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Florida's Urban Meyer calls Kentucky an 'upper-echelon SEC' football program

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As the night winds down, here are some good reads before you get to bed on this Wednesday evening:

-Kentucky Wildcats aren’t the only ones praising the ‘Cats early season play. Florida Gators head coach Urban Meyer is taking his turn giving Kentucky ‘props’ saying that the Wildcats are currently “an upper-echelon SEC team.” Hard to believe, especially with the way the Gators have beat down Kentucky on an annual basis—23th straight victories over the SEC East rival to the North. Meyer is also intrigued by the current losing streak Kentucky holds against Florida and doesn’t invest much thought into that fact saying, “That is mind boggling and that’s why we don’t speak of it much. What happened 20 years ago has no bearing on this Kentucky team coming in right now.”

So there you have it, Kentucky is garnering a lot of early-season praise from some of the most notable names on the college football scene. Good times are ahead for Kentucky, especially with the presence of head coach Joker Phillips.

-As if it weren’t enough, ESPN’s Chris Low has only good things to say about Kentucky Wildcats wide receiver Randall Cobb—as well as place holder, running back, punt returner, and part-time quarterback. Low isn’t shy about his feelings for Cobb, displaying his man crush for the outstanding athlete from Alcoa, Tennessee saying, “What he is, though, is usually the hardest guy to get on the ground. He has great awareness, anticipates his blocking well and is fearless when it comes to doing whatever it takes to get into the end zone.”

Cobb has accounted for touchdowns in four different ways and has the opportunity to become one of the great ‘Cats football players ever at Kentucky.

Cobb however, doesn’t pay much attention to the ‘attention’ he is getting after just three games on the season, saying “I hear the hype, but it’s not something I really pay much attention to because it’s not something that’s going to get me an SEC or national championship.” That just goes to show how humble Cobb is in trying to help his team win the big-time games during his career.

-Onto a little basketball news, as Larry Vaught was able to sit down with Gregg Doyel of CBSSports.com to pick his brain on all things Kentucky. One of the questions posed by Vaught was in regards to how Doyel thought head coach John Calipari was doing during his short tenure with Kentucky. Like ESPN’s Chris Low, Doyel isn’t shy about making his feelings known towards the Kentucky Wildcats saying, “He's (Calipari) been better than I thought. And I thought he would eventually rewrite some record books at Kentucky. Long-term, if he stays long-term, he'll join Adolph Rupp as the greatest in school history.”

If Calipari has any success close to what Kentucky fans saw during the Rupp era, then the Big Blue Nation will be extremely happy by the time Calipari decides to leave and potentially retire from his coaching job at UK.

-One last football note and that comes from the Miami Herald in which the Herald is quick to praise the play of the Wildcats, while jumping all over the Florida Gators offensive prowess—or lack thereof—saying, “The Gators haven't been all that impressive on offense this season, averaging a modest 319.0 total ypg, but they have come up with the big plays when needed. QB John Brantley hasn't exactly flourished and has thrown for a mere 452 yards through three games.”

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet however, because the fact is that the Florida Gators have dominated the Wildcats ever since 1986. Not to mention that Florida has some of the best athletes and talent in the SEC and nation, so we can’t let Kentucky’s dominance during their early-season matchups against cupcake teams like Western Kentucky and Akron to blind us from the reality that surrounds Saturday’s game. It will be a battle and the Wildcats will have to play a near perfect game to come away with an upset in the Swamp. Stay tuned.

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