Florida vs Kentucky: Dominant Gators Should Strike Fear in SEC East

Luke Pashke@@luke_pashkeCorrespondent ISeptember 22, 2012

KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 15: Matt Elam #22 of the Florida Gators celebrates his pass interception against the Tennessee Volunteers during the second half of play at Neyland Stadium on September 15, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee.    (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)
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Week in and week out, Florida has looked extremely impressive and this week was no different. The Gators hosted a below average Kentucky team today but dominated the game they were supposed to, winning 38-0, and sending a message to the rest of the SEC East.

Before their overwhelming victory over Kentucky, the Gators had strung together two impressive road wins over Texas A&M and Tennessee in the past two weeks. Muschamp's squad has played beyond their years and really are beginning to look like a consistent contender in the SEC East.

Driskel has settled in nicely and they seem to be more and more comfortable with the playmakers they have on the offensive side of the ball. On defense, the Gators look solid and have really turned that phase of the game into their biggest strength.

Florida entered the year with a ton of questions at the quarterback position and Driskel has silenced them all. The true sophomore hasn't been flashy but a model of consistency this year with a 71.2% completion percentage, three touchdowns, and zero interceptions.

On the ground, the Gators have relied on senior RB, Mike Gillislee, who has racked up a solid 346 rushing yards and four touchdowns in just four games. Through the air, Driskel has spread the ball out pretty evenly and has been effectively spreading the ball around to all of the Gator's weapons.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Gators have recovered well since the thumb injury to Jelani Jenkins. Guys like Jon Bostic and Matt Elam have really taken it upon themselves to keep this defense reliable in the absence of Jenkins.

Now sure they haven't beaten an SEC power yet but it's only week four and at this point, we can no longer ignore the Gators and the way they've been playing out of the gate. It will be very interesting to see how the Gators perform as they get into the meat of their schedule.

In the next six weeks, the Gators start with a bye and then play LSU, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Georgia, and Missouri, in that order. This is no simple stretch of games but Florida has strongly proven that they are here to compete in the SEC East. Sure they haven't beaten a big-time team yet, but at this point, only a handful of teams have.

Their key wins as of now are much more impressive than anyone else in the SEC East and at this point, I would take serious notice of the Gators if I were Georgia or South Carolina.