GAMEDAY CENTRAL: Kentucky-Florida

Justin Rowland, Publisher
Cats Illustrated

Cats Illustrated helps you get ready for Saturday night's big game between Kentucky and Florida with all the information you need to know.

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Florida at Kentucky

Saturday, September 23rd, 7:30 p.m. ET

TV: SEC Network (Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic)

Stadium: Kroger Field

Coaches: Mark Stoops (22-30, 5th season), Jim McElwain (42-25 overall, 6th season/20-9 at UF, 3rd season

2017 records: Kentucky 3-0 (1-0 SEC), Florida 1-1 (1-0 SEC)

Weather Forecast: 80°, 0% chance of rain, 58% humidity, ENE 4 MPH

REQUIRED PREGAME PREP

Four Downs: Matchups to watch | Cats Illustrated staff makes UK-UF picks

How does 30 in a row happen? And why does this year feel different?

News & scoop going into the biggest recruiting weekend of the year

Even former UK players downplay the pressure to break the streak

Matchup Analysis: When Kentucky and Florida have the ball | Ground game key

Kentucky's biggest game since...? | Ask the Expert: Get to know Florida

Cats Illustrated staff makes Week 4 picks | Cats battling SEC foes for JUCO OL

Around the SEC: Plenty of meaningful league games | Sept 19 practice notebook

You might remember these Gators as recruits | 10 first thoughts

Who has the edge? | Seven things to know about the Gators | Johnson on Finebaum

Cats take aim at ending 30 years of frustration

VIDEO VAULT

Mark Stoops meets the media two days before UK-UF

Eli Brown's eating pickles to prepare | Watson: "Punish the ball carrier"

Elam on personal, team improvement | House on UF prep

Hinshaw pleased with Johnson's game, clock management | Gran on prep for Gators

King working to make most of chances | Haynes: Florida makes you pay

Schlarman: UF can get after the QB | Stoops on Florida week, "crazy talk"

Stoops: Jones' injury, WLB situation

BETTING LINES

Westgate: UF -2, 44 O/U, UK +115

Caesar's: UF -2, 44 O/U, UK +120

William Hill: UF -2.5, 44 O/U, UK +115

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Saturday's Storylines

— The streak. It's always going to be the first storyline until it's not a storyline any longer. The three decade mark was passed last year but the Cats have arguably their best chance in quite a while to finally put the long nightmare behind them.

— Program breakthrough opportunity. Beating Florida would also garner national attention for the program. Actually, the program is already getting it and this game is being recognized as one of the better games on the college football slate in Week 4. But beating the Gators would put Kentucky at 4-0 (2-0) and right in the thick of the SEC East race.

— How can you not look ahead to the possibility that Kentucky really could start 6-0 if this game goes their way? With Eastern Michigan and Missouri on the schedule the next two weeks it would be something of an upset if 4-0 didn't turn into 6-0. And that would really be something.

Keys to the Game

— Play sound in the kicking game. That's a bit of a cliche "key" that's easy to fall back on but in an evenly matched game, and with the Gators strong on special teams, playing even or close to it will be important for field position and points. It could make the difference.

— The front seven much continue to play well. If Kentucky's defensive line and linebackers play as well as they've played through three weeks of the regular season it will be tough for the Gators to get much going on offense.

— Rattle Feleipe Franks. This is an extension, in part, of the key listed above. If the front seven does its job then Franks might struggle. This is his first true road game as Florida's starter and while he's got plenty of talent he's also young and has been inconsistent as you would expect. The home crowd will have something to say about this, too.

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