The Florida football team squares off against the Kentucky Wildcats in Lexington on Saturday. The Gators have won 26 straight games against the Wildcats. UF leads the all-time series 46-17 including an 18-10 mark in Lexington. The Gators shut out the Wildcats 38-0 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium last season.
Florida starting quarterback Tyler Murphy will be making his first career start against Kentucky. Murphy filled in admirably for quarterback Jeff Driskel against Tennessee after Driskel went down with a season ending injury. Murphy was 8-for-14 for 134 yards and a touchdown and he added 84 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground to lead Florida to the 31-17 win over the Vols.
The Gators and Murphy will look have success offensively against a Kentucky defense that held Louisville’s Heisman hopeful quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in check. Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease says he expects the Wildcats to have some schemes after having an open week to prepare.
Florida head coach Will Muschamp says Kentucky has some playmakers on the defensive side of the football.
The Orange and Blue suffered another setback after defensive tackle Dominique Easley was lost for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. The Gator defense has held opponents to 14 points a game, 14th in the nation, and rank in the top 10 in total defense in the NCAA. Florida defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin says the injury will be an opportunity for their young linemen to step up.
Muschamp reiterated this week that the focus in practice and in team meetings isn’t about the streak against Kentucky but this year’s Wildcats. He says he has confidence in his signal caller for Florida’s first SEC road game of the season.
ESPN 850-WRUF’s coverage of the Gators and Wildcats begins at 4pm Saturday.