The Wildcats losing streak to Florida is hard to believe
Kentucky has not beat the University of Florida in football since September of 1986. I was born in 1987 and I lived in Florida for over 10 years, so this horrible streak is very personal to me.
Not only have I, like many other fans, never seen UK beat Florida but I have also had to hear about it from Gator fans regularly. Year after year the BBN will debate whether or not “this is the year” that the Cats can end the 30+ year year losing streak. It has almost became comical at this point, I emphasize almost.
It was all Gators in The Swamp!
Mark Stoops 6th season as head coach will be no different, the fan base will once again be charged up at the idea of finally getting a victory over Florida. This could be a feather in Mark Stoops hat if he can be the first coach since Jerry Claiborne to beat the University of Florida in football.
The task will be even taller in the year 2018 as the game will be September 6th in the swamp.
I attended the game in Gainesville in 2014 where Kentucky lost a heart-breaker in triple overtime. The infamous 0:00 showing on the time clock before Florida snapped the ball scoring a touchdown and tearing UK fans hearts out.
It was blistering hot that evening and I can remember everything about that game. The crowd in the swamp cannot be put into words. The roar from 90,000 people Gator chomping is like having 15 players on the field.
The streak itself will be a big enough challenge, when you add the home crowd advantage inside the swamp and the task becomes monumental.
Kentucky has had several golden opportunities during the Mark Stoops era to beat the University of Florida. The Gators program has been down overall recently and Kentucky has been on the uptick. Still, it has not happened.
The 2014 triple over-time loss in Gainesville was followed by a 14-9 loss in Lexington the following year. Coming up that close and losing was really devastating and gave this streak even more fuel.
Can Kentucky win?
UK will have the tools to get the job done this year. The offense should be able to score enough points to put the team in a position to win.
In my opinion, Benny Snell will need to have a career game in the swamp for Kentucky to pull out a victory. He has proven he is capable.