Maybe not as much as we think. ESPN’s Chris Low doesn’t think it’s a whole lot, at least when it comes to his weekly SEC power rankings. He slots the Gators and Cats right next to one another in sixth and seventh, respectively, the second and third best teams in the East behind South Carolina. He makes it out to be a little more of an indictment on Florida’s performance thus far than an attaboy to the Cats, but even his breakdown makes it seem that Florida is as beatable this Saturday as they have been in years:
6. Florida: The Gators (3-0, 1-0) had the biggest drop this week in the power rankings simply because they haven’t played well enough offensively yet to beat a quality team. That’s not to say they won’t improve because they most assuredly will as junior quarterback John Brantley continues to settle into the job. But had they played any of the top SEC teams the past two weeks playing the way they are right now offensively, they’d be 1-1 at best and maybe even 0-2.
7. Kentucky: Here’s Kentucky’s chance to break into that upper echelon in the league. The Wildcats (3-0, 0-0) have beaten up on lightweights the past two weeks, but obviously have plenty of firepower offensively. They’re going to need all the firepower they can muster to budge Florida’s defense, which is a load. Kentucky has lost 23 in a row in this series. The last time they ventured to the Swamp, they lost by 58 points. This is Joker Phillips’ first shot at the Gators as head coach. We should have a better idea late Saturday night if this program is indeed ready to take that next step.
We get to dream, right? Of course we do.