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Florida Gators at Kentucky Wildcats - Live Game Thread

Florida comes to Kentucky to try to win their 27th straight over the Wildcats.

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Due to the fact I am writing this on a very tight deadline, this one will be short and sweet. Tonight at 7:00 PM in Commonwealth Stadium, the Kentucky Wildcats will face off against the Florida Gators in Kentucky's first game against an SEC opponent under new head coach Mark Stoops. This is a seminal moment for Kentucky in the sense that it has a chance to prove that they new staff is able to make an impact against a perennial SEC powerhouse.

Florida comes in somewhat depleted with their starting quarterback Jeff Driskell out, as well as their best defensive player, Dominique Easley. Florida still has far more talent at every position than UK, so although this might really matter against Georgia or South Carolina, it matters considerably less against UK.

For Kentucky to win, they must find a way to:

  • Execute on offense. The shouldn't have to score a ton of points, but they have to score some, and that will be hard on Florida's defense.

  • Continue their defensive improvement. Kentucky looked good for a half against Louisville. They will need to at least duplicate that effort today.

  • Take care of the football. Turnovers killed any chance at an upset the Cardinals gave UK two weeks ago.

  • Give the defense a breather. The offense has to find a way to get first downs, and the defense a way to get off the field on third downs. Unfortunately, Kentucky's defense isn't deep enough to win a game in which the opponent's time of possession is significantly longer.

That's what I have. Enjoy the game, I hope to be able to watch it.