Nick Saban and John Calipari are opposites personality-wise. But when it comes to building and maintaining an elite program, the coaches have a lot of similiarities.
While Florida has yet to capitalize in 2012 on its dazzling tradition of blocking kicks and special teams prowess, hot-seat occupier Joker Phillips and Kentucky are bracing for the worst and hoping for the best.
For 25 consecutive seasons, Florida has known victory against Kentucky. But neither the Gators nor Wildcats are giving that any credence going into their matchup Saturday.
In his final Florida State game before taking over as head coach at Kentucky, defensive coordinator Mark Stoops basked in the glow of another stellar performance by his young players.
Closer to the SEC title game than they have been in six years, the Bulldogs can't and won't lose sight of this week's Kentucky game, the final hurdle in their run for the SEC East crown.