"I have never really experienced anything like this before," Meyer said during his Monday press conference. "I think it's great for college football but it's also important that you have to show up and you better come to play each week."
With a big home win, the Wildcats may be primed for a letdown, but UK is a veteran-laden team with several players that have been waiting four years to face an opportunity like the one ahead of them.
"It all comes down to the players and to see a veteran quarterback who I think this is a third year starter, and veteran players on the field," Meyer said. "We watched the film two years ago and a bunch of those players are still on the team."
Kentucky is led by senior quarterback Andre Woodson who is well on his way to having an All-SEC season. Woodson is completing more than 63 percent of his passes while throwing for more than 255 yards a game. He's thrown 21 touchdowns against only four interceptions.
"He is a veteran player and you can spot a veteran a mile away," Meyer said. "Inexperienced quarterbacks have a tendency to wait until guys are open to let it go. But I think they do a very good job of checking the ball at the line of scrimmage. They run versus certain looks and pass during certain looks. He is a very veteran player, but you could see him coming on the last couple of years."
The Gator secondary will have their hands full with Woodson under center since Florida boasts the SEC's second worst pass defense, allowing 230.2 yards per game.
"You want to keep the ball in front of you in this league and certainly with young players," Meyer said. "Against Ole Miss, we did not keep it in front of us and those were touchdowns. It is live to see another day right now with our young corners. They just need to keep the ball in front, just keep tackling and keep playing."
Meyer acknowledged that the Gators inability to have an effective pass rush has hurt the young secondary.
The Gators are coming off back-to-back losses for the first time in the Meyer-era, but because of Kentucky's upset over LSU, have a chance to make a statement on Saturday. With the game being picked up by CBS, Florida and Kentucky will be center stage for another SEC battle.
"I called a lot of our players at the end of the night on Saturday after watching the Kentucky game and you just sit there and all that goes through your mind is opportunity, opportunity, opportunity," Meyer said. "It is right there for you. The SEC East is wide open and college football has never been like this as far as opportunities for so many teams."
But Meyer knows the Gators can't grab the opportunity without improvements on both offense and defense. The focus defensively is to improve the pass rush and develop depth across the line.
"You have to get depth at the defensive line," he said. "You have to get a rotation and so on. So there is a big focus this week, but how do you lighten up? That is one way, to make sure and understanding that there can be many great things to still happen to this team."
The good news defensively is that two first year starters are emerging into possible super stars.
"Brandon Spikes and Major Wright are playmakers," Meyer said. "We are starting to see some develop. Those are first year starters. To win a game you have to make a stop and have to go make a play. It is time, but I understand the evolution of what's going on and that's why we have to go practice as hard as we can this week."
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