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Florida Starts Slow, Picks Things Up Against Kentucky

For the second week in a row, an SEC contender came out flat against Kentucky.

First, it was No. 1 Alabama. At the end of the first quarter, the Crimson Tide was only up 7-3 on the Wildcats. But the final score of that game was 63-3 with the Alabama offense scoring 56 straight points.

This Saturday, it was No. 6 Florida. At one point early in the second quarter, the Gators were down 10-7. Granted, they didn’t score 56 unanswered points, but Kyle Trask helped Florida’s offense outscore Kentucky 27-3 to close things out.

That means that the Dan Mullen’s squad is still in the mix for a College Football Playoff spots. It also means that Trask is still in the running for the Heisman Trophy.

He finished the game completing 77.8 percent of his 27 pass attempts for 256 yards and three scores. Once again, he averaged an impressive 9.5 yards per attempt against what has been considered a decent defense.

It wasn’t Trask’s best performance of the season, but it was good enough.

It was also a welcomed sight to see star tight end Kyle Pitts return for the Gators. He had missed the last couple of games due to injury, but his return to the field included five catches for 99 yards and a touchdown.

Kentucky, on the other hand, continues to struggle generating offense consistently. The Wildcats totaled 221 yards of offense with only 62 of those coming through the air. The third-down conversion rate was only 15.4 percent (2-for-13).

Considering how bad the Alabama and Florida defenses have been at times this season, the fact that Kentucky was unable to effectively gain yardage or points is very concerning.

Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.

Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.

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