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Sep 23

Cats vs Gators Preview

Posted by: Ralph Lee | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: Football

Coming off of its first loss of the season, the Kentucky Wildcats (2-1) will host the Florida Gators (3-0, 1-0) this weekend. The Cats will be looking to find some semblance of an offense while trying to slow down a red hot Florida rushing attack that features two of the fastest players in college football in RBs Chris Rainey and Jeffery Demps. The Cats may have found a consistent receiving target (that can catch the ball) in E.J. Fields; he had 7 catches against Louisville last Saturday. The other problem for the passing attack is that Morgan Newton is not getting a whole lot of time in the pocket; he was under constant duress by the Cardinal’s “D”. That does not boast well for a ridiculed offensive line that must now face one of the fastest defenses in the SEC. The Gators are fresh off of a 10 point victory over Tennessee last week in the Swamp. The Gator’s “D” harassed Vol QB Tyler Bray all afternoon; not to mention the Gators stifled what had been a pretty effective ground game for Tennessee. New coach Will Muschamp has his defense flying to the ball and making plays from sideline to sideline. Meanwhile, he an new offensive coordinator, Charlie Weiss have simplified the offense game plan, putting more of an emphasis on running the ball, thereby taking some of the pressure off of QB John Brantley. UK’s defense has been pretty solid and they seem to play better in the 2nd half of games. The problem is they may want to play good in the 1st half this weekend because if not, the 2nd half could just be a formality. The Cats may need to consider playing 8 in the box early on just to force Brantley to pass more. They will have to be sure tacklers and force everything back to the middle of the field; Rainey and Demps are extremely dangerous if they can hit the corners and stay outside. In fact, the Cats will need to get their own running game cranked up to help alleviate the pressure off of the passing game; last week, the ground game was a non-factor. The Vegas’ odds have the Gators about a 3 touchdown favorite, even on the road. Joker Phillips has been pleased with how his team has practiced this week……….I say it is Florida 36 – Kentucky 17.

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