LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- This series isn’t pretty. Florida owns it 46-17. 26 in a row. It’s the longest active streak in college football. In the past five years the Gators have outscored the Cats 238-36. All that being said Kentucky has a chance to beat the Gators Saturday night in Commonwealth Stadium.
The last time Kentucky beat Florida was 1986. The Cats outlasted the Gators 10-3 in Commonwealth Stadium that day.
I’ve seen and covered a bunch of meetings between these two teams. There was the 45-37 shootout back in 2007 between Tim Tebow and Andre Woodson with ESPN’s College Gameday in the house. The game that hurts Kentucky fans most was 2003. Kentucky had Florida beat with Jared Lorenzen pulling the trigger at quarterback for UK. The Gators mounted a late comeback and won 24-21. It took place during a time Florida would like to forget, or we call it the Ron Zook era. With him at the helm Kentucky let a perfect opportunity slip through their fingers. For some reason the Will Muschamp era at Florida feels very Zookian. Since he took over in 2011 the mighty program Urban Meyer built up has been on a slow but steady decline.
They are still Florida. They still have the talent, but for the first time in a long time the Gators appear beatable.
Do the Cats have the talent in order to pull off the upset Saturday night at Commonwealth? Probably not. Do I think Kentucky can beat Florida on Saturday night? Yes. That being said, I’ll believe it when I see it.
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