three games based on what we’ve seen so far this season, and there’s very little argument against that.
Instead of wistful game breakdowns and predictions, I’m going to settle for a more achievable victory. Win or lose, I just want the Wildcats defense to shut down Trey Burton. That’s all. Chris Rainey can blaze down the sideline, Jeff Demps can juke through our secondary and John Brantley can throw touchdown bombs in bunches, as long as Burton is held in check.
Consider last year’s final score of 48-14 in Florida’s favor. Seven touchdowns were scored (We blocked a PAT). Of those seven touchdowns, one was a Mike Hartline interception returned for a touchdown, the remaining six were all scored by Trey Burton. Trey Burton who was a freshman last season. Trey Burton who had amassed 22 yards of total offense in Florida’s first three games and found the end zone only twice. One touchdown came on a Brantley pass, the last five all came on runs, runs inside the ten yard line. He lined up in the Wildcat package, took the direct snap and our defense let him score more than Glen Rice at the Republican National Convention. In fact, Burton only ran the ball five times for 40 yards. Five times. Five touchdowns.
There’s a certain amount of pride lost when you allow a team to beat you 25 times in a row, which Florida will most likely achieve on Saturday, but there’s also a more taxing amount of pride forfeited when one man embarrasses an entire team. So if you’re looking for a moral victory this weekend, look no further than #8 on Florida’s sidelines.