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Game Preview: Kentucky Wildcats vs. Florida Gators

Kentucky heads to Gainesville hoping to get their season back on track. The Wildcats did not anticipate going into their fourth game, after three non-conference games, with a losing record. A perfect record would have been ideal, but a 2-1 record was, at least, expected. After a heart-breaking, overtime loss to Western Kentucky, the Wildcats are in desperation mode as they venture into the SEC portion of their schedule. The bad news is they face a Florida team they haven’t beaten in 26 years. If Kentucky is able to take down the long streak, it would not only re-energize the team, but also, a seemingly “lost” fan base. It’s very hard to find positives in an 1-2 record, but there are some for the Wildcats. First, they lead the SEC in passing offense, and are 13th overall in the country. Those statistics say a lot about the development of QB Maxwell Smith, and the type of player he could develop into. On the flip side, Florida ranks bottom five in SEC passing defense.

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How Kentucky wins:  – Control the clockIf Kentucky is able to get a lead early in the game, it will force the Gators out of their comfort state of running the football. Florida leads the SEC in time of possession, by a large margin, because they control the game on the ground. The Wildcats would need to put the game on the arm of QB Jeff Driskel, who only has 52 attempts in his first three games.

-Win the turnover battle. Florida has not thrown an interception this season, largely because they keep the ball out of the air. They will, however, fumble it. The Gators have fumbled the football four times this season, but have only lost one of them. The Wildcats have to take advantage of turnover opportunities if they expect to beat a good team like the Gators.

-Stop the run. Florida’s offensive identity is to rush the football and, as we’ve seen in the first three games, Kentucky has a problem stopping it. Throughout the week, both coaches and players think the rush defense will be better going forward. It’s time to prove it on Saturday. Florida averages almost 240 yards/game on the ground, and are licking their chops to get to the struggling Wildcats. It’s got to be stopped, or this game will be over fast.

 

How Florida wins:  The deficiencies Kentucky has shown in run defense cannot be corrected in one week. Florida knows that, and will continue to exploit the Wildcats from their opening offensive snap. If Kentucky’s offense flutters early, it could get ugly… fast.

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Prediction: It’s as simple as this. If Kentucky stops the run, they’ll have a chance. If not, it’ll be a long afternoon. They haven’t shown they can stop it against teams less talented than the Gators, so why should I believe things will be different? Florida 45, Kentucky 20

Article written by Rashawn Franklin

23 Comments for Game Preview: Kentucky Wildcats vs. Florida Gators



  1. sc
    8:03 pm September 21, 2012 Permalink

    if this group stops the run? are you kidding me



  2. BigBlueFever
    8:15 pm September 21, 2012 Permalink

    “How Kentucky wins”….Ha Ha Ha…Good one…Ha Ha Ha!!!!!



  3. SexnNursinHomes
    8:20 pm September 21, 2012 Permalink

    I seriously wish I came out that old woman’s vagina. Mom.

    Cats 41

    uf 15



  4. UK
    8:22 pm September 21, 2012 Permalink

    If UK wins, it will have to be a shootout. UK’s defense is not good enough to stop Florida often (if at all). With the way Florida runs the football, UK’s offense will not see the field much and time of possession will be staggering in Florida’s favor, which will likely make the game not even close.

    We must stop the run and defense, and somehow hold them under 30 points. Our offense will need to be on key with the short passing game to counter the lack of running game we will have against Florida.

    Holding out hope we somehow get an early lead, cause a turnover or two, and force them to pass. But likely all for not; 45-20 Florida.



  5. UK Snuggie
    8:36 pm September 21, 2012 Permalink

    UK scoring 20? Are you high? No way! Florida 55 – UK 7, it’s going to be a slaughter.



  6. Shawon
    8:48 pm September 21, 2012 Permalink

    Trey Burton, Jeff Driskel and that Gillispie guy will be way more than UK’s defense can handle.

    That said, somebody else will likely step up and be the SEC Offensive Player of the Week for Florida.

    I say UF 52, UK 14.



  7. Some Guy in Kentucky
    8:49 pm September 21, 2012 Permalink

    Dish network will show the game on channel 410 (ALTUD channel). You probably need the sports package to get it unless you are in Denver.



  8. Dane Brammage
    8:52 pm September 21, 2012 Permalink

    That photo of Grandma’s attitudinal moment is:

    1. Classic
    2. Needed
    3. Priceless

    Thanks!



  9. bigbluecats
    8:53 pm September 21, 2012 Permalink

    May I please have some of the shit you all are smoking. All UF has to do to win is friggin show up. And all of Floridas wide outs, running backs and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd strings QB’s will be on the Heisman Trophy watch list by the end of the night. Do any of you really believe any crap the coaches feed you every week about the defense improving. WESTERN FRICKEN KENTUCKY PUT 32 on us with a mostly running game. I would rather it be 30 degrees below and camping out for Big Blue Madness tickets than watch this game.
    4- if we hold them under 30 pts….really….they will have that by halftime.
    I LOVE UK athletics but our football program has become so hopeless that even though in years past I had a feeling we would lose many games per year, I would still watch or listen on the radio. But now I cant even bring myself to check my phone for score updates and Im pretty sure thats how many UK fans feel now



  10. blade
    8:56 pm September 21, 2012 Permalink

    don’t need that picture. how sad to run this.



  11. CartersvilleAlex
    8:57 pm September 21, 2012 Permalink

    Ok, so if Joker gets canned, I think we should persue the UL-Monroe coach. Just sayin!



  12. dano
    9:11 pm September 21, 2012 Permalink

    FL-45. UK- 17. We will make their entire offense look like Heisman contenders. 38-3 when we play their dance team.



  13. mashburnfan1
    9:15 pm September 21, 2012 Permalink

    If our Oline can protect I do think we could score 20 to 27 points. If not we may get 3 or 7 points. Either way the defense will give up 40 plus and we lose.



  14. Joe
    9:19 pm September 21, 2012 Permalink

    How Kentucky wins? Only if Florida forfeits. Florida wins 52-17.



  15. Hal
    9:21 pm September 21, 2012 Permalink

    59-13.
    if UF let me call the Off. plays for a half it’d only be 45-13.



  16. catdog
    9:31 pm September 21, 2012 Permalink

    I bet Morgan Newton starts and plays alot tomorrow.
    We will conserve and not play some of our beat up starters.
    We will be lucky to score a touchdown.



  17. BlueD
    9:43 pm September 21, 2012 Permalink

    10- Your mom sure is a sassy one!



  18. Bulldawg
    10:51 pm September 21, 2012 Permalink

    UK 3 Florida 55. Like so many games against UF, this game will be embarrassing and any children under 13 should not be permitted to watch. UF will let up in the fourth or they would score 70. In short, I would be really impressed if the Cats can just keep this one respectable. wku dominated time of possesion against the Cats. What do you think SEC leading UF will do in that area? Maybe UK could score but they will never be able to establish a rythem. The only chance they would have to get some offensive flow going is to let UF run the kickoffs back. I know, I am being negative. But in all fairness I was positive before the season. I knew their would be plenty of time to be negative when the season started.



  19. DT from georgetown
    12:17 am September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Seems we are always on regular TV against the big boys getting our teeth kicked in,then when playing somebody we have should have a chance to win against it’s on some oddball channel.Bet that helps recruiting.Just sayin.



  20. Seriously
    12:36 am September 22, 2012 Permalink

    It will be 35-0 at the half. 62-3 final. Pease won’t let the pedal off the floor and UFs D will make a statement too. The spread should be 42, minimum. I’ve lost all faith in this STAFF, not the PLAYERS! They play hard, but their not being put in a position to win.
    4th and 2-joke picks the’throw a screen 2 yards behind the line of scrimmage’ with no blockers and no one making a move for a 1st down. ‘Randall Cobb is in GB, not a UK uni.’
    CAN’T stop anyone on 3rd down. I bet teams are 75-80% on 4th down conversions.
    They’re just pathetic coaches….period.
    Great people aren’t always great coaches!!

    #BobbyPtoUK!



  21. bluristhurr
    12:49 am September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Granny got a 5th of Canadas greatest whiskey Crown Royal must of been her birthday or a party for her big move to the mantel above the fire palce.



  22. Jackson Purchase
    12:58 am September 22, 2012 Permalink

    Florida still has Trey Burton he is good for at least 5 TDs tomorrow.



  23. Screw Tubby
    1:21 am September 22, 2012 Permalink

    #4 and #13 You guys must have seen a different UK team then the rest of us or are just hopelessly blinded by total child like optimism. This very well could be ugly half way through the first quarter. I bet you both think Joker should fire Minter and get 1 more year. Face reality Joker just isn’t a head coach he IS the reason we haven’t continued the turn around Brooks started. Jokers got to go. UK is so far behind that the next coach will probably get fired before he can get back to we’re Brooks had us. It looks like a total 5-7 year rebuild agian.