Kentucky Wildcats Football: Florida Gators Preview

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The outlook for this weekend has changed significantly from the beginning of this year to today. A series of unfortunate injuries has altered the depth chart and schemes in general for Florida and an emerging Kentucky defense has played far beyond the talent on the roster for two consecutive games to give fans some hope.

The team that executes its game plan the best will likely come out on top and that’s a far cry from the assumed loss this contest was considered to be a month ago to UK fans.


Aug 31, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Kentucky Wildcats quarterback Jalen Whitlow (2) looks to pass against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

When Kentucky has the ball:
We’re 1/4 of the way through the season and it’s still tough to get a feel for exactly WHAT this offense is. We know that the offensive line has played beyond their anticipated capabilities at times and that the running back position is a clear strength. We know that the receivers are electric but young and this prone to making mistakes. The quarterback position though, is still a huge question mark even after three full games.

On one hand, Maxwell Smith makes few mistakes and is accurate, but he also takes a lot of unnecessary hits and has been injury prone throughout his time at UK. On the other hand, Jalen Whitlow can be a threat to pick up yards on the ground in bunches and has more big-play ability, but his accuracy is questionable at times and he has struggled to perform as the team’s starter.

With Smith currently nursing an injury, there’s no telling who or what we will see against Florida from the passing game, so a strong rushing attack will be imperative to Kentucky’s chances for success.

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