Kentucky football finds itself atop the SEC East standings and now faces No. 20-Florida in a key Week 4 matchup.
The Wildcats (3-0, 1-0 SEC) host the Gators (1-1, 1-0 SEC) and look to break a 31-year losing streak. Of course, there’s more at stake than just the end — or continuation — of the nation’s longest current rivalry losing streak. A win over Florida would mean Kentucky is very much a contender in a crowded SEC East race.
Here’s what fans need to know before the Kentucky-Florida football game on Saturday:
Kentucky-Florida game time, details
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- Date: Sept. 23, 2017
- Location: Kroger Field, Lexington, Ky.
- Spread: Florida minus-4
What TV channel is the Kentucky-Florida football game on?
The Kentucky-Florida football game will be broadcast by the SEC Network.
How can I watch the Kentucky-Florida football game online?
Fans can watch the Kentucky-Florida football game online at WatchESPN.com or via the WatchESPN app.
How can I listen to the Kentucky-Florida football game on the radio?
Fans in Lexington can listen to the Kentucky-Florida football game on 630 AM or 98.1 FM, and fans in Louisville can hear the game on 840 AM. The game will also be broadcast on satellite radio on XM 191 or Sirius 138.
Kentucky-Florida football preview, keys to the game
3. Pressure Feleipe Franks
The Gators offense has been one of the worst in the SEC in the early stages of the season. Florida ranks 12th in the SEC in rushing yards per game (89.5) while Kentucky’s run defense is No. 3 in the country and tops in the SEC, allowing just 57 yards per game on the ground. If Kentucky can make Florida reliant on the pass, the Blitz Brothers — Denzil Ware and Josh Allen — can key on Franks. It could be a tough spot for the redshirt freshman quarterback.
2. Control the clock
This key for Kentucky could be copy and pasted every week. A look at Kentucky’s first three games of the season shows the Wildcats prefer to play low-scoring games. Sure, the Cats would like to score more points, but Kentucky is undefeated behind a mix of stingy defense and a ground game on offense that accelerates clock and keeps its defense off the field. Saturday figures to be another low-scoring affair, and Kentucky is just fine with that.
1. Embrace the SEC environment
Kentucky’s game last Saturday in Columbia, S.C., showed the Wildcats what an SEC environment is like. Kentucky was able to take the fans out of the game early, but Kentucky coach Mark Stoops and athletic director Mitch Barnhart are asking Big Blue Nation to show up against the Gators. Kentucky didn’t sell out a single game last season, but Florida is likely to face a capacity crowd at Kroger Field on Saturday.