The Gators are riding high as they sit atop the SEC East standings and Kyle Trask has placed himself squarely among the Heisman Trophy candidates. Vanderbilt, however, is going in the opposite direction. The Commodores are 0-6 and have been a disaster on both sides of the ball this year.
The following are our staff’s predictions for the Florida – Vanderbilt game.
I feel bad for Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason. He is a really good coach and a better person off the field. He deserves better. Unfortunately, he is guiding a team that may be historically bad. Mason will likely be looking for a new job next year, and while Gators fans have clamored for Will Muschamp as the defensive coordinator (if Todd Grantham moves on) since his firing last week, Mason might be a better fit to the culture of Florida football. Regardless, in the end, the Gators will be too much for the ‘Dores, Florida 63-17.
Florida completely dominates this game. I believe they will be putting the first string team on the bench by halftime and we get to see a lot of Emory Jones and Anthony Richardson. This game should not even be close or come down to an Austin Hardin field goal. Florida wins 62-14.
I don’t know many people who’d pick Vanderbilt to upset Florida here. Although, if you’re one who believes in the chaos of college football then an upset here is right up your alley. But, the Gators are just too good on offense and it’s hard to think Vandy can keep up. Obviously the chants of “Trask for Heisman” are deafening. It’d be a surprise if he doesn’t add to that campaign against Vandy. The Commodore defense allows nearly 36 points a game, which is only six more points than what Florida allows. This could end up being one of those games we see the 2nd stringers well before the 4th quarter. Florida 52-21.
These two programs couldn’t be any further apart. Florida is among the best in the nation in most of the major offensive statistical categories, is the SEC East leader, and has the Heisman front-runner behind center. Vanderbilt is averaging 16.5 points per game on offense, are dead last in the SEC, and has a true freshman with a penchant for throwing to the wrong team playing quarterback. On top of all of that, the Commodores’ defense allows more than twice it’s offense’s average points per game. There’s a reason that Vegas set such a lopsided point spread for this one. Gators cruise to a 63-14 win.
Florida and Vanderbilt are scheduled to kickoff from Nashville at noon on Saturday. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN.