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Florida vs. Kentucky - 9/8/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kentucky Wildcats (1-0) at Florida Gators (1-0)
Date & Time Saturday September 8, 2018, 7:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Florida Gators -14 -- Over/Under: 49.5
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CFB | Kentucky Wildcats (1-0) at Florida Gators (1-0)
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The Florida Gators and the Kentucky Wildcats face off om Saturday in the Swamp in week 2 SEC college football action.

The Kentucky  Wildcats will look to build on a 35-20 win over Central Michigan to start the year on a high note. Terry Wilson threw for 78 yards and a pair of interceptions on 11 of 18 passing while Gunnar Hoak tossed for 50 yards and a touchdown on 4 of 9 passing. Benny Snell rushed for 125 yards and 2 touchdowns with his 20 carries while Asim Rose matched that with a pair of TDs of his own along with 104 rushing yards on 8 carries. David Bouvier logged 48 rushing yards and a touchdown on 3 receptions while Lynn Bowden caught a team-high 5 passes in the win. Defensively, Josh Allen recorded a sack while leading Kentucky with 6 tackles as the Wildcats held Central Michigan to just 255 yards of total offense in the win. 

The Florida Gators will look to build on a 53-6 rout of Charleston Southern in their season opener. Feleipe Franks threw for 219 yards and 5 touchdowns on 16 of 24 passing, while Dameon Pierce led the gators with 75 rushing yards on 8 carries and Kyle Trask added a rushing touchdown as well in the win. Freddie Swain led the Florida receiving corps with 57 receiving yards while Van Jefferson caught a team-high 4 passes for 34 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Trevon Grimes added 50 receiving yards and a touchdown while Tyrie Cleveland and Josh Hammond each added a TD grab in the winning effort.Defensively, John Huggins logged an interception and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson led the Gators with 4 tackles, including a pair of sacks as Florida held Charleston Southern to just 225 yards of total offense in the victory.

Kentucky is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 conference matchups and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record. Florida is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 conference matchups and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 home games against a team with a winning road record. The favorite is 9-2 in the last 11 meetings between these two teams.

Florida appears to have finally got their feet underneath them and look ready to put last season’s disappointing year behind them. Kentucky played well, but the quarterback play leaves something to be desired as Benny Snell can’t do it all on his own and if the Gators can stop the run, I think this one could get ugly. However, 3 of the last 4 meetings between these two sides have been decided by single digits, so while I see Florida getting the win, I’m going to take a shot and say that Kentucky does enough to keep this one within the line so I’ll take a shot with Kentucky and the points.

Kentucky +14

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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