KENTUCKY vs. FLORIDA
Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Fla.
TV • SEC NETWORK
SATELLITE RADIO • Channel 190 – XM, Channel 119 – Sirius
Record: 2-0, 0-0 Southeastern Conference
Ranking: Not ranked
Last game: W, vs. Ohio 20-3
Coach: Mark Stoops (Iowa, 1989)
Record: 4-10 (Second season)
at UK: 4-10 (Second season)
vs. UF: 0-1
Record: 1-0, 0-0 Southeastern Conference
Ranking: Receiving votes in both polls
Last game: W, vs. Eastern Michigan 65-0
Coach: Will Muschamp (Georgia, 1994)
Record: 23-16 (Fourth season)
at UF: 23-16 (Fourth season)
vs. UK: 3-0
Overall: UF leads 47-17
In Gainesville: UF leads 26-4
Last meeting: UF - 24 at UK - 7 (Sept. 28, 2013)
KENTUCKY SCHEDULE, RESULTS:
8/30 UT Martin [SEC Network] W, 59-14
9/6 Ohio [ESPNU] W, 20-3,
9/13 at Florida* [SEC Network] 7:30 p.m.
9/27 Vanderbilt* TBA
10/4 South Carolina* TBA
10/11 ULM TBA
10/18 at LSU* TBA
10/25 Mississippi State* TBA
11/1 at Missouri* TBA
11/8 Georgia* TBA
11/15 at Tennessee* TBA
11/29 at Louisville TBA
All times ET; * SEC game
FLORIDA SCHEDULE, RESULTS:
8/30 vs Idaho cancelled
9/6 vs Eastern Michigan W, 65-0
9/13 vs Kentucky* 7:30 p.m.
9/20 at Alabama* TBA
10/4 at Tennessee* TBA
10/11 vs LSU* TBA
10/18 vs Missouri* TBA
11/1 Georgia* (Jacksonville, Fla.) 3:30 p.m.
11/8 at Vanderbilt* TBA
11/15 vs South Carolina* TBA
11/22 vs Eastern Kentucky TBA
11/29 at Florida State TBA
All times ET; * SEC game
WILDCAT KEYS TO THE GAME:
When Kentucky has the ball… The Wildcats will have to be “clean,” as coaches like to say, when it comes to penalties and turnovers.Those two facets of the game have always loomed large when UK visits The Swamp. The Gators feast off turnovers in their house. The Cats have yet to cough up the ball this season. If they can stay clean for one more week, they might have a chance to make this one competitive. The UK O-Line will also be a major factor in the game against a Florida defensive front that can bring far more pressure than either UT-Martin or Ohio was able to muster in the first two games. Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (No. 6, 19.5 career tackles for loss, 6 sacks) was a big thorn in the Cats’ side during last year’s game in Lexington. On the back end, cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III (No. 1, 12 pass break-ups, 3 INT in only 11 career starts) is one of the best corners in the college game. Look for a gameplan that has UK quarterback Patrick Towles relying heavily on his running backs and getting the ball out quickly on short passes.
When Florida has the ball… We’ll get a much better idea of how much the UK defense has improved this week. Will they be “Bad Boys,” as they’ve advertised themselves this season, or merely bad boys, as we’ve frequently seen over the years in SEC play? It’s been a long time since the Cats have opened the season by giving up as few as 17 points in their first two games. If the D can slow down the running game of Matt Jones (No. 24, 65 yards and 1 TD in opener) and Kelvin Taylor (No. 21, 68 yards and 2 TDs in opener) and force quarterback Jeff Driskel (No. 6, 31 of 45, 248 yards, 1 TD in opener) into obvious passing situations, it will aid the Cats’ chances for an upset.
Senior defensive end Alvin “Bud” Dupree has 16 career sacks, the most among all active SEC players, and needs just one more in order to rank No. 4 in UK history.
ON THIS DAY IN UK HISTORY:
Saturday marks the sixth time in program history that Kentucky has played on Sept. 13 with the Wildcats holding a 2-2-1 record all-time on games played on this date. UK first played on this date in 1975 when it defeated Virginia Tech 27-8 in Lexington. The Cats’ last game on this date came in 2008 when they defeated Middle Tennessee State 20-14 at Commonwealth Stadium as quarterback Mike Hartline passed for 254 yards and two touchdowns.
• Kentucky has 16 players on its current roster from the state of Florida, including: Jeff Badet (Orlando), Javess Blue (Babson Park), Mike Douglas (Largo), Nico Firios (Longwood), Nick Haynes (Niceville), Garrett Johnson (Winter Garden), JoJo Kemp (DeLand), Bryan Kirshe (Sarasota), Blake McClain (Winter Park), Regie Meant (Cape Coral), Ramsey Meyers (Orange Park), Kendall Randolph (Tallahassee), Alexander Montgomery (Weston), Jordan Swindle (St. Johns), Denzil Ware (Crestview) and Nate Willis (Pahokee).
• Florida is riding a 27-game win streak over Kentucky dating back to a 10-3 win by the Wildcats in Lexington in 1986. UK hasn’t won in Gainesville since a 31-3 rout in 1979.
• UK and Florida are two of only 12 teams nationally who have not had a turnover this season.
• The Cats have had 24 drives this season, scoring on half of them. They have nine touchdowns and three field goals.