Gameday Tidbits: Florida Gators vs. Vanderbilt

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The Florida Gators will sport throwback helmets and jerseys during the homecoming matchup vs. Vanderbilt (Photo Credit @GatorsFB)

The Florida Gators, who are coming off a heartbreaking 13-20 loss to the Kentucky Wildcats need to bounce back this weekend in the Swamp. 

Quite frankly, it should be very difficult for Florida to not bounce back against a very bad Vanderbilt football team. To put this game into context, the Vanderbilt Commodores struggled to defeat UCONN 30-28, who is widely considered to be the worst team in college football and still does not have a win this season.

On the Florida side, this is the Gators’ annual Homecoming game. And this is a homecoming Game that the Florida Gators should most definitely win. And to add to the festivities, Florida will be rocking a special throwback uniform for the game. Just to switch things up a little bit, instead of belaboring our point and perspective about this game, I want to provide some quick tidbits of the matchup so you are well informed going into the game.


Quick Thoughts

Vanderbilt is BAD – by the numbers.

    • They rank 116th out of 130 teams in run defense (allowing 204.2 yards per game).
    • They rank 112th in total defense (giving up 447.2 yards per game).
    • They rank 120th in total offense (producing only 315.4 yards per game).

Florida needs to capitalize on such an opponent by scoring a ton of points and not giving up any. Unfortunately, and I hate to say it, but that’s not how Dan Mullen rolls. Remember the 2019 Towson game, anyone? Florida beat arguably the worst opponent on the schedule that year 38-0. Yup. They only scored 38 points on Towson! Dan Mullen hardly ever destroys opponents. 

Still, the Florida Gators should be very effective on the ground, and even in a “ho-hum” performance, they should gain at least 300 yards running the ball. I also expect a ton of the younger guys to get playing time including Demarkcus Bowman and Diwun Black. 


Players to Watch 

Florida Gators:

Emory Jones, QB – 93-135, 871 YDS, 5 TD, 6 INT

Gervon Dexter, DL – 20 TAK, 4 SOLO, 2 SACKS

Vanderbilt Commodores:

Ken Seals, QB – 92-163, 894 YDS, 5 TD, 5 INT

Rocko Griffin, RB – 55 CAR, 215 YDS, 1 TD


Keys to the Game for the Florida Gators

    1. Don’t turnover the ball.
    2. Play Anthony Richardson as much as possible.
    3. Don’t let Vanderbilt “hang around”.

Keys to the Game for the Vanderbilt Commodores

    1. Stop the run.
    2. Force a TON of turnovers.
    3. Don’t give up explosive plays.


Final Analysis 

The Florida Gators should roll all over Vandy. These two teams don’t recruit from the same galaxy, and I look for the Commodores to struggle big time under first-year head coach Clark Lea. But if you’re expecting fireworks, don’t get your hopes up – it’s a noon game after all! I don’t expect Florida to cover the absurd 39 point spread, even though the ESPN FPI gives the Gators a 99.1% chance to win.

Still, I can comfortably assure you that the homecoming game will go the way of the Florida Gators.


Score Prediction: 37-10 Florida

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