published Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Florida Gators will defeat UK yet again

OTHER PICKS

South Carolina 27, UCF 24

Missouri 55, Arkansas St. 26

Miami 46, South Florida 9

N. Carolina 38, E. Carolina 13

Pittsburgh 42, Virginia 35

Duke 31, Troy 10

N.C. State 39, C. Michigan 21

FSU 40, Boston College 7

Clemson 33, Wake Forest 12

Brigham Young 44, MTSU 18

Okla. State 30, W. Virginia 19

Notre Dame 17, Oklahoma 14

Ohio State 20, Wisconsin 17

Oregon 63, California 20

Stanford 34, Wash. State 13

Washington 28, Arizona 25

Arizona State 16, USC 13

After winning a ninth consecutive game over Tennessee last weekend, the Florida Gators will be after their 27th straight at Kentucky's expense Saturday night when they visit Lexington.

A 27th straight win would set the record for the most triumphs in a row by one SEC team over another. Tennessee defeated Kentucky 26 straight times from 1985 to 2010 before the Wildcats pulled a 10-7 upset in 2011.

"We're all motivated differently, and that's not something that I've really addressed with our football team," Florida coach Will Muschamp said Wednesday on the SEC teleconference. "I would think that most of our guys are aware of it, but our whole step is that this is the next ball game and that it's an SEC game, a road game and our first night game. None of those games will have any impact on what happens Saturday night."

Kentucky first-year coach Mark Stoops said he did bring up the streak but that it's certainly not a focus when compared to getting better each day.

Contributing to Florida's dominance was current South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, who guided the Gators to wins over the Wildcats in each of his 12 years in Gainesville. Spurrier's Gators defeated Kentucky 73-7 in 1994, 42-7 in '95 and 65-0 in '96.

"Yeah, 26 is a lot, isn't it?" Spurrier said Wednesday. "What's the Vanderbilt streak with Florida? That's pretty long, too."

The Gators have defeated the Commodores 22 consecutive times.

Pasquali's Pix:

Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech: The Hokies make their second unsuccessful trip to Atlanta in a month. Yellow Jackets 34, Hokies 21.

South Alabama at Tennessee: Coming next week on ESPN's "30-for-30," the Book of Clausen. Volunteers 31, Jaguars 16.

LSU at Georgia: Does Tammy Mettenberger return to work at Georgia next week with bragging rights? Bulldogs 38, Tigers 33.

Ole Miss at Alabama: Hard to believe it's been a quarter century since the Rebels last won in Tuscaloosa and bricks were flying. Crimson Tide 35, Rebels 26.

UTC at Georgia Southern: Why not send the Eagles to the FBS ranks with a heartbreaking defeat? Mocs 26, Eagles 23.

Texas A&M at Arkansas: The Aggies and Razorbacks have a lot more Southwest Conference titles than anybody else in the SEC. Aggies 48, Razorbacks 29.

Florida at Kentucky: Gators receivers coach Joker Phillips returns to Lexington, where he played and coached. Gators 33, Wildcats 14.

UAB at Vanderbilt: The Blazers could be headed for a ninth consecutive losing season. Commodores 34, Blazers 23.

Last week:

Winners............23

Peterman picks..2

Pasquali is 91-9 overall (91.0 percent) this season.

Contact David Paschall at dpaschall@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6524.

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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