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Can Trey Burton break out another big play to help Florida win its 26th straight against Kentucky? (Photo: Facebook / FloridaGators)
The Kentucky Wildcats (1-2, 0-0 SEC) will travel to Gainesville to face the No. 14 Florida Gators (3-0, 2-0 SEC) on Saturday. The game will be broadcast live on the SEC Network and can be seen via live stream online on ESPN3 and here.
Florida has won 25 straight against Kentucky, the most recent victory being a 48-10 blowout in Lexington last September in which the team gained a season-high 520 yards and forced four turnovers. The Gators are also 25-4 all-time against the Wildcats in Gainesville, having won the past 16 meetings there, and are winners of eight straight conference home openers.
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Florida has had a recent history of starting the season off strong and then slumping as it progresses, but this time around, the Gators look like they are well prepared to buck the trend. They have proven the last three games that they can come back from deficits and close out games late.
Quarterback Jeff Driskel has been a huge reason why. Last Saturday, the Gators were down by seven points with seven minutes left in the third quarter against the Tennessee Volunteers, and following a game-tying 80-yard Trey Burton run, Driskel tossed two touchdown passes. One went to Jordan Reed late in the third and another went to Frankie Hammond early in the fourth to help the team pull away.
Running back Mike Gillislee also added 115 rushing yards on 18 carries, helping the Gators to a total of 555 yards, their most since 659 in a Sugar Bowl rout of the Cincinnati Bearcats on New Year's Day of 2010.
Florida's defense is nothing to sleep on either. It has allowed a combined 175 yards in the fourth quarter this season, 16 of which came against Tennessee.
Kentucky enters the matchup against Florida having lost 32-31 in overtime to Western Kentucky. Quarterback Maxwell Smith was picked off four times, despite finishing with 332 passing yards and two touchdowns. The bright side, however, is that the sophomore has an SEC-best 966 passing yards and his eight TDs are tied for first, which can translate into a good offensive performance on Saturday.
Plus, senior receiver La'Rod King leads the SEC in receptions with 23, including a career-best 10 for a season-high 84 yards against Western Kentucky. Receiver La'Rod King has a team-leading 23 receptions. Senior receiver Aaron Boyd has also caught 18 passes behind King.
Junior running back Jonathan George took advantage of an injury to senior back CoShik Williams and a drug suspension to starting junior back Raymond Sanders by scoring three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) against Western Kentucky, and, as a result, has become the starter. Look for George to be a huge part in both Kentucky's pass and rush offense for Kentucky to have the best chance to win.
Kentucky's defense, ranked 92nd nationally, will have to buckle down on big plays and staying and limit breakdowns in coverage or it could have much trouble stopping Florida's offense. The Wildcats are allowing 188 rushing yards per game while allowing opponents to complete a whopping 72.5 percent of their passes.