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The game you’ve been waiting for all year is finally here.

Florida. Kentucky. Under the lights at Kroger Field.

A year after dominating the Gators on the ground in The Swamp, Kentucky will seek its first victory over Florida in Lexington since 1986. The eighth-ranked Gators enter Lexington on a six-game winning streak after closing out 2018 with a win over Michigan and opening 2019 with a week zero victory over Miami.

Boasting one of the bests pass rushes in the nation, Florida’s Jabari Zuniga and Jonathan Greenard will test Kentucky’s talented offensive line. This week they’ll be protecting a new quarterback, Sawyer Smith. Thrust into action following Terry Wilson’s season-ending injury against EMU, the grad transfer from Troy has been a similar situation before, just not on a stage this big. The last game he started, Smith was named MVP of the Dollar General Bowl after throwing for 320 yards and four touchdowns. If his performance tonight comes close to replicating his final game at Troy, the Cats are in great hands.

Without a doubt the craziest atmosphere of the year at The Kroger, tonight has the potential to be special. If Kentucky takes care of the football and is effective on the ground, it will be a party tonight in Lexington.

The Schedule

  • 10:00 — SEC Nation begins in front of Willy T
  • Noon — Live Music at KSBar and Grille
  • Noon — The Heisman House exhibition opens near Gate 4
  • 3:00 — The KSR Pregame Show LIVE from KSBar and Grille
  • 4:00 — The LexTran Shuttle Begins
  • 4:45 — The Cat Walk
  • 7:00 — Kickoff on ESPN

TV, Radio, Vegas

The Gators are 8-point favorites in most sports books, with the over-under hovering around 48. Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Todd McShay are on the call for ESPN. Due to a contract dispute with DirecTV and AT&T, some of you may have difficulties watching the four-letter network. If you can’t watch, there are multiple ways to listen to The Voice of the Wildcats.

  • AM: 840 WHAS, 630 WLAP
  • FM: 98.1 WBUL
  • Satellite: XM-190 and Sirius-135
  • Online: iHeart Radio

Hall of Fame Weekend

Andre’ Woodson will serve as an Honorary Team Captain the day after he was inducted in the UK Athletics Hall of Fame. Many of Woodson’s teammates are in town this weekend for the occasion, like Keenan Burton and the man who got loose, Stevie Johnson. Woodson entered the distinguished community alongside Henri Junghanel (rifle), A’dia Mathies (women’s basketball), Vic Nelson (cross country/track and field), DeMarcus Cousins (men’s basketball) and Don Weber (cross country/track and field). All but Cousins will be honored at halftime.

Today’s Tale of the Tape

HUGE Recruiting Weekend…

Almost every single 2020 football commitment is in town for tonight’s game. They’ll be accompanied by a handful of official visitors and an extraordinary amount of underclassmen. Tonight’s a good night to cash in on momentum.

…Not Just for Football

John Calipari could land his highest-rated recruit in four years when Terrence Clarke makes his college announcement this afternoon at 1 p.m. ET. One of the best scorers in America, many believe he’ll reclassify and enter the 2020 class as a top five player.

College Football Schedule

  • Noon: Arkansas State at #3 Georgia on ESPN2
  • Noon: #6 Ohio State at Indiana on Fox
  • Noon: Pitt at #13 Penn State on ABC
  • Noon: Chattanooga at Tennessee on SECN
  • 3:30: #2 Alabama at South Carolina on CBS
  • 3:30: #24 USC at BYU on ABC
  • 3:30: Stanford at #17 UCF on ESPN
  • 4:00: #19 Iowa at Iowa State on FS1
  • 4:00: Arizona State at #18 Michigan State on Fox
  • 7:00: Kentucky State at #8 Auburn on ESPN2
  • 7:30: #1 Clemson at Syracuse on ABC
  • 10:30: Texas Tech at Arizona on ESPN

High School Football Scores

  • Madison Southern 42, Danville 27
  • Ballard 40, CAL 37 OT
  • Beechwood 26, Corbin 10
  • Central Hardin 57, E-Town 40
  • Lex Cath 34, DeSales 31
  • McCracken County 45, Mayfield 35
  • Newport Central Catholic 10, Walton-Verona 7
  • St X 23, Central 0
  • Prestonsburg 27, Powell County 20
  • Butler 26, Fern Creek 0


Article written by Nick Roush

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

6 Comments for GAMEDAY vs. Florida, Presented by State Farm Agent Lance Taylor

  1. Bluebloodtoo
    9:31 am September 14, 2019 Permalink

    So our stats look very similar to the 8th best team in the nation while having played more difficult opponents, but we are unranked and are picked to lose this game at home? What am I missing?

    • Bluebloodtoo
      9:46 am September 14, 2019 Permalink

      Well, Miami is a good ish team, but they still aren’t ranked and have lost both of their games this year. I know UTM is not on the level of either of the two teams we played. Based on the stats, it looks like Florida’s defense is better than UK has shown so far this year. I still think UK should have more respect.

  2. johnnycat
    9:48 am September 14, 2019 Permalink

    It’s game day!!!! Let the festivities begin!!!! I’m pumped!!!!

  3. ClutchCargo
    12:20 pm September 14, 2019 Permalink

    It’s football time in the Bluegrass!!!

  4. UKFanSC
    1:15 pm September 14, 2019 Permalink

    Nick, do us a favor and give us a Trinity score every once in a while. They’re only the best high school program in the state.