GAINESVILLE -- In the spirit of this week's World Series, I offer a baseball metaphor to describe the match-up between Florida's offense and Kentucky's defense: The Gators' offense is filled with home run hitters while the Kentucky Wildcats feature a group of steady pitchers and several gold glovers in the outfield.
In other words, the Gators' offense is designed for the big play and Kentucky's defense has been pretty good at limiting big-play offenses. According to UF coach Urban Meyer, all but two of Florida's scoring drives this season have included plays of 15 yards or more. Big plays have helped the Gators maintain the SEC's highest scoring offense (38.5 points per game). Meanwhile, Kentucky leads the league in scoring defense (10.5 points per game).
Many defenses the Gators have faced this season have shown creativity in the hopes of limiting quarterback Tim Tebow and UF's playmakers. Meyer doesn't expect that from Kentucky. Meyer says Kentucky's defense is talented enough to play Florida straight up.
"A lot of guys throw the kitchen sink at you," Meyer said. "These guys don't. They're very fundamental."
With that in mind, Meyer says his offense is focusing on consistency this week. While the Gators' have broken many big plays, UF's offense also stalled plenty during the first half of the season, turning the ball over on three or fewer plays 15 times.
"Kentucky doesn't give you the shots," Meyer said. "They're going to play how they play coverage-wise and force you to methodically work the ball down the field, which is something we haven't been great at. So it's a heck of a challenge."
JESSE PALMER 'SHOCKED'
Former Florida quarterback turned ESPN talent Jesse Palmer said on ESPN College Football Live that he was "shocked" Florida was only ranked No.10 in the initial BCS standings. Apparently Palmer has already forgotten about the Gators' lost to Ole Miss. The computer formulas used to help determine the BCS standings certainly have not.
WEEKEND WARRIOR WILBUR HACKETT
Wilbur Hackett Jr., weekend referee, played football at Kentucky from 1967-1970. He was a linebacker. Last Saturday he rekindled the glory days and dropped the hammer on South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia.
TEXAS QB COLT MCCOY PIMPS DRUG STORE
Straight from the archives of the Abilene, Texas, television station KTAB (circa Dec. 2003) , it's the video of Colt McCoy you've probably never seen. Did McCoy really get a needle stuck in his arm for this commercial? Ouch! Hope that scene only had one take.