Florida vs Vanderbilt
When: Saturday October 13, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Vanderbilt Stadium
The Florida Gators try to avoid a let down in the perfect trap game. Hopefully for the Gator’s sake, they’ve given Vanderbilt their full attention. After crushing LSU’s offense with another dominating second half performance, Florida’s next big game is home against SEC East foe, South Carolina. They will need to take care of business first on the road in what may prove to be a tough game.
Vanderbilt has been playing well, but they have a problem getting the ball in the end zone. With a little more offensive fire power, Vanderbilt’s reputation would be a lot different. They play tough defense and lost a close battle to South Carolina at home. They also got thumped by Georgia, but that may be the aberration of the season.
Overall, their offense leaves a lot to be desired. They really do kick the running game into high gear during the second half. Last week they rushed the ball against LSU 53 times, including three kneel downs. They went back to high school and continuously ran right at the LSU front. All their work netted them a whopping 14 points. So far they’ve score enough to win every game. Driskel must continue to improve at the quarterback position for the Gators to advance.
The defense has played lights out all season. They manhandled the overmatched LSU squad last week. Soon their schedule heats up and we will know exactly where they are at as a team. On Saturday they just need to play their game, and they should be fine. We will know early if they celebrated the win a little too much.
There were high hopes for the Vanderbilt offense with Jordan Rodgers at the helm. Unfortunately, they haven’t been able to have that breakout game in a big spot. They are averaging 12 points per game against FBS opponents. That’s not enough to get it done.
Vanderbilt needs to break big plays on Saturday to have opportunities to score. This season, they haven’t shown the ability to drive the length of the field against a defense of Florida’s caliber.
They have the talent and scheme to shut down Florida’s running game with Gillislee. No matter how the first half goes, the Gators will keep pounding the ball to wear down Vanderbilt. The Commodores should force Florida to throw a lot. Making the passing game beat you is the best chance at pulling off the upset.
Florida wants to win this game to set up a potential top 5 match up with South Carolina. A loss would be detrimental to the Gators and provide a major setback to the SEC East. Vanderbilt is out to prove the SEC is deeper than others give it credit for. A loss here puts them at 500 on the season, and may cost them to play in a bowl game.
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