SEC Football Preview: Florida vs. Kentucky

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

Team Schedules/Results

Florida

Date Opponent Result
08/24/19 Miami (Fla.) W 24-20
09/07/19 Tenn.-Martin W 45-0
09/14/19 @ Kentucky
09/21/19 Tennessee
09/28/19 Towson
10/05/19 Auburn
10/12/19 @ LSU
10/19/19 @ South Carolina
11/02/19 Georgia
11/09/19 Vanderbilt
11/16/19 @ Missouri
11/30/19 Florida St.

Kentucky

Date Opponent Result
08/31/19 Toledo W 38-24
09/07/19 Eastern Mich. W 38-17
09/14/19 Florida
09/21/19 @ Mississippi St.
09/28/19 @ South Carolina
10/12/19 Arkansas
10/19/19 @ Georgia
10/26/19 Missouri
11/09/19 Tennessee
11/16/19 @ Vanderbilt
11/23/19 Tenn.-Martin
11/30/19 Louisville

ESPN FPI

Florida: 12

Kentucky: 30

Key Stats

Stat Florida Kentucky
Rushing Offense 140.5 (85) 207.5 (40)
Passing Offense 283.0 (38) 234.0 (65)
Total Offense 423.5 (61) 441.5 (55)
Scoring Offense 34.5 (52) 38.0 (38)
Rushing Defense 70.5 (14) 115.0 (46)
Total Defense 247.5 (19) 366.5 (69)
Scoring Defense 10.0 (13) 20.5 (48)
Interceptions 1 (61) 3 (9)
Sacks 7.5 (1) 3.0 (32)
Tackles for loss 13.0 (2) 6.0 (64)
Turnover margin -1.0 (97) 0.5 (39)
3rd Down Conv. 0.478 (40) 0.480 (38)
3rd Down Conv. DEF 0.259 (108) 0.433 (94)

()= NCAA rank

Players to Watch

Florida

WR Van Jefferson, DB CJ Henderson, DL Jabari Zuniga, DB Marco Wilson.

Kentucky

C Drake Jackson, OL Logan Stenburg, WR Lynn Bowden, LB Cash Daniel, LB Jamar Watson.

Injuries

Florida

Date Pos Player Injury Status
09/09/19 CB C.J. Henderson Ankle is downgraded to doubtful Saturday vs Kentucky
09/09/19 WR Kadarius Toney Shoulder is out indefinitely

Kentucky

Date Pos Player Injury Status
09/09/19 QB Sawyer Smith None has been named the starter Saturday vs Florida
09/08/19 QB Terry Wilson Knee is out for season
08/30/19 S Davonte Robinson Quad is out for season
08/07/19 WR Isaiah Epps Foot is out indefinitely

Source: Donbest.com

Comments

It’s Mark Stoops vs. Dan Mullen in Lexington. This is our first SEC match between two evenly rated teams. The outcome of this game will tell us a lot. We’d probably pick Kentucky this week if it weren’t for their starting QB Terry Wilson being out for the season. We have a new QB in redshirt junior Troy graduate transfer Sawyer Smith going against a pretty stout Gator defense. Doesn’t seem fair but that’s football. You never know though, Smith might tear up the Gator defense but he’s never gone against a defense as strong as Florida’s.

Our Preseason Prediction

Florida 31, Kentucky 27

In-Season 14Powers.com Prediction

Florida 28, Kentucky 20

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 6:00 PM CT (7:00 PM ET). Watch on the ESPN Network.

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