Kentucky vs Florida Gators College Football Prediction

Posted by Peter Boysen on September 7, 2016 in

On Saturday, Kentucky and Florida will meet for the 67th time. The Gators lead the all-time series, 49-17, and they have also won the last 29 meetings between the two teams. The Wildcats came close to an upset a year ago, but the Gators escaped with a 14-9 victory. The Gators were offensively challenged in 2015 but look to sport a more powerful attack with the 2016 campaign. Given that Kentucky has not lost its second game of the year in 19 years, one streak will end — the losing streak against Florida or the winning streak in Week 2. Check out this article before making your college football betting selections for the week.

Kentucky vs #25 Florida College Football Week 2

When: Saturday, September 10, 2016, 3:30pm ET
Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, FL
Radio: Gator IMG Sports Network
Live Stream: SEC Network Live Stream
NCAAF Odds: Florida (-16.5)

Why should you bet on the Wildcats?

The last time Kentucky played down in Florida, wideout Garrett Johnson hauled in two touchdown passes as the Wildcats pushed the Gators to triple overtime. Unfortunately for Kentucky, the Gators prevailed 36-30. Since then, the Gators have ramped up the defense, but their offense still has some kinks to work out, as they showed when they could only put up 24 points on Massachusetts in their opener. If Kentucky plays the same stifling defense that they showed in the first half against Southern Mississippi, then they have a chance to take down their SEC East rival.

Why should you put your money on Florida?

The Gators now have Luke Del Rio at quarterback, and he threw the ball masterfully in Week 1, going 29 for 44 for 256 yards and a pair of scores as Florida waxed the Massachusetts Minutemen. Given the fact that Kentucky saw a 35-10 lead turn into a 44-35 loss to Southern Mississippi in their season opener, it looks like the Wildcat defense provides a lot of opportunities for their opponents to score. Given that Kentucky has a history of starting games strong only to see possible wins fly away, I would expect Florida to hold steady in the first half and then make the Kentucky D crumble after the intermission.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I think the Gators will keep their streak against Kentucky going, but given that Florida only beat UMass by 17, I don’t see them covering a similar spread against the Wildcats. I’m predicting a 20-16 Gator win.