Gators vs Vanderbilt Preview
When was the last time you remember being uneasy about the Vanderbilt game? I am guessing probably never.
The Commodores enter Gainesville looking to upset the Gators in the Swamp for the first time since 1945. A loss would certainly would ruin homecoming, and would make it extremely difficult for florida to make a bowl game with South Carolina and FSU still on the schedule.
The Gators are riding a 20 game win streak against Vandy. This is by far the biggest Vandy game of my lifetime I was born in 1990.
Both teams will be without their starting quarterbacks. Driskel is out for the year with a broken leg (His cast was just taken off) and Vanderbilt’s Austyn Carta-Samuels will be out with an ankle injury.
Freshman quarterback Patton Robinette will lead the ‘Dores on Saturday. Vandy does not have the most explosive offense. They are 42nd in the nation in pass yards (260.5) and 93rd in rushing (141.5). The Gators offense if just as dismal. Florida’s pass offense ranks nationally 109th (175.3) and is ranked 73rd is the run game (159.4).
Both teams are currently sitting at .500 with 4-4 records. Vanderbilt has one quality win over Georgia, and Florida has no big victories this season.
The Matchup of the game will be Vanderbilt wideout Jordan Mathews vs the Gators secondary.
Matthews is one of the top receivers in the nation. This season he became the SEC’s all time leading receiver with 3,172 yards. It will be up to Florida’s outstanding group of defensive backs Marcus Roberson, Vernon Hargreaves III and Loucheiz Purifoy to contain and shut down Mathews.
This game is going to be close. Vanderbilt is going to give it all to snap their losing streak to the Gators. Florida is desperate to keep the nation's second longest postseason streak alive. They have gone bowling for 22 straight years.
If Florida is defeated by Vandy you can bet that calls for Muschamp’s head will be heard all over Gainesville.
Prediction: Florida 21 Vanderbilt 17