"Those guys are coming in here sky high after beating Tennessee. We have to get our guys back up and ready to compete (after losing to Louisville)," Phillips said. "Charlie does a good job game planning and getting the ball in hands of guys who can make plays for him. You have to be up on the screen game. They did a good job screening off every play-action (pass). They are getting the ball in the hands of their playmakers.
"You see all the schemes on the field. There is nothing new that Charlie does. Some of the things he did at New England and also at Notre Dame. The thing is now he has more playmakers. Some would say not as many as New England, but he probably does. He has two of the fastest guys in college football and a quarterback who is really hot right now."
Rainey has rushed for 306 yards — and averages 6.4 yards per play — and two scores. Demps has rushed for 163 yards — and averages 6.8 yards per try — and two scores. Brantley is 47-for-72 passing for 637 yards and three scores. Rainey and Demps have a combined 19 catches for 282 yards and two scores by Rainey.
The bad news for Kentucky is that defensively the Gators (3-0) have been just as good. They are allowing 8.7 points per game and giving up 30.7 yards rushing — first in the country — and 178.7 yards passing per game. Last week Louisville had 14 tackles for loss, including six quarterback sacks.
Kentucky's struggling offense ran for just 35 yards against Louisville last week and forced quarterback Morgan Newton to throw 41 times. Junior E.J. Fields, who didn't have a catch coming into the game, caught seven against Louisville for 57 yards, including his first touchdown. Six of Fields' seven receptions went for first downs, and four of those were on third down. Fields' only catch that didn't go for a first down was his fourth-quarter touchdown catch.
"We have to take our shots on offense, running the ball when they give it to us," Phillips said. "They're better on defense than they have been. You can look at the statistics and see. We talked about the team speed. We've got to play cleaner than we've played to have an opportunity to beat these guys."
Florida's special teams could be a problem, too. Rainey has five career kick returns for touchdowns and the Gators have blocked two kicks — Louisville blocked a UK?punt last week — and one punt return for a score.
"They look the same every year. They are always fast and always physical," Phillips said. "It's a typical Florida team."
Those typical Florida teams have dominated UK?for many of the wins in the current 24-year streak, but Phillips doesn't want his underdog Cats thinking they have to play perfect to win.
"It's hard to go out and play perfect. If you ask Florida last week did they play perfect, no, they didn't play perfect, but they won the game," Phillips said. "I just think you have to take advantage of opportunities that are given to you. Can't have drops. Can't have turnovers. You can't have 14 minus yard plays. You can allow a couple, but you can't allow 14 of them and have a chance to win. I don't think you have to play perfect, but you have to play smart."