Gameday Headquarters: Gators vs. Kentucky

The Gators travel for the first time this year and under new head coach Jim McElwain they are also facing their first SEC foe in Kentucky. The Gators are riding a 28 game winning streak in the series, but McElwain says there is no way they are taking this team lightly.

Florida Gators (2-0, 0-0) @ Kentucky Wildcats (2-0, 1-0)

Saturday September 19, 2015; 7:30 P.M.

Commonwealth Stadium; Lexington, Kentucky

TV: SEC Network

Jim McElwain wasn’t happy during the week leading up to the East Carolina game. His team lost focus on some things and wasn’t doing the little things that are expected of his squad and that they have been doing since he arrived. The game was hard to watch at times because of a lot of errors, and he says that he saw it coming.

“You could see there were some things leading up from the preparation a week ago,” McElwain said earlier in the week during his SEC Coaches’ Teleconference. “There were some indicators, but you never know. (It was) like a good movie where there was some foreshadowing going on. In that case the foreshadowing there were some details not taken care of and loose ends on Monday and it kind of carried through some things that we had been doing pretty darn good. I think it gets to the point where we were very fortunate to get out of there with the win and yet there were some real learning things as far as what we need to do in an everyday / weekly progression to be able to play well on Saturday.

“I think there were some good things this week and it started early in the week. That’s why I really look forward to seeing how we handle a heavy third down and red area (in practice on Wednesday).”

McElwain sees the 28 game winning streak the gators hold as just a number of signgular wins and understands that every game has a life of its own.

“It’s pretty amazing, yet each game and year it’s a different team and setup of players out there,” he said. “I was on the bad end of one of those back in Montana. A rival had us about 15 years in a row. But, each year and each game is an individual event to the point that each play is an individual event. What we try to do is break down with our guys to go win this play and win this rep in practice. Let’s get a little bit better and try not to get caught up in it.”

To that end and because of how bad they played last week, because Kentucky should have or could have won the game a year ago, and because Florida has been down in the dumps as a program for most of the last four years, his team is anything but cocky as they travel to Lexington this week. He also believes Kentucky is a program that finally believes they can win games like this one.

“We are as far from being overconfident in anything we do from going what we have gone through,” McElwain said. “If there is an indicator, I am sure they feel like they had that game won a year ago here at home. Look how they found a way to get a win on the road last week against a really good South Carolina outfit. You can see by watching the video, the excitement on their sideline, the belief in how hard they are playing, finding ways to win games… I think that is a credit to that coaching staff and what they are establishing there t Kentucky. For us it was obviously an eye opener a year ago and yet this is a new opportunity and a new event.”

So the Gators square off with the Wildcats on Saturday and here is everything you need to know leading up to the big game.

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