Kentucky Football

Shorthanded Kentucky looks to stun No. 6 Gators: Preview and Prediction

November 27, 2020
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The Kentucky Wildcats (3-5) are limping into the final stretch of the 2020 season and things won’t be getting easier as Saturday they’re set to battle the No. 6 Florida Gators (6-1) at the Swamp.

UK is expected to be down 18 players between injuries and COVID-19 issues and will simply be looking to show signs of life as they fell by 60-points to No. 1 Alabama last weekend.

Florida, meanwhile, is in position to move within just one win of clinching their first SEC East title since 2016 and ending the Georgia Bulldogs three-year run atop the division. 

Matchup History

In Kentucky’s last visit to the swamp two years ago, the Wildcats snapped their infamous 31-game losing streak to the Gators that dated back to 1987. Last season, however, Florida erased an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to take down the Cats and take a 52-18 lead in the all-time series. 

Florida Preview

Florida’s success has been in large part due to their success on offense. The Gators have scored at least 38 points in all of their games this season, including dropping 63 on Arkansas and 51 on Ole Miss. 

The offense is led by Heisman front-runner Kyle Trask who has thrown for 2,554 yards with a nation-leading 31 touchdown passes with just three interceptions. He has a world of weapons to throw to, including tight end Kyle Pitts who has eight touchdown grabs this season and wide receiver Kadarius Toney, who has made 42 catches for 503 yards and seven touchdowns.

While Florida’s offense has thrived, their defense has struggled as they have allowed at least 17 points in each of their seven games and have allowed an average of over 400 yards per game to opposing offenses. 

Florida’s offense is more than good enough to lead the Gators past many opponents, including UK, but the defensive woes may come back to bite them in the SEC Championship Game when they will likely take on Alabama. 

Kentucky Preview

It’s been a rough year for the Wildcats and last week, the team hit rock bottom as they fell 63-3 to Alabama, leading to questions of just how much the program has grown in the Stoops era.

Things won’t get any easier Saturday as they’re expected to be without 18 players, including leading rusher Chris Rodriguez and leading tackler Jamin Davis due to COVID-19 issues. 

In order to have any chance at an upset victory, they’ll need quarterback Terry Wilson and the offense to match Trask and the Gators and for their defense, that’s allowed a combined 90 points the last two weeks, to make stops. 

Prediction

While the Wildcats offense should score more than just the three they managed against Alabama, it’s impossible to imagine their defense slowing down Trask and the Gators. Florida should win this would running away.

Florida 49, Kentucky, 17

 
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