Florida vs Kentucky 2019 College Football Week 3 Lines & Prediction

Posted by Derrick Harper on September 10, 2019 in

Believe it or not, this will be the first time since 1987 that Kentucky could have a winning streak against the Florida Gators. The Wildcats broke their 31 game losing streak against the Gators last season in the Swamp, as Kentucky defeated Florida 27-16. Florida leads the all time series 51-18.Believe it or not, this will be the first time since 1987 that Kentucky could have a winning streak against the Florida Gators. The Wildcats broke their 31 game losing streak against the Gators last season in the Swamp, as Kentucky defeated Florida 27-16. Florida leads the all time series 51-18.

Both teams enter this weekend with identical 2-0 records. Kentucky has wins over Toledo and Eastern Michigan, while Florida has defeated Miami and Tennessee-Martin.

In last week’s victory over Eastern Michigan, Kentucky lost starting quarterback Terry Wilson for the season with a torn patella tendon. Wilson was replaced by Sawyer Smith.

Smith is a graduate transfer from Troy. This will be his 8th career start. Smith will run into a Gators defense that is ranked ninth in the country. Smith will be leaning heavily on a strong Kentucky rushing attack led by the committee of Kavosley Smoke, A.J. Rose, and Chris Rodriguez. Kentucky’s offense is averaging over 440 yards per game, and is scoring almost 40 points per game.

Let’s take a look at the latest NCAAF Odds while making some predictions.

Florida vs Kentucky 2019 College Football Week 3 Lines & Prediction

Florida Seeking Third Win

Florida’s offense will be led by quarterback Felipe Franks. Last week, Franks looked like an elite quarterback, as he completed 25 of 27 passes for 270 yards and two touchdowns in the Florida victory over Tennessee-Martin. Franks will be looking for redemption against the Wildcats.  In his 2017 start against Kentucky, after throwing 12 passes, he was pulled for backup Luke Del Rio.

Franks got to sit and watch as Del Rio rallied the Gators for a come-from-behind victory. In the 2018 matchup, Franks struggled as he completed only 17 of his 38 passes, while turning the ball over twice in the Gators loss.  On the season, Franks has thrown for 524 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. Franks has only thrown eight incompletions in the first two games. Florida’s rushing attack has been led by Lamical Perine.

Franks has made good connections with Gator receivers Josh Hammond and Van Jefferson. The Gators offense is averaging 423 yards of offense per game Defensively, Kyree Campbell has lead the Gators, He has ten tackles on the season. Jubari Zuniga and Ventrell Miller have led the Gators pass rush, combining for five sacks.

Wildcats Playing D

Kentucky’s defense has been stingy this season. DeAndre Square leads the Wildcats with 16 tackles. Yusuf Corker has 14 tackles in the first two games. In order to stop Franks and the high-power Dan Mullen offense, the Kentucky defense will have to play above and beyond what they have done early this season.

Huge SEC Affair

Kentucky snuck up on a lot of people last season. They had a great year, but lost a lot of key players to graduation and to the NFL draft. Florida is in the second year of the Dan Mullen era, and they are back in the top 10. On paper, it looks like Florida is the more talented team. Florida is an eight point favorite in this game. With their overall speed and athleticism being better than Kentucky’s, we’re looking for a Florida victory. Florida win 31-17.