The Kentucky Wildcats will look to score their first win of 2016 Saturday when they take on the Florida Gators. UK will also look to end that dreaded 29-game losing streak to their SEC East rivals.
That will be no easy task for this young group of Wildcats, who was is one of the youngest teams in the nation this season with only 11 total seniors, the fewest in the nation. UK does return 16 starters from last season, including nine on offense, six on defense and one on special teams.
Last week vs Southern Miss, six Wildcats made their first collegiate starts vs. Southern Miss, including freshman wide receiver Tavin Richardson, senior defensive lineman Courtney Miggins, junior defensive lineman Alvonte Bell, sophomore linebacker Kobie Walker, sophomore linebacker Jordan Jones and senior linebacker Courtney Love, not to mention Drew Barker making his first start as the full-time starting QB for Kentucky Football.
That helps explain why UK looked so erratic last week, jumping out to a 35-10 lead before falling 44-35. These young Cats will need to grow up fast to pull off a win in the Swamp and upset the heavily-favored Gators.
Here is everything you’ll need to watch and follow Kentucky vs Florida in both teams’ SEC opener.
Kentucky Wildcats at Florida Gators
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday
Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla.
Broadcasters: Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst) and Allie LaForce (sideline) will have the call.
Radio: UK Radio Network with Tom Leach (play-by-play), Jeff Piecoro (analyst) and Dick Gabriel (sideline) will have the call on 840 AM in Louisville and both 630 AM and 98.1 FM in Lexington.
Satellite radio: XM 80 and Sirius 80
Live stream: CBS will stream its SEC game of the week at CBSsports.com
Live stats: UKathleticsgameday.com/football
Odds: Florida is favored by 16.5 and has been as high as 17, the same line that was in place for UK vs Florida in 2014, a 3-overtime thriller.
My Prediction: The Cats have enough talent to beat Florida, but too much youth to play well enough for four quarters while overcoming the pressure of ending their dreaded losing streak.
UK will make this a game that comes down to the fourth quarter, but the Gators squeak out another close win over the Cats.
Final Score: Florida 30, Kentucky 20