Dan Mullen has faced Kentucky the last eight seasons with Mississippi State. Saturday will mark his first time doing so as the head coach of the Florida Gators.
Mullen went 8-1 with MSU against the Cats.
His new team has won their last 31 meetings against Kentucky. However, Mullen told the media via Florida athletics that the streak was bound to end.
“Someday the streak will be broken, That’s the nature of sports.”
Based on the praise Mullen gave to Kentucky throughout the week maybe he feels there is a chance of this being the year that streak ends.
“They know how to win, have learned how to win and what it takes to come back and win the game. They have a lot of talented players, a lot returning starters and very veteran defense with guys who have played a lot of football. They have some playmakers on offense, great running back. A bunch of guys out there on the perimeter. So, it’ll be a great challenge.”
On top of praising the Kentucky roster, Mullen also praised the team’s resilience.
“They fall behind in game one; in the home opener, in a game, I think most people think they should win. You watch their team, no panic.”
Former Florida coaches didn’t have as kind when talking about Kentucky’s past teams. After last year’s crushing lost former Gators Head Coach Jim McElwain practically poured salt into the wound of Kentucky fans.
“I feel bad for these guys. They played their tails off and probably had a chance to win it.”
Kentucky hopes to show Dan Mullen in person that what he feels about the team is accurate when the teams square off under the lights Saturday night.