Last weekend, Florida suffered a loss that changes the complexion of its season. While the Gators should still be happy about the direction in which the program is heading under Dan Mullen, the 24-17 loss to Georgia knocks the team out of College Football Playoff candidacy, as much of a stretch as it seemed. This weekend UF will try and bounce back with a game against Vanderbilt.
The Commodores game should be exactly what the doctor ordered after a tough matchup with the Dawgs. Vandy is just 2-6, coming off of a rough 24-7 loss at South Carolina.
The Gators still have plenty to play for. They should be heavy favorites in their last three games, with Vanderbilt followed by a trip to Missouri, before a season finale with rival Florida State, which has already moved on from head coach Willie Taggart in the middle of season two.
A sweep would get them to 10 regular season wins, and potentially set up a New Year’s Six bowl trip.
On the other side, Vanderbilt needs a 4-0 finish to make a bowl game, a tall task, even though Florida is the only team with a winning record remaining on the schedule. Derek Mason has to be in a pretty tenuous spot in Nashville.
When adversity hits, will you be tough?
— Gators Football (@GatorsFB) November 7, 2019
More on tomorrow’s game between the Gators and Commodores:
Game Time: Saturday, 12:00 p.m. ET
Spread: Florida -26
Announcers: Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Allison Williams
Vanderbilt’s last win over Florida came back in 2013. James Franklin was in his third year with the ‘Dores, beating the Will Muschamp team that went 4-8, 34-17. It was Vandy’s first win in the long-standing SEC East series since 1988.
All-time, Florida has a 40-10-2 series lead on Vanderbilt. It isn’t quite as notable as the 30+ year streak that Florida had over Kentucky until 2018, but Vanderbilt hasn’t had significantly more success against the Gators over the years.