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Florida Gators at Kentucky Wildcats: Will the Streak End?

Dominique Easley

Dominique Easley will be missed in Gainesville

The Florida Gators hold the longest win streak in the nation of one team over another with 26 straight wins over the Kentucky Wildcats. The Gators lead the all time series 46-17, which means this was once a competitive series at 20-17. In the last 26 years, the Gators have rarely even been in a tough game with the Wildcats. In only five of the 26 games during the streak have the Wildcats even been within one touchdown by the end of the game.

This year, the Wildcats come into the game with a new head coach who may have them believing things have changed. Mark Stoops knows the Gators well having come over from the Florida State Seminoles. The Gators also come into the game missing their starting quarterback (Jeff Driskel) who is out for the year and also one of their top defensive stars in Dominique Easley who is also done for the season. If ever there was a time for UK to end the streak, this looks like the time.

The Wildcats have not played in two weeks. They gave the Louisvlle Cardinals a tough time at home two weeks ago. The Cardinals are ranked in the top ten while Florida is #20. Plus, the cardinals beat the Gators last January rather easily in the Sugar Bowl. So the Cats are certainly capable of upsetting a depleted Gators squad. Florida will have Tyler Murphy at quarterback, making his first start at UF. He played well subbing for the injured Driskel a week ago against Tennessee, leading the Gators to a 31-17 win after coming into the game down 7-0.

However, this is a start and it is on the road, two things he has yet to experience from the field. It could be a bit difficult should UK get off to a fast start. UK’s defense has been their better side thus far. It is UK’s offense that has struggled. Will they be able to attack the swarming Gators defense who will still be very good even without Easley? That is the big question.

Betonline has the odds on this and other SEC games for Saturday:

Florida at Kentucky– Florida is -11.5 -110 and UK is +11.5 ATS. Moneyline is Florida -445 and Kentucky +370. Over/Under is 48 with over -115 and under -105. We are going to take UK and the 11.5 points and take the under -105.

South Alabama at Tennessee– South Alabama is +16.5 -110 and Tennessee is -16.5 -110. Moneyline is South Alabama +60 and Tennessee -780. Over/under is 54.5 with both -110. Tennessee should cover in this one. We’ll take the Vols -16.5 and the over -110.

Texas A&M at Arkansas– The Hogs come off a disappointing loss to Rutgers last week. A&M is -13.5 -110 and the Hogs are +13.5 -110 ATS. Moneyline is A&M -585 and Arkansas +470. O/U is 63.5 with over -116 and under -104. Johnny Football will have a big day as usual in this one. We like A&M -13.5 and the over -116.

UAB at Vanderbilt– UAB is +20 -110 and the Commodores are -20 -110 ATS. Moneyline is UAB +760 and Vandy is -1030. Over/Under is 58 with over both -110. We like Vanderbilt -1030 but 20 points is an awful lot. We like UAB +20 and the under -110.

Arkansas State at Missouri– ASU is +21.5 -105 and the Tigers are -21.5 -115 ATS. Moneyline has the Red Wolves +970 and Mizzou -1400. O/U is 62.5 with both -110. We like the Tigers to cover the spread. Take Mizzou -21.5 and the over -110.

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