If Joker Phillip’s first big win of his head coaching career comes this Saturday night at The Swamp, it will be Kentucky’s first win in 30 years at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
Since Urban Meyer took over the Gators, Florida has defeated Kentucky 49-28, 26-7, 45-37, 63-5, and 41-7. That’s an average win margin of 26 points.
Phillips knows this is the type of game Kentucky needs to win to take the next step in their program. Kentucky won last year at Auburn and at Georgia. He said, "[A game like this] is what you come to Kentucky for."
Phillips added, “Florida has not scored in first quarter yet this year — It means we can’t let the game get out of hand. We can’t be down 28-0 in the first quarter. We can’t be sloppy like we were in the first quarter last week. Last week (against Akron) we sleep walked to start the game. If we do that this week, we will be down 21, 28 points in the first quarter if we do not match their intensity. If you allow things the Swamp brings to intimidate you, you can be down 28 points in the first quarter.”
“Every time we get on the bus we talk about it is a business trip, not a slumber party. We want to win the (Southeastern Conference) East. If you want to win the East, you have to go about this season as business only.”
Running back Derrick Locke said, “Even if we do beat some, it doesn’t matter. We’ve got to beat the teams we haven’t beat, and then we’ll get respect."
Locke added, “This team will not be a team intimidated by The Swamp or playing in a game like this.”
Kick-off is set for 7:00 pm EST on ESPNU. You can see the entire Week #4 TV schedule right here.