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The Alligator Army Weekly Open Thread, Vol. XCI

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Florida’s SEC slate begins with Kentucky. With The Streak broken, are the ‘Cats newly scary?

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It’s been 30 years since anyone could say this, but: The Florida Gators are looking for revenge when they meet the Kentucky Wildcats this weekend.

That’s the unusual distinction of this year’s game, which comes after last year’s iteration of the hammer-and-nail series between the two teams ended with the Gators getting tetanus from the nail as Terry Wilson worked magic and a surprisingly stout Wildcats defense stifled Dan Mullen’s offense.

This year doesn’t look like it will allow for a repeat of that weirdness, not with Mullen’s offense at a different level than it was in the first few games of his Florida tenure and Wilson’s untimely and ugly injury last week knocking him out of commission for Kentucky entering this week’s matchup.

But Kentucky did end The Streak. And this game is in Lexington, where Florida has had a close call or two against the Wildcats. (Notably, Florida probably should have lost to Kentucky in 2017, if not for two all-time brain farts by Wildcats defenders.)

Does this game feel different this year to you?