Gator News And World Report (9/24/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Saturday, September 24, 2005. Wildcats not in the bag; Brooks has a daunting task at hand; Florida tries to avoid overconfidence against Kentucky; Wildcats endangered; Gators Anticipate Offensive Explosion; Woes add to heat on 'Cats' Brooks; Chicken Little eats his words about the Big 3; For Meyer, defense is no Urban legend and more...

Florida Gator Football

Wildcats not in the bag
The Kentucky Wildcats can't run the ball, can't stop the run, have been decimated by injuries and are coming off a blowout loss to inept Indiana. And, their coach's approval rating is sinking faster than George W's.

Brooks has a daunting task at hand
If Rich Brooks was on the hot seat entering this season at Kentucky, his pants must be on fire now.

Florida at Kentucky
KEYS TO WINNING FLORIDA 1. The Gators made no turnovers in the UT game, but came a little too close for comfort. Two Chris Leak passes were almost intercepted and Chad Jackson almost lost a fumble.

Florida tries to avoid overconfidence against Kentucky
Florida hasn't lost to Kentucky since 1986 and a good number of those games have been lopsided, with scores like 73-17, 42-7, 65-0 and 44-10.

Wildcats endangered
Injuries to six starters and six others have Kentucky reeling coming into today's game against Gators.

Gators Anticipate Offensive Explosion
Randy Hand imagined he'd feel differently. The University of Florida offensive tackle thought he'd surf on a wave of euphoria for the balance of last weekend if the Gators beat Tennessee. Failing that, Hand figured he'd at least feel a little giddy.

Woes add to heat on 'Cats' Brooks
For those in Gator Nation complaining about Florida's place in college football, we present Kentucky, which Saturday welcomes the Gators to Commonwealth Stadium.

UF defense ranked No. 2
Helmet-less and in full chase of Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge, defensive end Jeremy Mincey didn't notice he had become the face of the Florida Gators' defense.

Chicken Little eats his words about the Big 3
Good morning. Chicken Little here. There might be a hole or two in the ozone layer but, contrary to the mournful tone of my column last Saturday, the rest of the sky is neatly tacked in place over the Sunshine State and its three monster college football programs.

For Meyer, defense is no Urban legend
For all the talk of Urban Meyer's glitzy, cutting-edge offense that short-circuited scoreboards and stole the guts of defensive coordinators, the first-year Florida football coach is quickly establishing a new calling card.

Gators hit road looking to run
Florida is 3-0 and ranked No. 5 in the country, but you wouldn't have known it this week when players talked to media.

FLORIDA TODAY columnist in Merritt Island today
FLORIDA TODAY award-winning sports columnist Peter Kerasotis will be at the Barnes & Noble on Merritt Island today from 1 p.m. until 3 to sign copies of his book, "Stadium Stories: Florida Gators.

Florida Gator Soccer

Gators net draw vs. 'Bama
he opportunities were there. Florida just missed them. Despite attacking and pressuring Alabama through 90 minutes of regulation and two overtime periods, Florida was forced to walk away from Friday night's SEC opener with a 2-2 tie against the Tide at Pressly Stadium.

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