Check out the Florida vs. Vanderbilt fearless prediction and game preview.
Florida (3-1) vs. Vanderbilt (2-2) Game Preview
Date: Saturday, Oct. 1
Game Time: 12:00 pm
Venue: Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, TN
Network: SEC Network
Why Florida Will Win
The Vanderbilt offense showed up against Conference USA teams – doing a good job against Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky – but it failed miserably against South Carolina and Georgia Tech.
Will the Florida defense be able to gear it up and look to make a statement after all the problems against Tennessee in the second half? If it can get physical up front and make amends after getting rumbled on a bit too much, and the secondary can be the Florida secondary again after getting ripped up by Joshua Dobbs, this could get ugly in a hurry.
The Vandy passing game sharpened up over the last two weeks, but it’s about to get hard by the Florida front seven that’ll generate for more pressure than the Georgia Tech and WKU defensive fronts did. And forget about getting into the Florida backfield.
So far the Gator O line has allowed just three sacks, and for a running game that’s been inconsistent, and couldn’t close out Tennessee after giving up a big early lead, it should get rolling again against a Vandy defensive front that’s allowing more than 6.2 yards per pop over the last two games. Granted, Georgia Tech was one of those clunkers, but this is when Florida should be able to slow things down again.
Why Vanderbilt Will Win
Did the Commodores finally find something with the passing game?
Ralph Webb is one of the SEC’s best running games, but he’ll have a hard time finding room to move against the Florida defensive front. Fortunately, it’s starting to finally click for Kyle Shurmur over the last two games hitting well over 60% of his passes with two scores, getting the job done against WKU in the overtime win last week.
That might not seem like much, but with a defense that’s better than it’s shown so far, and with Webb to handle the running game, all the Commodores are missing to be more competitive is a semblance of a passing attack that hasn’t been there over the last few seasons.
But Vandy can’t win a shootout. This has to bog down like last year’s ugly slugfest that came down to a late field goal, and that’s what the Commodores have to hope for.
Florida might try to get physical, but it can’t win without a big performance from Austin Appleby – if the Gator coaching staff allows him to fire away. Go conservative and not take any chances, and that’ll play into Vandy’s hands. But …
What’s Going To Happen?
Appleby will be solid. It wasn’t his fault Florida lost to Tennessee, and this week he’ll get all the time in the world to operate against a Vanderbilt defense that won’t be able to do much of anything to get to him. The pass rush that has just three sacks on the year won’t get rolling now.
Florida vs. Vanderbilt Prediction
Final Score: Florida 27, Vanderbilt 10
Line: Florida -10, o/u: 41
ATS Confidence: 5: Treasure Bath – 1: Nahhhh … 4
Must See Rating: 5: Nicki Minaj T-Mobile ads – 1: Storks … 2