Sooo, I'm not in Lexington, KY today. I was going to go -- then not -- and ultimately was given the weekend off.
But we can't have a gameday without picks, thoughts, etc, right?
GAINESVILLE -- Tyler Murphy will make his first-career start Saturday at Kentucky.
Déjà vu anyone?
Exactly 10 years ago, former Gators quarterback Chris Leak — then a wide-eyed freshman — made his first career start in Commonwealth Stadium and delivered a marquee fourth-quarter performance.
Florida (2-1, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) rallied from a 21-3 deficit to win 24-21 — its largest road comeback in school history.
Murphy, a redshirt junior, hopes his first start doesn’t come down to a frenetic finish, but he’s excited either way.
“I’ll have butterflies,” he said. “I’ll be anxious, but you know, I’ll get out there and maybe complete my first pass. Once I get hit, I think I’ll be fine. I don’t think it will be as bad as it was this [past] week.”
Tough week. I went a pedestrian 3-3 -- but with two brutal losses.
As I jokingly tweeted:
A late Tennessee touchdown screwed up Florida’s cover and the under (which I suggested taking).
Anyways, on to another weekend.
Scoreboard: 16-9 ATS, 1-2 selecting Florida games
This week's six-pack:
South Carolina (-7) at Central Florida
West Virginia (+23.5) vs. Oklahoma State
Georgia (-3) vs. LSU
Washington (-7) vs. Arizona
Texas A&M (-3.5) at Arkansas
And finally, Kentucky (-13.5) vs. Florida. I’d prefer to cheat again and lay the under (-46). The Gators are a battered bunch. I believe they’ll win -- and they must if they’re going to somehow salvage a season decimated by injuries -- but it promises to be another ugly, ugly game. Maybe it will be no Driskel, no Easley, no problem. We’ll see. I have my doubts.
Enjoy the game, everybody.
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