College football odds: Kentucky at No. 14 Florida
It’s been one of the most lopsided “rivalries” in SEC history as Kentucky looks to snap a 25-game losing streak to Florida on Saturday. The Gators are 24-point favorites on WagerWeb.com.
The Gators could just as easily be 0-3 as 3-0 this season but climbed to No. 14 in the polls with a 37-20 win at Tennessee on Saturday. Jeff Driskel threw two touchdown passes and Trey Burton ran for a pair of scores as Florida scored the game’s final 24 points to beat the Vols. The Gators have won eight straight against their SEC East rivals, and for the second straight week came from behind on the road to win a conference game. The Gators (3-0, 2-0) rallied from a 17-10 halftime deficit to win 20-17 at Texas A&M in their previous game. Florida lost all five games it trailed at halftime last season.
Kentucky was embarrassed at home 32-31 in overtime by Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers went for the win after Antonio Andrews pulled them within a point on a 2-yard touchdown run. Quarterback Kawaun Jakes threw a lateral to Andrews, who threw back to Jakes to clinch the victory. The defeat ended a 19-game winning streak for Kentucky over opponents from outside Bowl Championship Series conferences, dating back to a 28-16 loss to Ohio on Oct. 2, 2004.Most people think coach Joker Phillips will be fired after this season.
Cats QB Maxwell Smith entered the game ranked 24th nationally in total offense but struggled from the outset before coming to life late, completing 37 of 60 passes for 332 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions. Smith came in having not thrown an interception in 89 pass attempts.
Kentucky ranks high nationally in several categories entering the week, including first in the SEC and 13th nationally in passing offense with 322 passing yards per game. Smith leads that charge for Kentucky, ranking first in the SEC in both completions and passing yards per game, while also sitting third and 10th nationally in those categories, respectively.
Kentucky and Florida will meet for the 63rd time in school history on Saturday. Florida leads the all-time series 45-17. The Gators hold a 25-4 advantage in Gainesville. Kentucky’s last win in Gainesville was a 31-3 victory in 1979. The Gators have won 25 consecutive meetings with the Wildcats, dating back to the 1987 season. UF defeated Kentucky 48-10 last season in Lexington.
WagerWeb.com trends: Favorite is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings. Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. Wildcats are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 meetings.