Kentucky travels to Florida in Week 2, hoping desperately to break one of the most dubious streaks the SEC has ever seen.
The Wildcats haven’t beaten the Gators since 1986. That’s 29 consecutive losses in arguably the most lopsided annual series showcased by the conference. If UK falls to UF on Saturday, we’re talking three full decades.
Fourth-year coach Mark Stoops and Co. have been close recently. Two years ago in Gainesville, they took Florida to triple overtime before falling 36-30. Last season in Lexington, they mounted a fourth-quarter comeback that came up just short, 14-9. The gap in talent between the two programs has been more narrow than usual.
With second-year coach Jim McElwain rebuilding the Gators, a curse-breaking victory would cool Stoops’s seat considerably.
“Each and every season, each team is totally different from another,” Stoops said Wednesday on the league’s weekly coaches teleconference. “The fact that we played Florida well the past two games, the...
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