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BOZICH | Beating Florida not as tough as Kentucky makes it look

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Every University of Louisville football victory is annoying to a segment of the University of Kentucky fan base.

But one U of L victory sits at the head of the class – and will remain at Number One until further notice.

That would be Louisville 33, Florida 23 in the Sugar Bowl played on Jan 2, 2013 at the Louisiana Superdome.

The Cardinals rolled into New Orleans and kicked the Gators like a half-empty can of Abita – even though Florida was favored by 13 ½ points and had won 11 of their first 12 games that season.

This was the real dig: Louisville needed one chance to beat a Florida team that Kentucky had not defeated since November, 1986. The Cards needed only one crack to join a list that includes Memphis, Syracuse and Georgia Southern – teams that have defeated Florida since the 1986 season.

Now Florida has defeated Kentucky 27 straight. It's the second longest active winning streak in one series in college football. Penn State has beaten Temple 30 in a row.

If the Gators handle UK again Saturday night in Gainesville (and they're favored by 18 1/2 points), they will equal Texas' 28 straight wins over Rice for the seventh longest series winning streak of all time.

Florida has played 344 games since losing to Kentucky, 10-3, on Nov. 15, 1986 in Commonwealth Stadium. They have lost 89 times – 26 percent of those games.

Here is the list of the 23 programs who have beaten Florida since the last time the Wildcats were able to topple the Gators.

1. Florida State 16 times

2. Georgia 9

3. Louisiana State 9

4. Auburn 9

5. Alabama 7

6. Tennessee 6

7. Miami 6

8. South Carolina 4

9. Mississippi State 4

10. Mississippi 4

11. Vanderbilt 2

12. Michigan 2

13. Louisville 1

14. Georgia Southern 1

15. Missouri 1

16. Iowa 1

17. Michigan State 1

18. Nebraska 1

19. Notre Dame 1

20. Syracuse 1

21. Washington 1

22. UCLA 1

23. Memphis 1

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