After Florida, with all kinds of help from Kentucky, pulled out a very, let’s say fortunate, victory in Lexington in 2017, then coach Jim McElwain was overheard saying, “They’re still (bleeping) Kentucky.”
As the Gators have since discovered, that Kentucky, the one that always found a way to lose to Florida, is long gone now. Two years ago the ’Cats were better than the Gators, but failed to show it on the scoreboard due to their own mistakes. Last year they were better and showed it, thumping the Gators in The Swamp and ending UF’s 31-game winning streak in the series.
They could be better tonight, too. They will be if:
- The Gators don’t take care of the football.
- The offensive line collapses, the Gators can’t run the ball and Feleipe Franks is scrambling out of the pocket all night.
- The defensive front fails to shut down UK’s running game. The ’Cats won last year’s game on the ground, rushing for 303 yards.
- The secondary, which probably will feature a true freshman starting at cornerback, gives up some explosive plays in the passing game.
- Mark Stoops and his staff outcoach Dan Mullen and his.
What I’m saying is the opportunity for a victory will be there for the ’Cats if the Gators mess around and don’t play well.
The UF players and coaches have said there has been great focus and intensity this week, and a sense of urgency to put in the work to have a successful night in Lexington.
I’m going to trust them on that.
Prediction: Florida 24, Kentucky 19.