Hollywood & Higdon Bold Game Week Predictions

Jason Higdon and ‘Hollywood' Bob Redman continue their weekly predictions of what will happen in Florida's football games. They have been wrong slightly more than right over the first few games, but that is why they call them ‘Bold' predictions. The Florida Gators and Kentucky Wildcats square off in the Gators first road game and here is what we think heading into it.

From the desk of Jason Higdon

Standing their ground….
The Florida defense ranks number one in the country in rush defense allowing only 30.67 yards per game. I don't care who you play through three games that trend is incredible. While the true test will take place against Alabama and LSU over the next few weeks the Gator defense will once again stone the ground game this weekend vs. Kentucky on the road. Look for the trend to continue this weekend as the front line of the Gators will continue to dominate holding Kentucky to under 30 yards rushing on the afternoon.

2x100 yet again…
I missed out last week and you know what they say if first you don't succeed try, try again. That's exactly what I will do this week as I predict the Gators go over the 265 yard rushing mark vs. the Wildcats. It has not worked out that way I planned so far but this week I will hit on this prediction and the Gators will have two backs go over the 100 yard mark on the day.

The big donut…
The defensive unit that coach Muschamp and Quinn have assembled so far this season ranks 6th in the country at 8.67 points per game. The combination of Floyd, Easley, Howard and Powell will completely shut down the Kentucky offense on Saturday and record the shutout. Final score for Saturday's contest, Gators 38 Kentucky 0.

From the desk of ‘Hollywood' Bob Redman

Reversing the trend…
The Gators dropped five possible interceptions last week and caught two of them. This game looks to get out of hand early and Kentucky will likely be throwing the ball a lot of they are planning on trying to stay in the game. The Cats rank 108th in passing offense and just aren't very good at it. Florida is ranked 33rd in pass defense and is due for those interceptions. The Gators' young secondary will help pick off five passes Saturday night in Lexington.

Double – Double…
Kentucky has been in some tight games and in part due to their pass defense. However, if this game gets lopsided like is expected they will have to stack the box and force Florida to throw at times. With a big lead, Florida wouldn't expect to do it that much, but I think they hit pay dirt a few times. I think John Brantley will match his season total of three touchdown passes so far and just for kicks, I will say that freshman quarterback Jeff Driskel pours in another three touchdowns as Charlie Weis wants to have a little fun. Bold? Yeah. But, that's how I roll.

Block Party…
Kentucky coach Joker Phillips decided to take it public about the missed holding call on the officials on Chris Rainey's blocked punt against Tennessee. Color him worried. All he had to do was make it a point to notify the officials calling the game and he probably would have been better served, especially since the penalty did not affect the block itself.

Now, he has a pissed off staff at him that has two blocks on the season from two different players. Throw in the fact that Kentucky already punts 3.8 times a game and it is likely to double that amount in this one, and there will be lots of opportunities. The Gators will block two on Saturday and no yellow hankies will fly.


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