I took a lot of grief for my prediction last week that the Gators would struggle against the Tennessee defense and Florida would not seal a victory until the fourth quarter. But, I turned out to be right on that one. I just had a feelingUF would have a hard time consistently moving the ball against a Monte Kiffin defense that had been preparing for the Gators’ spread offense for months.
However, I don’t have a real good feel for this week’s game at Kentucky.
Part of me says this talented Florida team will come together and play its best game of the season. The Gators certainly appear to have a chip on their shoulder after last week’s game (and the fallout from it). AsUF showed last season, it’s good to have that chip on your shoulder.
Another part of me says that maybe we all were expecting too much from this team, given the problems at wide receiver. At this stage, the Gators do not have the home-run threat at receiver they had a year ago, and it’s taken away a big part of whatUF likes to do on offense. It certainly would help if Deonte Thompson can return for this game. He’s UF’s best deep threat. The bottom line is, coming into the season we knew wide receiver was a position of concern with the loss of PercyHarvin and Louis Murphy. That concern has only grown.
One feeling I do have this week is that one of those redshirt freshmen receivers will step up and become involved in the passing game. I’m going to say it will be Omarius Hines.
One other feeling: No. 2 quarterback John Brantley will get a package of plays to run with the No. 1 offense in the first half. His passing ability could knock the UK defense off balance. If that happens, it will be a good day for the offense.
This is going to be a tough game, especially early. The ‘Cats and their crowd will be through the roof with excitement. The Gators are No. 1 in the nation, they’ve won 22 in a row in the series — and UK thinks it can win this game, which it can.
The Gators will have to play well to get out with a victory. Here’s saying they do: Florida 31, Kentucky 14.