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By The Associated Press
Kentucky (1-2) at No. 14 Florida (3-0), 12:21 p.m. (SEC Network)
Line: Florida by 24.
Series record: Florida leads 45-17.
WHAT’S AT STAKE
The nation’s longest active winning streak in a current series between Football Bowl Subdivision teams. The Gators have won 25 in a row against Kentucky, a streak that dates to 1986. It’s been even longer since the Wildcats won in Gainesville (1979).
Florida’s secondary vs. Kentucky’s passing attack. The Wildcats lead the Southeastern Conference in passing and rank 13th in the nation, averaging 322 yards a game and scoring eight times through the air. The Gators rank 10th in the league against the pass, but should pose Kentucky’s toughest matchup yet this season.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Kentucky: QB Maxwell Smith has completed 68.5 percent of his passes for 966 yards and eight TDs. The sophomore ranks second in the SEC and 16th nationally in total offense per game (316.3 yards). He likely won’t have to face one of Florida’s best pass rushers. DT Dominique Easley is questionable with a knee injury.
Florida: RB Mike Gillislee leads the SEC with 346 yards rushing and has four touchdowns. He has been slowed the last two weeks by a groin injury, but the Gators insist he will be ready to go against the Wildcats.
FACTS & FIGURES
Last four meetings essentially were over early, with Florida outscoring Kentucky by a combined 94-3 in the first quarter. … In 22 years at Kentucky — two as head coach, four as a player and 16 as an assistant — Joker Phillips has never beaten Florida. … The Wildcats are 9-1 under Phillips when having fewer turnovers than their opponent. … Kentucky is beginning a stretch of three games against ranked teams, facing No. 14 Florida, No. 7 South Carolina and No. 23 Mississippi State. … The Gators have been a second-half team in 2012, outscoring teams 50-13 after halftime and 27-0 in the fourth quarter. … Sophomore Jeff Driskel is the first QB in school history to open his career by winning two road starts.