Gameday: No. 14 Florida Gators vs. Kentucky

Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Gainesville, FL [Capacity: 88,548]
Weather Forecast: 86°F, partly cloudy, winds NNE at 4 mph
Time: 12:21 p.m. EDT

TV: SEC Network (Dave Neal, Andre Ware, Cara Capuano) [Affiliates]
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(14) FLORIDA GATORS KENTUCKY WILDCATS
Head Coach: Will Muschamp Head Coach: Joker Phillips
Record: 3-0 (2-0 SEC) Record: 1-2 (0-0 SEC)
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Southeastern
Roster | Schedule Roster | Schedule

Odds: Florida -24; O/U 52.5

HOMEWORK

Need to catch up on what happened with the Gators over the last week? No problem. OGGOA has been here the whole time posting a ton of information so you can do your homework on the team before its next exam on Saturday.

McCray making a difference | Pease evaluates the offense | Gators’ confidence growing | Quinn: Depth has improved defense | Focus the key for Florida

EXTRA CREDIT: Four things Florida must do to take down Kentucky

HISTORY / STREAKS

» Florida is looking to extend its 25-game winning streak against Kentucky, which dates back to 1987. The Gators are 45-17 all-time against the Wildcats and an equally impressive 25-4 in Gainesville. UF is also 31-1 against UK since 1980.
» Florida is 9-1 against unranked opponents and 1-5 against ranked teams since Muschamp took over the program in 2011. Kentucky is 11-8 against unranked teams and 1-8 against ranked opponents since Phillips took the reins in 2010.
» UF offensive coordinator Brent Pease spent two years at UK in the same position.
» The Gators have opened their campaign 3-0 for the eighth-straight season.
» Florida was 0-5 when trailing at the half in 2011 but has started the 2012 season 2-0 in that category with both victories coming against league opponents.
» The Gators are 6-0 under Muschamp when rushing for more than 150 yards and 0-4 when rushing for fewer than 100 yards. Florida is also 7-2 when holding opponents to fewer than 21 points and 7-3 when scoring first.
» UF has scored in all but one (11-of-12) quarters so far in 2012.
» Florida has converted just 11-of-41 third-down attempts (26.8 percent) this season.
» The Gators have held their opponents to 14-of-47 on third down (29.8 percent); UF was second nationally in third-down defense (27.3 percent) last season.
» Florida has at least two kickoff returns for touchdowns in each of the last two seasons after never having more than one in a single season before 2010.
» The Gators are outscoring opponents 50-13 in the second half and 27-0 in the fourth quarter through three games this season.
» Florida is out-possessing opponents by an average of 7:38 through three games.
» The Gators are +3 in turnover margin through three games after being -12 in 2011. UF has forced the most turnovers in the SEC (322) since 2000.
» Kentucky enters the game first in the SEC and 13th nationally in passing offense (322 yards per game).
» The Wildcats have not defeated a ranked opponent since 2010.
» UK is 9-1 under Phillips when winning the turnover margin, 3-15 otherwise.
» Kentucky is first in the SEC and 11th nationally in fewest yards penalized per game. The Wildcats have committed 12 total penalties through three games.

LAST TIME OUT

Florida captured its 25th-straight victory over Kentucky when the programs met last season with the Gators defeating the Wildcats 48-10 in Lexington, KY. It was the third-straight meeting in which UF scored 41 or more points against UK. Florida got out to an early 21-3 lead in the first quarter, piling up three touchdowns in the first 11:21. The Gators extended that advantage to 31-0 at the half thanks in part to a fumble return touchdown by defensive tackle Jaye Howard. Florida did not allow Kentucky to score in the second half, adding 17 more points including two long touchdown runs – an 84-yard burst by Jeff Demps and 60-yard scamper by Mike Gillislee. UF had three players (Demps, Gillislee and Chris Rainey) rush for over 84 yards in the contest.

Read the rest of the Florida-Kentucky preview including injuries and absences and which players to look out for from both sides of the field.
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