While the outlook for today’s game couldn’t get much lower coming off a loss to Western, anything can happen in the world of sports. Despite being 3-0 the Gators haven’t looked like world beaters in any of their three games this year and may be looking ahead to a match-up with number 2 LSU next week. To start the year Florida hosted Bowling Green and only lead 17-13 at the end of the third quarter. Week 2 in College Station the Gators trailed 17-10 before a second half rally to win 20-17. Last week at Tennessee they found themselves again trailing at the half 14-10 but used a monster third quarter to put the game out of reach.
The point is, despite their record, Florida still may be in a down year. If the Cats are going to have a sh0t today in the Swamp the defense has to play the total opposite of the way they have played all year and make some plays. The Cats are going to have to get some stops on these guys:
After a small quarterback battle to begin the season it looks like Jeff Driskell has secured the starting job in Gainesville. Today, he should be public enemy number 1 for the Cats as he is the reigning offensive player of the week in the SEC. Last week the QB was 14-20 for 219 yards with two touchdowns. On top of that he added 81 yards on the ground to account for 300 of Florida’s 555 total yardage. The Cats have been giving up nearly 400 per game so if they are going to break that trend they will have to find some way to disrupt Jeff Driskell.
Move over Marcus Lattimore and make way for the SEC’s leading rusher. Through three games Mike has totaled 346 yards. In last years game the junior ran 6 times for 84 yards and a touchdown. However, that did include a 60 yard run. To this point in the year teams have been able to run all over the Cats. (Well they’ve been able to throw too but hey, who’s counting?) If Kentucky can’t make some rapid improvements to the run defense it is going to be an even longer day in Gainesville. Especially since they have the Wildcat killer Trey Burton.
Trey Burton is that one guy who always seems to save his best games for when Kentucky is on the schedule. Last time we were in the Swamp Burton was merely a freshman and was responsible for six scores. He scored five times on five carries and then threw for one more. Last year in Lexington he managed to run one in to push the score to 21-0 in the first quarter. Last week against UT he resumed his scoring ways with an 80 yard TD run and another score on the ground. He also added 38 yards receiving. The Cats can hopefully keep the bane of their football existence out of the endzone today.
If the Cats can hold those three guys in check they may have a prayer today in the Swamp. Unfortunately the Gators are a lot more than just those three guys, it’s going to be a long day…
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