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GAMEDAY: Kentucky Seeks Second Straight Win at The Swamp

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For the first time since Kentucky snapped a 31-game win streak at Florida, the Wildcats will travel to The Swamp to take on the sixth-ranked Gators, beginning at noon on ESPN.

In 2018 Kentucky dominated in the trenches, rushing for more than 300 yards and paving the way for three Terry Wilson touchdowns. The Kentucky quarterback totaled more than 250 yards of offense to lift the Wildcats to a 27-16 win, one that was unforgettable for more than one reason.

A win today would be exponentially more improbable than the last. The Gators have a Heisman Trophy front-running quarterback and three of the best pass-catchers in the SEC to lead the nation’s top-ranked passing offense. Florida averages 44.7 points per game, scoring no less than 38 in every game this season. Despite the circumstances, Kentucky’s defense remains confident.

“I feel like the biggest challenge to them is going to be facing me and my teammates. We’re ready to play and we’re ready to show them what we’re about and shake back from this loss we took last week,” Bossman Fat said earlier this week.

Kentucky’s defense can talk that talk. If they can’t walk the walk and get some help from the offense, it could be a long day in Gainesville.

Missing Wildcats

Last week Kentucky was without ten players. Today they will be without at least 18 players and ten staff members due to injuries and COVID-19 contact tracing. The bad news, Kentucky will be without their most efficient and reliable offensive weapon, Chris Rodriguez. The good news, Brad White’s leading tackler, linebacker Jamin Davis, will be back in the lineup. Kentucky will be short-handed, but as Mark Stoops said on Monday, they aren’t the only short-handed football team in the country. Today there’s no time for excuses.

Vegas, TV, Radio

The Kentucky Wildcats are 25.5-point underdogs at Florida. The total is set for 61. The Gators are 4-2 ATS in 2020, but failed to cover a 31.5-point spread in their last outing at Vanderbilt.

For the first time in 2020 the Wildcats will not play on the SEC Network. Mark Jones, Dusty Dvorachek and Marty Smith will have the call for ESPN, beginning at noon. If you can’t watch all of the action, you can hear the Voice of the Wildcats, Tom Leach, on a variety of platforms.

  • AM: 840 WHAS, 630 WLAP
  • FM: 98.1 WBUL
  • Satellite: XM-380 and Sirius-138
  • Online: iHeart Radio

Get Hyped

Prepare with the KSR Pregame Show

Turn to 630 WLAP on your radio dial or stream online with iHeart Radio beginning at 9 am ET to hear the KSR crew break down the Cats and the Gators for the next two hours. Need to change it up? We have a complete podcast lineup available to make sure you’re prepared for today’s game.

Today’s Uniforms

The Cats are busting out the winning combination from Knoxville — blue helmets with white jerseys and pants — today in Gainesville.

SEC

College Football on TV

It’s rivalry weekend for college football, kind of. COVID-19 forced schedule to change so we still have a few rivalries, like the Nick Saban-less Iron Bowl and the Egg Bowl, but it’s not the same as a typical college football post-Thanksgiving Saturday.

  • Noon: Maryland at #12 Indiana on EPSN2
  • Noon: Texas Tech at #23 Oklahoma State on Fox
  • Noon: Penn State at Michigan on ABC
  • 3:30: #22 Auburn at #1 Alabama
  • 3:30: Pitt at #3 Clemson on ABC
  • 3:30: #8 Northwestern at Michigan State on ESPN
  • 4:00: Miss. State at Ole Miss on SECN
  • 4:00: UofL at Boston College on ACCN
  • 4:00: San Jose State at Boise State on Fox
  • 7:00: LSU at #5 Texas A&M on ESPN
  • 7:30: #9 Georgia at South Carolina on SECN
  • 7:30: Utah at Washington on ABC
  • 8:00: Arizona at UCLA on Fox
  • 8:00: Virginia at Florida State on ACCN

KHSAA Playoff Scores

The second round of the playoffs ended in exciting fashion for a few teams. In Louisville, St. X trailed 6-3 on a 4th and 21 from the 35 yard-line with only 24.1 seconds to play. Giles Pooler delivered a dart into the back of the end zone to Michael Duddy to lift the Tigers to an improbable 10-6 victory over the Crimson.

What. A. Throw.

That wasn’t the only great game. LCA took down the defending 2A State Champs, Somerset, sweeping the season series 2-0 with a 42-35 win, while Southwestern defeated Pulaski County 35-14 in Kroger’s KSR Game of the Week. Other scores from around the state:

  • Hazard 21, Pikeville 12
  • Paintsville 28, Raceland 21
  • Frederick Douglass 39, Scott County 21
  • Murray 28, Mayfield 21
  • Madison Southern 23, Woodford County 21
  • Covington Catholic 38, Highlands 21
  • Dixie Heights 41, Ryle 36
  • Rowan County 18, Boyd County 6
  • Bell County 13, Rockcastle County 6
  • Bowling Green 41, South Warren 24
  • Bryan Station 58, Oldham County 29

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

5 Comments for GAMEDAY: Kentucky Seeks Second Straight Win at The Swamp



  1. CATandMONKEY
    8:57 am November 28, 2020 Permalink

    A shutout of the Gators would help the defense be forgiven for the Tuscaloosa debacle.

    No Rodriguez? This does not bode well for the Cats.

    Still…
    Go Cats!



  2. gasman01
    9:00 am November 28, 2020 Permalink

    This will get very ugly quick. Trask will try to outdo Jones…



    • 4everUKBlue
      11:23 am November 28, 2020 Permalink

      They’ll beat us by 100 if they can unless they realize how bad it makes them look with us having this many players out.



  3. zoupman
    10:09 am November 28, 2020 Permalink

    Game would have been called off if Fla had this many players out. SEC is corrupt. All about the money.



  4. Blue Bill
    1:23 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    Damn good half of football. Go cats.