No 15 Florida Gators visit Kentucky Wildcats in NCAA Betting Odds
Thursday, September 22, 2011
by Bodog Sportsbook
Are the Florida Gators back among the nation’s elite programs after last year’s 8-5 disappointment? They just might be as No. 15 UF has looked pretty dominant so far and Florida isn’t likely to get a test Saturday when it travels to Kentucky. The Gators are 20-point favorites on Bodog’s NCAA football odds.
Kentucky Wildcats (2-1) enters off a 24-17 loss to state-rival Louisville. The UK offense has struggled so far this season, with the Wildcats ranking 108th in the nation in passing yards (155.3 ypg), 92nd in rushing (119.3 ypg) and 100th in scoring (19.3). Junior QB Morgan Newton has been just so-so through three games, completing 55.8 percent of his passes for 466 yards with four TDs and four interceptions. Kentucky's running game was woeful Saturday vs. the Cardinals without starter Raymond Sanders, running for just 35 yards on 32 carries. Sanders, who had arthroscopic knee surgery last week, will also miss this week's game.
The Florida Gators defense has been a strength as it ranks first in the country in rush defense with Florida (3-0) allowing just 30.7 rushing yards per game in three games. Last week in a 33-23 win over Tennessee, the Vols had minus-9 rushing yards. The Gators also are No. 6 in the nation in scoring defense, having allowed just 26 points on the season.
Chris Rainey was the offense star for UF against Tennessee as he had 108 yards rushing and 104 receiving, including an 83-yard TD. It was Florida's longest pass play since Danny Wuerffel and Jacquez Green hooked up for an 85-yard score in 1996. Rainey became the first Florida player since Percy Harvin in 2007 to have 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in the same game.
How uneven has this series been? Florida has won an incredible 24 straight vs. Kentucky. It's currently the nation's second-longest streak against a major conference foe, behind the Wildcats' 26-game skid to Tennessee. UF won this matchup 48-14 last year and has won the last three games by a combined 152-26 score.
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