Kentucky prediction time

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Like everyone else who has followed the early and promising progress of this Florida team, I’ve been very impressed. This is a Gator team that is growing with its young quarterback — and the process seems to be happening at warp speed.

When you look back at Jeff Driskel and the Gators in the opener and compare that performance with what we saw last Saturday in Knoxville, it’s night and day. The improvement has been remarkable. It’s a trend that should continue against a Kentucky team that is struggling mightily on defense and coming off an embarrassing home loss to Western Kentucky.

Some, maybe many, around Gator Nation are leery of a possible letdown Saturday. My response is I think this team is too focused on its mission to fall into the same trap last year’s team did in the Furman game. This is a much more mature team that will get itself ready to play, and improve, this week.

Like offensive guard Jon Halapio said earlier in the week, the Gators have invested too much in this season to let things slide backward now.

I look for offensive coordinator Brent Pease to put more on Driskel’s plate, and I expect Driskel to handle whatever it is. This is what he’s done in every game. And I look for Mike Gillislee to have a big day against a UK defense that the Gators gutted for more than 400 yards rushing a year ago.

The up-tempo UK passing game will present a challenge, but if UF can take Tyler Bray and those excellent receivers out of their game, they’ll be able to do the same against the Wildcats.

Prediction: Florida 41, Kentucky 10.

23 COMMENTS

  1. I will have to say that I was shocked last week when Florida beat Tennessee like they did. I predict the sore end in Tennessee’s Favor. I think Jeff Driskel is growing up quickly as a player and the receivers are looking better and I like the running games this year. I haven’t seen that in a while. I think Florida will win 45 to 14 and a much needed week off to get ready for Les Miles and the LSU Tigers.

  2. Pass defense isn’t our strong point (reference all the defensive holding, pass interference calls last week). UT was just a few dropped passes from getting things rolling back in their direction in the 2nd half.

    Given that, UK will probably score more than 14…probably in the 21-28 range. On the flipside, if we don’t kill our drives with more stupid penalties, we should be in the 35-42 range.

    Lookin’ good Gators!

  3. 45-3 for Halftime Score, then they give Jacoby some playing time under center for the 2nd half… Pease is planning to get back for Lorenzen opening his mouth about the hire and Trash talk.. Kentucky needs to break their losing streak before they start talking trash.. 25 year losing streak and they haven’t won in Gainesville since 1979, I don’t see that streak ending anytime soon..

  4. Sorry, Manny Tee. Kentucky is no where near the team Tennessee is this year. Kentucky’s offensive line is not as large or athletic. It’s hard to throw great passes when you’re constantly on your ass or on the run. It won’t be anywhere near that close of a game.

  5. Roll away Tide!

    Manny Tee I beg to differ somewhat. Sure we had a lot of penalties but do you see the press coverage that UF plays? How many deep balls were completed on our young secondary? UT will be one of the best passing attacks that we’ll face this year. And today they will do fine.

  6. Enjoy Gators at 5-0 !
    Robbie and Pat,I’m putting you both on notice:
    Gators beat LSU27-24 in the Swamp in 2 weeks.
    Here’s why:
    LSU revealed itself this week against an anemic Auburn O & D.
    The Tigers’ QB was rattled, their receivers couldn’t get open, their rushing game is suspect. The D looked ok but was unexceptional.

    Now, give Pease and Quinn two weeks to prepare their game plan, and get Burton, Easely and Green back at 100% and we have a better than 60/40 shot at winning. Driskel is a beast.
    GO GATORS!
    Lakeland Dreadnaught

  7. If Driskel makes plays and doesn’t turn the ball over then we have a great shot at beating the Tiggers.

    Our defense is going to take away the run and make LSU beat us through the air. If that isn’t the plan then I am going to be extremely disappointed.

    Turnovers!!!

    UF 24 LSU 17

  8. At least you Gators only have to put up with RT on here…hopefully. Between all the RTR’s and WDE”s I hear and see on a daily basis, i want to rip my ears off and shoot myself in the face at least once a week.