Florida and Kentucky Ignoring the Streak

Both sides are doing their best not to think about the 25-game winning streak Florida has over Kentucky heading into this weekend. The Gators have won the last four matchups by at least 34 points and haven't been threatened by the Wildcats since 2007. As Kentucky heads to Gainesville this weekend for another chance at ending the streak, no one involved in the streak wants to acknowledge it.

"We have not mentioned it," Kentucky head coach Joker Phillips said. "We've had a couple streaks that we've broken since we took over, and we have not mentioned those. Why bring those things up? We just try to continue to prepare the best way we can."

In the last four meetings, the Gators have won by a combined score of 200-36. The key has been the first quarter, where Florida holds a 94-3 advantage since 2008.

The recent games have produced plenty of positive memories for Florida. The Gators blocked two punts and one field goal against Kentucky on their way to a national championship in 2008. In 2010, Trey Burton set the Florida record for touchdowns in a game by a freshman when he got into the end zone six times (five rushing, one receiving) against the Wildcats.

The memories of the series are one-sided, but the Florida players are doing their best to ignore it and continue to build momentum after big road wins at Texas A&M and Tennessee.

"You don't want to take anybody for granted," Florida wide receiver Frankie Hammond said. "Last week, they lost to Western Kentucky. It shows you want to go in every game and give it your best shot because I'm sure Kentucky will have things dialed up for us. It's important for us to be able to respond."

"For us, we want to keep the streak going. That's what we plan on doing. We've got a week to prepare and get ready and go from there."

Even though Phillips and Kentucky coaching staff aren't addressing the streak with the team, the Florida players know it has to be on their mind. That's what the Florida players are talking about this week. Coming into a game with a 25-game losing streak means the Wildcats come to Gainesville without any pressure on them.

After losing to Western Kentucky last week, no one in the country expects Kentucky to compete with No. 14 Florida.

"They have nothing to lose—that's the scary thing about this team," Florida defensive tackle Omar Hunter said. "The streak being 25 games, they're going to do whatever it takes to get a win. That's the scary part about this team."

All of the Florida players asked about the streak during the week said they'd never been a part of a losing streak like it. Senior safety Josh Evans couldn't imagine what it would be like.

"It would suck," Evans said. "Not being able to beat a team in 25 years in a row we've beaten them. That statistic is thrown out the room. It's a new year and anything's capable of happening in the SEC. We're taking it step-by-step."


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