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Kentucky Versus Florida Atlantic Gameday

Posted by Matt on September 29, 2007

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There is nothing like the atmosphere for college football gameday in any other sporting event in the Nation as my Wildcats return home to play Florida Atlantic Owls.  Kentucky Alum and legendary coach Howard Schnellenberger brings his upstart Owls in to Commonwealth stadium for a game that could be closer than advertised.

Florida Atlantic fields the Nation’s leading interceptor in Tavious Polo, who has six picks in four games, while Kentucky has the quarterback who has thrown the most consecutive passes without an interception in NCAA history.  This no doubt will be a big focus for the media and fans for today’s affair.

Matt’s Keys To The Game:

  • Focus: Kentucky is riding high over consecutive important victories on National television against a Top 10 (at the time) Louisville squad and on the road against SEC foe Arkansas.  The Wildcats are also a 23 point favorite over the Owls and that only plays to Florida Atlantic’s favor.  The ‘Cats cannot be looking towards South Carolina and next Thursday’s National game of the night, they need to stay grounded, stay focused and go in to Commonwealth Stadium and take care of business.  Schnellenberger’s squad is athletic and could easily sneak up on the ‘Cats as they virtually have nothing to lose.  FAU quarterback Rusty Smith is no slouch either as he has 1108 yards (more than Woodson) and 8 touchdowns of his own to speak of this season.
  • Ball Security:  The Owls have a ball hocking defense and with every passing week, Woodson’s streak gets more press and becomes more likely to be jinxed. With the record behind him, Andre’ shouldn’t allow the streak to weigh so much on his mind that it takes away from what he does best – play football.  If Woodson does throw an interception, he and the team needs to put the pick, and the streak, behind them as quickly as possible and regain their focus for the rest of the game.  “The Streak” will end inevitably but the ‘Cats need to do their best to protect the ball as much as possible in all aspects of the game as well as win the turnover battle today.

Matt’s Blueprint For Success:

The Wildcats need to hit the Owls in the mouth early and often.  Allowing an underdog to get some points early and stay close through the first half or so gives the team the belief that they can win the game and it wasn’t just a ‘hoop dream.’  Florida Atlantic will be pumped up for the game but the crowd will be in Kentucky’s corner and the ‘Cats just need to come out, execute, and play their brand of football.  If the Wildcats don’t overlook the Owls and play like they have the last two weeks, this game should be a slightly easier victory.

Prediction:

Kentucky 42

Florida Atlantic 21

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One Response to “Kentucky Versus Florida Atlantic Gameday”

  1. Just2Cocky said

    Not a bad prediction….you were very close.

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