College football fans around the country are aware of the Gators offensive struggles this year. Due to the insane success over recent years, the Gators get a lot of publicity. The Kentucky Wildcats are a different story. Despite having the most explosive offense they’ve had in years and two of the most exciting players in the SEC, most people have not heard about the 2010 Cats. This night game in Gainesville this Saturday could be very exciting. Let’s break it down and see what we can expect come 7pm at the Swamp!
The 2010 Florida Gators
Yes, we all know about the offensive struggles. While legitimate, I think most fans are overreacting somewhat. Yes, there are the bad snaps and some fumbles during the first three games of the year, but most of the offensive struggles are simply part of the process of getting this new offense together and in sync. I think as the Gators move forward, they will gel better and have a more cohesive attack.
With that said, there is some cause for concern with regards to the overall offensive system in my opinion. Steve Addazio took over when Dan Mullen left to be head coach of Mississippi State. Addazio’s first year wasn’t pretty, but he had Tebow to make things happen for him. Urban Meyer and Addazio might be clutching on to their spread offense despite having a talented quarterback that would probably thrive better in a more traditional passing attack. I will be watching to see how the coaching staff adjusts to make the system fit their personnel – this is a similar criticism to what we saw when Urban Meyer brought his offense to Florida and had Chris Leak at QB.
Turning to defense, the Gators appear to be putting together an incredible defense. The talent on this side of the ball is young and fierce. Linebacker Jon Bostic is looking very good. Several freshmen are already making a huge impact including safeties Matt Elam and Joshua Shaw, defensive tackle Shariff Floyd and defensive end Ronald Powell.
Definitely the most exciting matchup in this game will be the explosive Kentucky offense against this tough Gator defense.
The 2010 Kentucky Wildcats
This year it’s all about offense for the Cats. The offense is averaging 44.3 points a game through three games (11th in the country). Granted this is against the defenses of Louisville, Western Kentucky and Akron, but the talent is definitely there. The talent primarily comes in the form of one Derrick Locke and Randall Cobb, the dual threat attack for the 2010 Wildcats. Just before the season started, ESPN’s Mel Kiper called Randall Cobb the best all around player in college football because of his versatility.
How can this dynamic duo do against easily the toughest defense they’ve faced in 2010? The Gators have a completely different set of talent from the Akron Zips. Last year, neither Cobb or Locke found the end zone against Florida.
For Kentucky, this is the first real test that will shine much light on how good the 2010 Cats really are. They’ve been impressive in their first three games, but finally start their tough march through the SEC this Saturday.
For the Gators, I hate to call this a “tune-up” game prior to next week’s game in Tuscaloosa, because frankly, if the Gators overlook the Wildcats, they might find themselves fighting late to win the game. The Gators needs to focus on this game in order to win this game, while making improvements and adjustments that will help them both next week against Alabama and for the rest of the 2010 schedule.
We might see some fireworks Saturday night in the Swamp. I don’t think you want to miss this game.