Florida (@1.28) vs Kentucky (@3.5)
14-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Florida will win

Florida – Kentucky Match Prediction | 14-09-2019 19:00

Miami has gotten the best of Florida in the recent match-ups between the two schools. UM and UF have played eight times since 1986 with the Hurricanes winning seven of those games. Florida's one win during that span came in 2008 when the Gators were victorious, 26-3, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. UF went on to win the National Championship that year.

The Gators return their leading rusher in Lamical Perine, who ran for 834 yards and seven touchdowns. The Gators rushed for 200 yards in nine of the 13 games last season. 27 ranked rushing attack in the country while averaging 213 yards on the ground per game. Quarterback Feleipe Franks is also a running threat after rushing for 350 yards with seven touchdowns. Florida finished the 2018 season with the No.

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Floridas run defense ranked No. The Gators must replace three of their best run defenders from the 2018 defense in defensive end Jachai Polite, linebacker Vosean Joseph, and safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson. 65 in the country and allowed opponents to average 4.29 yards per carry. Those three players played a combined 811 run defense snaps and missed only 35 tackles on the year. Florida does return linebacker David Reese, who is good in the box and defensive end Jabari Zuniga, who is an elite edge setter.

UMs quarterback, Jarren Williams, is also making the first start of his college career, so there will be some growing pains. Miami does have an excellent defense, which should keep UM within striking distance for the majority of the game. This is also the first game for Dan Enos as offensive coordinator at UM, so there will be some adjusting by the players and coaches during the course of a game. Miamis starting a couple of freshmen at offensive tackle, and that development should cause some concern as they go up against a a talented and veteran Florida defensive line.

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Florida vs. Kentucky Fearless Prediction & Game Preview

The big thing I will be watching is the UK offense going against Floridas vaunted defense. UK has the big, experienced offensive line to give Floridas pass rush a true test. UKs ground game has not missed a beat with the steadiness of AJ Rose and the explosiveness of Kovasiey Smoke, while Chris Rodriguez has shown some flashes as well.

This is the first opportunity for UK to play its way into the top 25 with a victory over Florida. The big question to me isnt so much what new starting QB Sawyer Smith does in relief of injured Terry wilson, its whether or not the Cats defense can make the next step into the type of defense that can stop a top offense.

Miami returns Bubba Baxa at kicker after he made 9-of-12 field goals in 2018 as a true freshman. Jeff Thomas is expected to be UMs primary return man and he is dynamic when he gets the ball in space after averaging 24 yards per punt return. Louis Hedley will be UMs new punter and the hope is that he can bring some stability to that group.

MIAMI RUN OFFENSE VS. FLORIDA RUN DEFENSE

Finally, well get to see Kentucky play a football game against Florida without the burden of a three-decade losing streak weighing on them. While Mark Stoops always said the streak wasnt something they thought about, it was painfully evident that the streak was making players tight anytime they played the Gators, especially in the last two meetings in Lexington with lots of expectation that those were the years the streak would finally die.

Smith isnt a stranger to big moments, nor is he a stranger to replacing an injured quarterback, as he became the starter halfway through the season when the Trojans lost Kaleb Barker to an injury. Against Eastern Michigan, he tossed two touchdown passes, showing he could move the offense. Now they turn to Sawyer Smith, who was previously the starter at Troy. Smith became the MVP of Troys bowl game and then chose to transfer during the offseason, with his chance coming much sooner than anyone anticipated. So what do the Wildcats do now that Wilson is done for the year?

Feleipe Franks passed for 270 yards with two TD and was not picked off. After a tough opening win over a solid Miami team, Florida throttled UT Martin 45-0 in their last game. Florida rushed for 231 yards with many RBs getting action and Lamical Perine led the team with 51 rushing yards. The Gators dominated the game on both sides of the ball, outgaining UT Martin 543 to 194 yards, and held the Skyhawks to only 54 rushing yards.

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But protecting him should be priority one. Inside zone reads and Run-Pass Options will still be the core of this offense and UKs success will hinge on its ability to run the ball. Smith is also a good enough athlete to make some plays with his legs. So it is not entirely out of the question for UKs offensive staff to instruct Smith to be delicate with his option keep changes.