Final Thoughts & What It All Means: Florida 38, Vanderbilt 24
Florida’s offense finally got rolling, and now the Gators are 3-0 in the SEC. Okay, now what?
Florida 38, Vanderbilt 24
Final Score: Florida 38, Vanderbilt 24
Prediction: Florida 19, Vanderbilt 16
Line: Florida -10 o/u: 42.5
For all the problems and all of the drama, Florida is 3-0 in the SEC, and it’s in a position to take another SEC East crown. Nothing else matters.
Welcome back to reality, Vanderbilt. We missed you over these last two weeks.
Luke Del Rio completed 7-of-11 passes for 64 yards, hurt his shoulder, and now he’s out for the year. Horrible, horrible break for a solid, steady player, but to be brutally cold about it, forcing Feleipe Franks to be the starter from here on isn’t a bad thing. The upside of the Gators as a possible national championship team someday will depend on whether or not Franks can turn into a superstar. The tools are there.
Franks was fantastic. He completed 10-of-14 passes for 184 yards and showed off the next-level arm Del Rio doesn’t have.
Vanderbilt QB Kyle Shurmur threw three touchdown passes, but he only completed 18-of-40 passes. The 264 yards helped, but he only hit 18-of-40 passes.
Ralph Webb has had a hard time finding any room to run over the last few weeks. He was held to just 29 yards on 11 carries.
Florida finally started to look as expected with the ground game. Lamichal Perine ran for 58 yards and three scores, and Malik Davis ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns. Considering Franks is going to need the pressure taken off of him, the backs have to do their job.
Now what for Florida? The Gators are 3-0 in the SEC. It might not be pretty, it might have needed a miracle, but so what? Now come the games against the West at home, needing to at least split against LSU and Texas A&M. The key is for Franks to keep improving and for the team to keep finding ways to get the job done, and then come the two weeks off to prepare for Georgia.
Now what for Vanderbilt? Uh-oh. Losing to Mama and Florida was bad, but now comes Georgia, and then road games at Ole Miss and South Carolina. To get back in the bowl hunt, Vandy has to win at least one of those three. However, keeping the confidence up is vital – Alabama, Florida and Georgia might be the three best teams in the SEC. Losing to those three aren’t a big deal as long as the Commodores can get back to its stifling defensive play and efficient offense.