SEC Football Preview: Florida at Kentucky

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

Team Schedules/Results

Florida

Date Opp. Time/Result Location
09/04 Fla Atlantic W 35-14 Home
09/11 S Florida W 42-20 Away
09/18 Alabama L 29-31 Home
09/25 Tennessee W 38-14 Home
10/02 Kentucky 6:00 pm Away
10/09 Vanderbilt 1:00 pm Home
10/16 LSU 1:00 pm Away
10/30 Georgia 3:30 pm Neutral
11/06 S Carolina 1:00 pm Away
11/13 Samford 12:00 pm Home
11/20 Missouri 12:00 pm Away
11/27 Florida St 12:00 pm Home

Kentucky

Date Opp. Time/Result Location
09/04 LA Monroe W 45-10 Home
09/11 Missouri W 35-28 Home
09/18 Chattanooga W 28-23 Home
09/25 S Carolina W 16-10 Away
10/02 Florida 6:00 pm Home
10/09 LSU 1:00 pm Home
10/16 Georgia 1:00 pm Away
10/30 Miss State 1:00 pm Away
11/06 Tennessee 1:00 pm Home
11/13 Vanderbilt 12:00 pm Away
11/20 N Mex State 12:00 pm Home
11/27 Louisville 12:00 pm Away

College Football Ratings

Rating Florida Kentucky
ESPN FPI 6 51
Sagarin 8 29
Massey Composite 12 21
PiRate Ratings 6 40

Key Stats

Stat Florida Kentucky
Points 36.0 31.0
Points Allowed 19.8 17.8
Total YDS 540.8 443.0
Pass YDS 218.3 238.5
Rush YDS 322.5 204.5
Total YDS Allowed 351.5 260.0
Pass YDS Allowed 241.5 172.5
Rush YDS Allowed 110.0 87.5
3rd Down Conv. 50.0 54.4
3rd Down Conv. DEF 40.0 41.0
Turnover margin -0.75 -2.25

Players to Watch

Florida

QB Emory Jones, RB Dameon Pierce, RB Malik Davis, DL Zachary Carter, CB Kaiir Elam, LB Ventrell Miller, LB Brenton Cox, LB Mohamoud Diabate.

Kentucky

RB Chris Rodriguez Jr., WR Josh Ali, TE Keaton Upshaw, OL Darian Kinnard, OL Luke Fortner, DL Josh Paschal, LB Jacquez Jones, LB DeAndre Square, LB Jordan Wright, DB Yusuf Corker, QB Will Levis.

Injuries

Florida

 
[OL] 09/25/2021 – Jean Delance is “?” Saturday vs Kentucky (Leg)
[DB] 09/29/2021 – Kaiir Elam is probable Saturday vs Kentucky (Undisclosed)
[QB] 09/29/2021 – Anthony Richardson is upgraded to probable Saturday vs Kentucky (Hamstring)
[LB] 09/15/2021 – Ventrell Miller is out for season (Biceps)
[DB] 08/12/2021 – Jaydon Hill is out for season (ACL)

Kentucky

 
[RB] 09/25/2021 – Travis Tisdale is “?” Saturday vs Florida (Legal problems)
[RB] 09/25/2021 – Jutahn McClain is “?” Saturday vs Florida (Legal problems)
[WR] 09/25/2021 – Earnest Sanders IV is “?” Saturday vs Florida (Legal problems)

Source: statfox.com

Florida vs. Kentucky Football Series History

Florida leads 53-18

Comments

This is one of the better games of the weekend. A 4-0 Kentucky team taking on a Florida team whose only blemish is a 2-point loss to Alabama. Florida has a solid rushing attack gaining over 300 yards per game. Kentucky has a stout rushing defense allowing only about 87 yards per game on average. One stat in which Kentucky struggles is turnover margin (-2.25). If the Cats can keep turnovers to just one or none they might be able to pull off a big upset.

Our Preseason Prediction

Florida 35, Kentucky 28

Game Week 14Powers.com Prediction

Florida 34, Kentucky 31

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 5:00 PM CT (6:00 PM ET). You can watch this SEC football game on the ESPN Network.

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