By: CJ Rooks (CJrooks0415)
Tyler Murphy‘s first start of his college football career will be this Saturday. The redshirt junior has waited patiently for his chance. He has been asked to change positions, watched other players jump him on the depth chart, but now it’s his time. History tells us this is a game that Florida will win, but they better be extra careful. Looking pass an opponent is not something this team can afford.
The Gators have won 26 straight games against the Wildcats. You have to go all the way back to 1986 to find the last time Kentucky beat the Gators. The majority of Gator fans are overly confident that their team will handle business. Why shouldn’t they be? It’s the same old Wildcats. Or is it?
New head coach Mark Stoops has brought a different mentality to the program. His kids are buying into his message and they are confident. An average fan would look at the Wildcats schedule and ask who have they beaten? However, it’s not about wins and losses for this program currently. It is about being competitive. Kentucky was only down 10-3 at halftime against the 7th ranked Louisville Cardinals. Heisman Trophy candidate Teddy Bridgewater had a rather mundane game by his standards throwing for one touchdown. If you watched that game Bridgewater did not dominate like we are all accustomed to seeing. Then you have the factor of the bye week. Kentucky is well rested and healing up while Florida has lost their starting quarterback and as of yesterday stud defensive tackle Dominique Easley. Those types of injuries can affect a team mentally. It is hard for any team to replace a starting quarterback and Easley might be the best player on this talented defense. Gator fans as I said before, you better hold on to your seats. This Kentucky team will put up a fight, and it won’t be their usual catfight.
Kickoff is at 7:00pm which also doesn’t bode well for the Gators. That just gives more time for the fans to get even rowdier. Add the fact that the Gators have a new quarterback and you could be looking at a perfect recipe for disaster. The Gators also need to be careful about playing down to Kentucky’s talent level and committing bad mistakes. This has happened before. Don’t we all remember that painful Miami game? Coach Muschamp needs to have his team ready. If there is one thing college football has taught us it’s the fact that win streaks are meant to be broken and on any Saturday a team could have a bad day and lose.
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