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FLORIDA FIRST LOOK: KENTUCKY

The Florida Gators visit Kentucky on Saturday. Here is your first look at the Wildcats.

SEASON SO FAR

Kentucky (3-0) opened its season with a 24-17 win at Southern Miss. The following week the Wildcats defeated FCS Eastern Kentucky 27-16. Last week UK pulled off its SEC opener with a 23-13 win at South Carolina. The Kentucky offense averages 348 yards per game, 156 rushing and 191 passing. The UK defense is allowing an average of 347 yards a game, 57 rushing and 290 passing. Quarterback Stephen Johnson has been solid for the 'Cats completing 42 of 67 passes for 569 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. He has also rushed for 132 yards. Running back Benny Snell has 272 yards gained on 71 carries (3.8 ypc) for three TDs. Defensively, safety Darius West leads the Wildcats in tackles with 24. Linebacker Josh Allen has three sacks for UK.

INJURIES AND SUSPENSIONSS

09/18/17 LB * Jordan Jones Shoulder is downgraded to doubtful Saturday vs. Florida
08/23/17 WR Dorian Baker Ankle out indefinitely
08/15/17 T Cole Mosier ACL out for season

* Starter

Source: donbest.com

CHALLENGES

This will be a tough game for Florida. They can win but the Gators have to get their passing game going. Kentucky's rushing defense is like a brick wall. They don't allow much on the ground. Florida will have to gain most of its yardage through the air. Playing on the road in front of an excited, optimistic UK crowd will be a challenge in itself. Marks Stoops was all but given up for dead about this time last season but he's looking pretty darn solid right now. Conversely, Jim McElwain was on a pedestal about a year ago but he's starting to find shaky ground. Florida can win this but it won't be as easy as the last 30 meetings between the two schools (all Gator wins).

Saturday game at Kentucky begins at 7:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on the SEC Network.

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