The Kentucky offense has seen drastic improvement this year, ranking fifth in the SEC in yardage (490.0 ypg), but moving the ball up and down the field has not translated on to the scoreboard, as the team ranks 13th in the SEC with 26.7 ppg.
Maxwell Smith has been the most effective quarterback for the Wildcats with 544 yards, four touchdown and zero interceptions, but he is listed as questionable with a shoulder injury. Jalen Whitlow will likely see action regardless of Smith's status. He is completing 63.6 percent of his passes for 286 yards with a touchdown and a pick, and he has some impressive rushing stats as well (160 yards, two TDs).
Jojo Kemp has 167 rushing yards on greater than nine yards per carry. He and Raymond Sanders (153 yards, TD) form a solid one-two punch in the backfield.
Although 14 different receivers have caught a pass for the 'Cats, only Javess Blue (15 receptions, 197 yards, TD) has double-digit receptions.
Stoops has implemented a new defensive scheme in his first year at the helm and the results so far have been outstanding, as the Wildcats are allowing just 23.0 ppg while holding teams to a mere 23 percent success on third down.
Avery Williamson (35 tackles) is one of the conference's top linebackers and he has racked up nearly twice as many stops as any of his teammates. Za'Darius Smith, a junior college transfer, has made a name for himself in his first season with 4.5 sacks.
This matchup already had plenty of intrigue with Kentucky looking much improved under Stoops, but the upset alert is even higher now following the injury to Driskel. The Wildcats proved against a high-powered Louisville squad that they can play great defense, especially at home, but Muschamp and the Gators still have the experience and veteran leadership to pull off this tricky road contest.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Florida 20, Kentucky 17