SEC Football Preview: Florida at Kentucky

Florida-Kentucky game preview

Florida faces Kentucky on Saturday in Lexington. 14Powers.com previews this SEC football game and predicts the final score.

Rowan Rehbein, 14Powers.com SEC Football

TEAM SCHEDULES/RESULTS

Florida

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Date Opponent Score
31-Aug at Utah L 11 – 24
9-Sep vs. McNeese W 49 – 7
16-Sep vs. Tennessee W 29 – 16
23-Sep vs. Charlotte W 22 – 7
30-Sep at Kentucky
7-Oct vs. Vanderbilt
14-Oct at South Carolina
28-Oct vs. Georgia*
4-Nov vs. Arkansas
11-Nov at LSU
18-Nov at Missouri
25-Nov vs. Florida State

Kentucky

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Date Opponent Score
2-Sep vs. Ball State W 44 – 14
9-Sep vs. Eastern Kentucky W 28 – 17
16-Sep vs. Akron W 35 – 3
23-Sep at Vanderbilt W 45 – 28
30-Sep vs. Florida
7-Oct at Georgia
14-Oct vs. Missouri
28-Oct vs. Tennessee
4-Nov at Mississippi State
11-Nov vs. Alabama
18-Nov at South Carolina
25-Nov at Louisville

COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS

Rating Florida Kentucky
ESPN FPI 31 36
Sagarin 33 35
Massey Composite 31 34
PiRate Ratings 35 31

KEY STATS

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Statistic Team National
Rank
Conference
Rank
Value
3rd Down Conversion Pct Kentucky
Florida
26
115
4
13
0.487
0.333
3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense Florida
Kentucky
23
105
4
13
0.314
0.450
4th Down Conversion Pct Florida
Kentucky
114
126
12
14
0.286
0.000
4th Down Conversion Pct Defense Florida
Kentucky
8
63
1
6
0.200
0.500
Blocked Kicks Florida
Kentucky
13
13
3
3
1
1
Blocked Kicks Allowed Kentucky
Florida
92
124
11
13
1
2
Blocked Punts Florida 3 2 1
Blocked Punts Allowed Florida
Kentucky
1
112
1
13
0
1
Completion Percentage Florida
Kentucky
4
87
1
13
0.772
0.589
Defensive TDs Kentucky 1 1 3
Fewest Penalties Florida
Kentucky
57
112
4
13
23
32
Fewest Penalties Per Game Florida
Kentucky
61
116
5
13
5.75
8.00
Fewest Penalty Yards Florida
Kentucky
12
104
1
13
131
272
Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game Florida
Kentucky
10
108
1
13
32.75
68.00
First Downs Defense Florida
Kentucky
1
39
1
6
46
69
First Downs Offense Florida
Kentucky
38
98
5
13
93
74
Fumbles Lost Kentucky
Florida
43
81
6
11
2
3
Fumbles Recovered Kentucky 11 1 4
Kickoff Return Defense Florida
Kentucky
6
80
1
9
11.50
20.00
Kickoff Returns Kentucky
Florida
6
97
1
12
30.00
17.20
Net Punting Florida
Kentucky
19
80
5
11
42.70
38.15
Passes Had Intercepted Florida
Kentucky
9
97
1
13
1
5
Passes Intercepted Kentucky
Florida
41
110
5
13
4
1
Passing Offense Kentucky
Florida
46
55
8
9
265.0
247.8
Passing Yards Allowed Florida
Kentucky
15
61
1
7
162.8
215.8
Passing Yards per Completion Kentucky
Florida
20
90
3
14
14.52
11.26
Punt Return Defense Kentucky
Florida
22
28
3
4
1.50
2.25
Punt Returns Kentucky
Florida
27
64
5
13
13.40
8.00
Red Zone Defense Kentucky
Florida
42
50
4
5
0.769
0.800
Red Zone Offense Florida
Kentucky
37
101
6
14
0.895
0.750
Rushing Defense Kentucky
Florida
9
14
1
2
77.5
82.0
Rushing Offense Florida
Kentucky
56
93
4
12
164.8
131.5
Sacks Allowed Kentucky
Florida
20
75
1
6
1.00
2.25
Scoring Defense Florida
Kentucky
17
20
2
4
13.5
15.5
Scoring Offense Kentucky
Florida
25
76
5
14
38.0
27.8
Tackles for Loss Allowed Kentucky
Florida
24
71
4
8
4.00
5.75
Team Passing Efficiency Florida
Kentucky
30
48
7
10
160.04
146.56
Team Passing Efficiency Defense Kentucky
Florida
33
55
3
7
111.83
123.52
Team Sacks Kentucky
Florida
33
86
7
13
2.75
1.75
Team Tackles for Loss Kentucky
Florida
72
100
9
13
5.5
4.8
Time of Possession Florida
Kentucky
6
110
1
11
34:17
27:37
Total Defense Florida
Kentucky
5
20
1
4
244.8
293.2
Total Offense Florida
Kentucky
55
64
8
9
412.5
396.5
Turnover Margin Kentucky
Florida
51
103
6
14
0.25
-0.75
Turnovers Gained Kentucky
Florida
20
126
1
14
8
1
Turnovers Lost Florida
Kentucky
30
85
5
12
4
7
Winning Percentage Kentucky
Florida
1
29
1
4
1.000
0.750

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Florida

QB Graham Mertz, RB Trevor Etienne, WR Ricky Pearsall, OL Kingsley Eguakan, OL Austin Barber, DE Princely Umanmielen, DB Jason Marshall, P Jeremy Crawshaw.

Kentucky

QB Devin Leary, RB Ray Davis, WR Barion Brown, OL Kenneth Horsey, DT Deone Walker, DE JJ Weaver, LB Trevin Wallace, S Jordan Lovett, K Chance Poore, P Wilson Berry.

INJURIES

Florida


Player POS Status
K. Eguakun OL Ques Sat – Ankle
K. Zipperer TE Ques Sat – Knee
J. Miller III QB Ques Sat – Shoulder
T. Chiaokhiao-Bowman WR Ques Sat – Lower Body
M. Burke WR Ques Sat – Upper Body
J. Weston S Ques Sat – Upper Body
T. Livingston TE Ques Sat – Upper Body
E. Wilson III WR Ques Sat – Collarbone
M. Mazzccua OL Ques Sat – Suspension
C. Carroll RB out for season – Knee
C. Jones OL Out indefinitely – Foot
J. Boone DL out for season – Knee

Kentucky


J. Wilcox RB Ques Sat – Hamstring
L. Wright RB Ques Sat – Undisclosed
J. Kattus TE Ques Sat – Undisclosed
K. Horsey OL Out indefinitely – Leg
N. Hall OL out for season – Undisclosed
B. Christman OL out for season – Undisclosed

Source: Covers.com

Florida vs. Kentucky Football Series History

Florida leads 53-20

COMMENTS

3-1 Florida visits 4-0 Kentucky on Saturday. Both these teams appear to be improved. Kentucky re-hired their former offensive coordinator Liam Coen who had left in 2021. They also brought in a solid running back in Ray Davis who transferred in from Vanderbilt. This is another tough one to predict. Kentucky hasn’t had a tough game yet. I have a hunch Florida wins this one with a late goal.

PREDICTIONS

14Powers Preseason Prediction

Florida 17, Kentucky 27

14Powers.com Gameweek Prediction

Florida 31, Kentucky 28

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 12:00 PM ET (). Watch this SEC football game on the ESPN Network.

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