Florida aims to extend Kentucky's misery
Kentucky has dropped its past 29 meetings with Florida. Can Mark Stoops’ bunch avoid the big 3-0 this afternoon?
The Gators welcome the Wildcats to Gainesville at 3:30 p.m. ET. Handicappers at online sports book BetDSI list the hosts as 15.5-point favorites. As for the over/under, it’s 49.
Last weekend, UK blew an 18-point lead and fell 44-35 at home to Southern Miss. If the boys from Lexington somehow spring the upset in a few hours, though, it would indeed be an epic achievement. The Wildcats haven’t captured a win in the series since 1986. In 2015, they were held to 241 total yards and a trio of field goals in a 14-9 defeat to UF.
Yet the Gators aren’t exactly entering today’s tilt operating at maximum efficiency. Jim McElwain’s crew comes off a very ordinary 24-7 victory over UMass. New quarterback Luke Del Rio avoided tossing an interception in his first collegiate start, but he also failed to orchestrate many long drives. Florida has now scored under 30 points in 10 straight contests.
Shortly, however, UF could get a nice boost from the return of some familiar faces. Receivers Tyrie Cleveland and Rick Wells, tight end C’yontai Lewis and cornerback Jalen Tabor should make their season debuts. All four student-athletes missed the Minutemen clash due to suspension.
Scoring rarely presents a problem for Kentucky. Stopping the opposition, on the other hand, can be a beast. Look for the Gators to get well from a possession-to-possession standpoint, leading to an entertaining affair in the Swamp.
SATURDAY NCAA FREE PICK: KENTUCKY/FLORIDA OVER 49 POINTS