Kentucky desperately needs a win after losing to Southern Miss to open the season. Florida desperately needs to look good after a rocky performance against UMass. Check out the Florida vs. Kentucky fearless prediction and game preview.
Florida vs. Kentucky Game Preview
Date: Saturday, September 10th
Game Time: 3:30 pm
Venue: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, FL
Why Kentucky Will Win
If the University of Massachusetts football team doesn’t have one of the worst defenses in college football in terms of talent and experience, it’s not all that far off. It’s a program that’s rebuilding and building to try figuring out its place in the world. Meanwhile, Florida is supposed to have a bruising ground game and a far more efficient passing attack, and that’s why the opening game was so galling.
At home, the Gators managed just 107 rushing yards and 24 points on the Minutemen.
Kentucky’s defense might not have come up with a meaningful stop against the Southern Miss offense, but the Wildcat attack looked terrific in the first half with a passing game that rolled without a problem.
Garrett Johnson caught two touchdown passes, Drew Barker threw for four scores and the running game had some pop, too, when the O decided to keep it on the ground.
It wasn’t the offense’s fault UK collapsed in the second half once Southern Miss got rolling, but it needs to hit the third down throws and hold on to the ball – long drives are going to be vital. That’s a problem considering …
Why Florida Will Win
There’s a chance Kentucky’s offense just won’t have the ball.
The potential is there for this to be a bad, bad formula for the Wildcats if Florida is able to grind out the running game, control the clock, and make Barker throw into the teeth of one of the nation’s best secondaries.
No, Florida doesn’t have a whole lot of pop or firepower down the field, but it once again has a terrific defense that should force several third-and-long opportunities. While it didn’t show it too often last week, it’s got the grinding offense that can wear down the Wildcats along with the quarterback who appears to be the right fit.
UK had the ball for all of 19:28 seconds against USM because the D couldn’t come up with a third down stop. Florida QB Luke Del Rio should be able to hit his chain-moving throws for an offense that’s a mortal lock to own the time of possession battle.
What’s Going To Happen?
In 1986, Kentucky beat Florida 10-3. That was the last time the Wildcats beat the Gators.
1979. That was the last time Kentucky beat Florida in Gainesville.
Kentucky might come out desperate and fired up after last week’s loss, and Florida might not look all that impressive, but don’t be fooled – Week One really might have been indicative of what these teams are.
Kentucky’s defense doesn’t have the linebackers to stop the Florida backs when they get up a head of steam, and Florida doesn’t have the playmaking ability to bomb its way back into the game if UK gets up early.
This isn’t going to be a flashy Gator squad, and it’ll be ugly at times, but it’ll also be brutally effective. Del Rio will be solid enough to overcome two lost fumbles from the running game to make this the 30th win in a row over the Cats.
Florida vs. Kentucky Prediction
Final Score: Florida 27, Kentucky 16
Line: Florida -17.5, o/u: 47.5
ATS Confidence: 5: Run to the Window – 1: Watch For Fun … 3
Must See Rating: 5: Sully – 1: Skip & Shannon Undisputed … 3