We are now less than two weeks away from Florida making the trip to Kroger Field for both the Gators’ and Kentucky’s 2019 SEC opener. Barring a shocking loss to UT Martin this coming weekend, Florida will come to Lexington as a fringe top-5 team. This game does have an outside shot of College Gameday making a return to Lexington.
Unless something crazy happens, the Cats will more than likely be unranked at the time, but the storyline should write itself for the GameDay producers. A Kentucky team, coming off a 10 win season that saw their first victory over Florida in over three decades, gets the chance to win back-to-back against the Gators, while Florida will try to avenge the loss from a year ago.
The last time that the College GameDay crew came to Lexington was 2007 when Tim Tebow brought his Florida team to Commonwealth Stadium. At the time, Kentucky was ranked No. 7 in the nation, however, the No. 15 Gators left Lexington with a 45-37 win and the GameDay crew has really never had another game to truly consider… until next week.
Sure, last year’s Georgia game had a chance, but going up against a top-5 matchup between LSU and Alabama game was a tall task to overcome. This year, the other options aren’t quite as strong.
The only top-25 matchup, and the probable favorite, is Clemson traveling to play a currently-ranked Syracuse team. The Orange will travel to Maryland this coming weekend and a loss there would take a lot of the excitement away from the game against the Tigers.
If that does happen, the GameDay crew coming to Lexington gets more of a chance. The other possibilities could be Stanford at UCF – but a trip to Orlando happened last year – or Oklahoma at UCLA, but the Bruins just lost to Cincinnati.
Even with me trying to throw my bias out the window, a Syracuse loss to Maryland just makes the Florida-Kentucky game an obvious choice to get the spotlight from the show.
If it doesn’t happen and the producers from GameDay chose to go to Syracuse, Kentucky becomes a shoo-in for Paul Finebaum and the SEC Nation crew to return to Lexington. Nothing against those guys, but I think it’s time for Lee Corso to put on the Kentucky headgear and pick the Cats!