Saturday, November 18, 2017
Colleges

College football scouting report: No. 14 Florida Gators vs. Kentucky Wildcats, 12:20 p.m. Saturday, Ch. 38, 620-AM

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For the fourth consecutive week the Gators (3-0, 2-0 SEC) will face a team with a quarterback that's tough to contend with. UK QB Maxwell Smith ranks second in the SEC and 16th nationally in total offense (316.3 yards per game), and is 34 yards short of gaining 1,000 passing yards — in three games. Kentucky (1-2, 0-0) has the No. 1 passing offense in the SEC. Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease also served in that role at Kentucky from 2001-02.

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A letdown. The Gators are coming off back-to-back victories on the road, having won in dramatic come-from-behind fashion over Texas A&M and Tennessee. Now they'll face a Kentucky team that once again is struggling and Florida is favored to defeat. With a bye week on the horizon, and No. 2 LSU next on the schedule, it's important the Gators don't get caught up in what has happened so far and forget to focus on the Wildcats. Also, if the Gators are able to gain a sizeable lead, does the staff give QB Jacoby Brissett some playing time to protect starter Jeff Driskel, or allow Driskel to finish the game to gain the needed experience?

Antonya English, Times staff writer

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