Florida Gators: A Look Inside the SEC Battle With the Kentucky Wildcats
The Florida Gators come into week three at a two-0 mark. Now they will travel to Lexington to play the Wildcats of Kentucky. The same Wildcats they beat and ended the streak last year in Gainesville. The Wildcats don’t have the same team from a year ago. Now they are also two-0 with wins over Toledo and Eastern Michigan. In both games, they scored 38-points. The Wildcats will have a third straight home game. The Gators played on a neutral site and one game at home. The game against the Miami Hurricanes was played in Orlando which was closer than Gators fans had predicted with a score of 24-20. The win against the TN Martin Skyhawks was a dominating one winning 45-0. The Gators will be out for revenge as I stated above the Wildcats ended their winning streak last year in the Swamp.
Like I stated above the Wildcats come into this game with a two-0 record. Now the Wildcats could duplicate what they did last year. They did it last year so they know they can beat the Gators. The Wildcats got a big boost with Florida State Seminole transfer Xavier Peters who is eligible. Peters is a four-star linebacker that in the past the Florida Gators have had problems blocking. Another advantage the Wildcats have that Feleipe Franks has struggled against the Wildcats. Now in two games, he has gone 24 for 50 for 317-yards. But where is had trouble is turnovers he threw an interception and fumbled the ball twice. Now the Wildcats could be more balanced on offense. They will feature A.J. Rose and Kavosiey Smoke. This will help Sawyer Smith focus on the passing attack which will make easier.
The Wildcats have dominated the Gators the last two years. The Gators won by one-point in 2017 and got defeated last year. They will, of course, feature the passing attack we saw last week against UT Martin. The Wildcats have a young secondary that could be exposed. Now, this defensive backfield has three interceptions and is ranked in the top 20 in the nation. On the other hand, the Gator wide receivers Taj Dodson, Brandin Echols, Cedrick Dort, Van Jefferson, Josh Hammond, Tyrie Cleveland, and Freddie Swain should scare the Wildcats. The Gator front seven should be able to rattle Sawyer Smith. Their linebackers should be able to slow down Kentucky running back. If they can control Smith and the running back the Gators will control the game. Now despite Franks struggles the last two year look for an experience to shine.
The one variable in this game is both teams are good on special teams. So whatever team could win on offense and defense will take home a victory. Look for the Wildcats to come out and do the same thing that did last year. On the flip side, the Gators are out for blood and should be able to flip the script. It will be good back and forth game when it all said and done. The question is who comes out on top?