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Someday, Kentucky will beat Florida.

Just not Saturday.

Someday, the streak will end, and all the Wildcats of the Bluegrass State will celebrate as one. Someday, the most lopsided matchup in college football will reverse itself, and Florida will have a night when bad things keep happening. Intellectually, we know this. Nothing lasts forever.

But, goodness, when it comes to the Wildcats, the Gators are close.

Florida has won 29 straight contests between the schools, some of them close, some of them lopsided. Always, it has ended with Florida winning the game.

This game doesn’t figure to be a lot different. Oh, Florida sputtered some in its opening win over UMass. Kentucky, however, blew a big lead against Southern Miss, increasing the heat on coach Mark  Stoops.

When does it end?

Well, Notre Dame once beat Navy 43 straight times. So there is something to shoot for.

Florida 24, Kentucky 7

Charleston Southern at FSU

Charleston Southern wasn’t a big enough underdog to FSU for Saturday’s game. Oddsmakers had the Seminoles as a 37 ½-point favorite.

Now this: Reports are that Charleston Southern has suspended half of its team for Saturday’s game.

All of that leaves FSU in a name-that-score situation. Oh, sure, FSU coach Jimbo Fisher will feel some for Southern, but his team has things to work on. Freshman quarterback Deondre Francois needs to throw, and running back Dalvin Cook needs to get untracked. And who knows how many sacks defensive end DeMarcus Walker gets this week.

It isn’t going to be pretty.

FSU 63, Charleston Southern 7

FAU at Miami

The Owls actually gave UM a test last year. It was tied 20-20 in the third period before the Canes won, 44-20.

This year, with new head coach Mark Richt, Miami is feeling pretty good about itself. It’s coming off a 70-3 win over FAMU.

Look for Brad Kaaya to have a big week. He’s three touchdown passes away from tying Steven Morris for the No. 3 place in UM history. He should get it.

Miami 42, FAU 7

Northern Illinois at USF

For USF, Northern Illinois is a dangerous opponent. It sounds as if USF should be a big favorite, but Northern is better than you’d think.

Still, USF played well in an easy win over Towson last week. The Bulls have good weapons, and they should be able to pull away. The USF defense will have to play well to give its offense time.

USF 30, Northern Illinois 20

UCF at Michigan

UCF finally won a game last week, which is going to help new coach Scott Frost.

On the other hand, ouch.

The Knights don’t have much of a shot in this one. There is a reason that Jim Harbaugh‘s team is considered to be one of the fastest rising in the country,

Michigan 46, UCF 7

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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