Week 1 wasn't a great time for many non-Alabama SEC teams. Florida and Kentucky were part of that badness, though in different ways. The Gators won, but they did it in rather unimpressive fashion against UMass. The Wildcats didn't, instead giving up 34 unanswered points to a Southern Miss team whose offense is run by the coordinator Kentucky recently fired. That's not the way you're supposed to do it, and UK is off to an 0-1 start.
The Gators are convincing favorites to move to 2-0 this week when Kentucky visits Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. A loss would be problematic for either team, as both have SEC schedules ahead and looked subpar in their openers. A win would be a major relief for Mark Stoops and Kentucky, while it'd be roughly business as usual for Jim McElwain's Gators. It's a game with a generally unexciting feel, but it is SEC football on a weekend without many (any?) blockbusters.
If for no other reason than that Verne Lundquist is on the late-afternoon call, this could be a worthy afternoon watch. Hopefully the Gators and Wildcats will make it a somewhat enjoyable experience.
How to watch, stream and listen
TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS. The broadcasters: Lundquist, Gary Danielson and Allie LaForce. It's the second game of Lundquist's last season calling college football for CBS.
Online streaming: CBS Sports
Spread: Florida opened as a 16.5-point favorite.
Three big things to know
1. Luke Del Rio makes his second start for Florida. In his starting debut against UMass, Del Rio was 29 of 44 passing for 256 yards and a couple of touchdowns. He didn't throw any interceptions, and he was more solid than Florida's general inability to put away the Minutemen suggested. He now gets a crack at a conference defense.
2. How will Drew Barker do against a good defense? Florida will be a test for Kentucky's sophomore signal-caller. Barker was a sturdy 15 of 24 for 323 yards, four scores and a pick against UMass -- sturdy numbers, but not enough to overcome a brutal defensive showing by his teammates. It'd be encouraging if Barker could play turnover-free and still rack up some yardage against one of the more formidable units he'll face all year.
3. Will Florida rebound? Does it need to? The final score against UMass was 24-7, but the Minutemen hung around for a bit because Florida couldn't score. Kentucky is probably a bit better, and it's not like the Gators turned in the worst showing you've ever seen to win last week. But something more forceful would serve them well in Week 2.