There is a very interesting matchup in Lexington on Saturday as the 4-0 Kentucky Wildcats host the 3-1 Florida Gators. Here are the three keys to a Kentucky victory.
By Steve Wright
1 – Stop the turnovers
The Wildcats have a chance in this one. The 4-0 start was partly based on a relatively easy first month, but Kentucky has done what it was supposed to. The biggest single concern here is that while the Wildcats have been winning, they haven’t been clean. The ‘Cats are -9 in the turnover column on the season and in three of the four games so far there have been three turnovers. You can do that against the likes of Chattanooga and ULM, you can’t do that against Florida. Kentucky has to play clean football.
2 – Win on the ground defensively
This game will be decided by the ability of Florida to run the ball. This isn’t Kyle Trask’s passing game of a year ago, the Gators are winning games with a monster-rushing attack. They have mobile quarterback options, running backs that go with both speed and power, and an offensive line that is both massive and athletic. Florida is averaging 7.6 yards per carry and well over 300 yards per game on the ground – and one of those games was against Alabama. The Kentucky run D has allowed less than 105 rushing yards against all three FBS teams, but this Florida attack is something special. Holding them to 200 yards would be considered a massive accomplishment.
3 – Ride the stars
The Wildcats have legitimate stars on the offense in quarterback Will Levis, running back Chris Rodriguez Jr., and wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson. They have another player that can go off at any moment in running back Kavosiey Smoke. This is the type of game where those four players have to show up big. Levis can’t allow himself some of the lapses in judgment have resulted in turnovers and the other three need to be constant threats along with breaking out big plays. If the stars show up then Kentucky can win this.