Florida (@1.28) vs Kentucky (@3.5)

Our Prediction:

Florida will win

Florida – Kentucky Match Prediction | 14-09-2019 19:00

The Hurricanes defense, which enjoyed a renaissance of dominance under the direction of Diaz during his time as coordinator, ranked No. The Hurricanes were one of only three teams in FBS to surrender a yards-per-play average of 4.3 or fewer - considered among the most important metrics when evaluating defense in modern day college football. 4 in FBS in total defense in 2018, allowing just 278.9 yards per game.

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UM likely wont be ranked that high in 2019, but it is a group that will still be very good. Miami must replace three starters from their secondary, but that just means the Hurricanes will promote future star Gurvan Hall at safety while Al Blades Jr. 1 in the country in pass defense last season. and DJ Ivey have a chance to be good players at cornerback. The strength of Miamis pass defense will be their edge rushers. The Hurricanes were No. The Hurricanes are deep and talented at that spot and quarterbacks will be put under pressure when they drop back.

It will take a big time effort from guys like Lynn Bowden and the two running backs on the offensive end. The winner of this battle in the trenches will probably win the game. Florida already has 15 sacks in just two games. The big match-up to keep your eye on will be UKs offensive line versus UFs defensive front.

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Miami returns Bubba Baxa at kicker after he made 9-of-12 field goals in 2018 as a true freshman. Jeff Thomas is expected to be UMs primary return man and he is dynamic when he gets the ball in space after averaging 24 yards per punt return. Louis Hedley will be UMs new punter and the hope is that he can bring some stability to that group.

Florida also returns a very strong defense that figures to be one of the better groups in the SEC. UF is loaded at the skill positions with veteran production at receiver and running back. Offensively, Florida will enter year two of executing the Dan Mullen system, which matters in our mind, and UF returns their starting quarterback, Feleipe Franks, who has proven to be an effective college level player.

But protecting him should be priority one. Inside zone reads and Run-Pass Options will still be the core of this offense and UKs success will hinge on its ability to run the ball. Smith is also a good enough athlete to make some plays with his legs. So it is not entirely out of the question for UKs offensive staff to instruct Smith to be delicate with his option keep changes.

Dallas will be a lead back and projects as a player who should crack 1,000 yards this year. Sophomore CamRon Harris is going to be UMs complementary back and has some big play potential whenever he touches the ball. The Hurricanes ranked No. 45 in the country in rushing offense at 191 yards per game. UM must replace Travis Homer, who moved on to the NFL, and now DeeJay Dallas will step in as the starter after rushing for 617 yards and seven touchdowns last year. In terms of the strength of the offensive line, Miamis line is much better at run blocking than pass blocking.

Florida ranked No. 17 in the country in pass efficiency defense in 2018 and the Gators return cornerback CJ Henderson, who is one of the best players at his position in the country. UFs secondary will also be bolstered by the return of cornerback Marco Wilson, who was highly regarded prior to a season ending injury that he suffered in 2018. Florida has some questions at safety to answer and UF must find a way to replace pass rusher Jachai Polite, but regardless the Gators figure to be sound against the pass once again.

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For the last year, theyve had the bad taste in their mouth of being the team that finally allowed Kentucky to break the streak, so theyll come into Lexington pissed and ready to take it to the Cats for four quarters. But the Gators are bringing their A game to Kroger Field in search of revenge for last years upset.

After snapping a thirty-one year losing streak to the Gators last season, that monkey is finally off the Wildcats back heading into this weekends game. Both teams are facing injuries that will impact their play, but this game has large implications regardless. Florida is a much more talented team this go around, though, as they currently sit at #9 in the current AP poll.

On the one hand, Feleipe Franks has done a much better job of making decisions, as his completion percentage sits just under 78 percent through two games. Floridas offense was supposed to take a big step forward this season, but so far, the Gators havent shown that progress. On the other, his yards per pass is only 9.7 yards per completion, which isnt good enough to win games in most offensive systems.