I think the defense has been a pleasant surprise to this point in the season. The Gators are fourth in the conference in total defense at 276 yards allowed per game. Rushing defense also comes in at No. 4, allowing 92.33 yards per game while the pass defense sits at No. 8, allowing 168. But they do have a league high 10 interceptions (tops in the country) and are third in pass efficiency defense allowing just over 50 percent of passes attempted to be completed.
The Gators are plus-12 in turnovers while they have lost five through three games or a plus-2.33 turnover margin. Florida is No. 1 in both turnovers gained and turnover margin.
Kickoff return also finds the Gators No. 1, averaging just less than 33 yards per return as well as net punting with an average of 41.5 yards.
The offense has also been a surprise for other reasons. The Gators check in at No. 10 in the league in passing offense with 150 yards per game. Florida has five touchdown passes after three games. Rushing offense is only slightly better coming in at No. 8 with 168 yards per game on the ground. Total offense is No. 11 in the conference, averaging only 319 yards per game.
In comparison, Alabama is close to 550 yards per game and Kentucky is a shade less than 500.
The Gators are fourth in scoring offense at 34.33 points per game meaning when the Gators get a chance they have taken full advantage of scoring opportunities in the red zone.
This week's opponent, the Kentucky Wildcats, is not your average group Florida fans have grown accustomed to seeing. Kentucky is No. 3 in pass efficiency defense allowing only 41 percent completion rate, No. 1 in passing defense at 109 yards per game and No. 3 in total defense allowing only 257 yards of total offense per game. Even though Kentucky is dead last in the league in rushing defense they are only allowing on average 148 yards per game. Add it all up and you have the best team that the Gators have faced so far in The Swamp on Saturday night.
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