Week 2 Preview: Gators vs. Wildcats. The Florida Gators (1-0) try to clean up some of their mistakes, from last Saturday’s game against UMASS, as they take on the Kentucky Wildcats (0-1) at 3:30 on CBS. The Gators heading into this game with a 29 game winning streak against the Kentucky Wildcats. Florida is coming off a disappointing win vs. UMASS, while Kentucky is coming off a bad loss to Southern Mississippi. This game is important for both teams. Florida is expecting better offensive line play versus a bad Kentucky defense, who blew a 31-point lead to Southern Mississippi last Saturday. They also haven’t beaten the Gators in 29 years.
The biggest thing the Florida Gators need is dominated play at the line of scrimmage. UMASS made the Gators’ offensive line look really bad last Saturday and did not give Florida’s QB, Luke Del Rio, much time to throw the ball. If the Gators want more explosive plays vs. Kentucky then, the OL needs to play much better against a bad Kentucky defensive line. Jalen “Teez” Tabor is back from his one-game suspension for fighting in practice. The Gators need him this Saturday since, Kentucky has a pretty good offense and the cornerbacks last week did play to expectations. Florida at the end of the day needs to score a lot of points, dominate the line of scrimmage to be able to forget a bad game against UMASS and add on to the impressive winning streak vs. Kentucky.
The Kentucky Wildcats come into this game with a heavy chip on their shoulders. None of the Florida and Kentucky player have heard the phrase “Kentucky beat Florida in a college football game”. The Wildcats will need a huge effort to compete and beat the Gators. The Wildcats D-Line will need a better effort, to stop the running game. Last week they allowed 262 yards against Southern Mississippi. Florida has the more talented skill position players. They have a huge advantage in the running back position. If Kentucky’s D-Line does not step up, it is going to be a very long day for that defense. Kentucky’s skill players also need to step up who are also overmatched by Florida’s skill players. These players want to be the guys that end the fifth most consecutive wins over one opponent in college football history.
At the end of the day, the Florida Gators should come into this game angry and ready to put behind the poorly played game against UMASS. The Kentucky Wildcats will also come into this game angry after a disappointing loss to Southern Mississippi. Will this be the game that Florida lights up the scoreboard? You’ll have to watch it at 3:30pm on CBS. Go Gators!