The No. 14(BCS) Florida Gators and No.8 Kentucky Wildcats have one thing in common. Both teams previous opponent on the football field was the No.1 (at the time) LSU Tigers. Florida lost on Oct. 6 at Death Valley 24-28 and Kentucky beat LSU 43-37 in three overtimes last Saturday. With the week off, the Florida football team was able to sit back and watch the Wildcats beat LSU at Commonwealth Stadium, the venue where the Gators will play the Wildcats at 3:30 p.m. ET in front of a national CBS television audience. Commonwealth Stadium will also be the site for the ESPN Game Day show with Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard.
The interesting thing is, Florida, who hasn’t won since its narrow 30-24 win over Ole Miss in Oxford on Sept. 22, is favored to beat Kentucky by a touchdown (-6 ½ points) and -260 on the money line, according to oddsmakers at online sportsbook Sportsbook.com.
Gamblers are jumping all over the Wildcats on the money line with 72 percent of bets placed; however, 61 percent of side wagers are on the Gators. The UNDER is expected to go below the posted 64 point total.
Florida leads the all-time series 40-17 and has won 20 consecutive over the Wildcats, a record that could be in jeopardy this weekend. The Gators also hold a 15-10 advantage when playing in Lexington.
Kentucky now has a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate in Andre' Woodson. The senior quarterback completed 21 of 38 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns in the win against LSU. His seven-yard completion to Steve Johnson in the third overtime was the eventual game-winner for the Wildcats. He also rushed three times for 16 yards, including a 12-yard TD run. Woodson directed a UK offense that scored 27 points and had 333 yards in regulation – the most LSU had given up this season.
Florida sophomore quarterback Tim Tebow, who’s Heisman chatter has died down of late, has a passer rating of 173.1 and is the fourth-highest in the nation. He has completed 65.5 percent of his passes, which is the 23rd-highest mark in the country and is the second best in the SEC. Percy Harvin is first on the team with 698 all-purpose yards and is averaging 116.3 yards per game. He has rushed for 185 yards on 27 carries and has a team-leading 32 catches for 513 yards.
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