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State fodder: Crocodile Dundee and tougher foes ahead for UM, UCF

Paul Hogan, also known as Crocodile Dundee, had the top movie the last time Kentucky beat Florida in football.
Paul Hogan, also known as Crocodile Dundee, had the top movie the last time Kentucky beat Florida in football.
Published Sep. 8, 2016

UF streaking

The Gators' 29 consecutive wins over Kentucky is the longest active, uninterrupted streak over an opponent in the country. Here's what the world was like on UF's last loss in the series — Nov. 15, 1986:

Billboard's No. 1 single: Amanda by Boston

No. 1 movie in theaters (according to Box Office Mojo): Crocodile Dundee

Nationwide gasoline price: 73 cents per gallon

Jim McElwain: Graduate assistant at Eastern Washington

Luke Del Rio: Eight years away from being born; his dad was a second-year NFL linebacker with the New Orleans Saints

Praising UF

Although the Gators' offense seemed to sputter in the opener, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said it will present a challenge this week. Stoops praised Florida's receivers and called Del Rio "very efficient" in his first start. "They're everything that you would expect from a Florida team," said Stoops, whose defense allowed 34 unanswered points in a loss to Southern Miss last week.

Eye on the NFL

Florida CB Jalen Tabor didn't help his potential first-round draft stock with a one-game suspension he earned by fighting with TE C'yontai Lewis during fall camp. But he can help himself by rebounding today. Scouts will scrutinize every bit of his performance, from how he fares on the field against a potentially explosive Kentucky offense to how he looks interacting with teammates on the sidelines.

Owls after UM

QB Brad Kaaya had an easy day against Florida A&M last week for No. 25 Miami but could face some pressure this week from Florida Atlantic. Owls DE Trey Hendrickson had 2 ½ tackles for a loss in the opener and recorded 13 sacks during his junior season. The other starting end, Haiden Nagel (Sickles High) had a sack, and linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair (Hillsborough High) looks like a rising star.

Knights head north

As expected, UCF's offense showed signs of growth in its opener. The Knights' 91 plays were their most since 2002, and they put up more points (38) and yards (462) than any game last year. Don't expect that to continue today at No. 5 Michigan. The Wolverines have one of the nation's top all-around defensive players (Jabrill Peppers) and racked up 10 tackles for a loss in their opener.