Coming off the stunning upset to Kentucky, the Gators return home to face Vanderbilt in Saturday’s homecoming contest.
Fortunately for Florida, the Commodores rank as one of the worst programs in all of the FBS in almost every statistical category on both sides of the ball.
With their playoff hopes all but eliminated, which Gators football team shows up against Vanderbilt on Saturday?
The following are our staff’s predictions for Florida’s homecoming showdown with Vanderbilt:
The Gators get a dose of exactly what the doctor ordered as outmatched Vanderbilt will come into Ben Hill Griffin Stadium as a 39-point underdog. The Commodores only accrue an average of 315 yards on offense while their defense yields 447. Despite a disappointing outing at Kentucky, the Gators are still averaging over 500 yards on offense. Sophomore QB Ken Seals will lead the Vandy offense, but he’s accounted for as many scores as interceptions thus far in 2021. Florida has averaged 31 points per game, but if they are held close to that number, there are bigger issues to be addressed by Dan Mullen and his staff. The Gators roll, 52-13.
42-10. No, that’s not a game score, that’s the record Florida holds over Vanderbilt. While Florida took a surprising 20-13 loss to Kentucky Saturday, they have a strong chance to redeem themselves in the Swamp this upcoming Saturday. Vanderbilt sits fifth in the SEC East with a 2-3 record, taking a hard hit against Georgia, Stanford and East Tennessee State. Florida, sitting fourth in rankings, isn’t doing too much better after their loss against Alabama and Kentucky. The Commodores are losing by a larger margin, however. An embarrassing 62-0 loss against the Bulldogs proves their weakness on the offense; a leg up for Florida’s defense. The Gators are hungry for a win in the Swamp. Unless it unexpectedly drops the ball once again, I have Florida winning. Gators, 35-14.
Florida will return home on Saturday to a homecoming crowd of 80,000 and the Swamp should be deafening after suffering a brutal defeat from the hands of Kentucky. Quarterback Emory Jones put up decent numbers against the Wildcat defense but the Gators failed to capitalize in Kentucky territory and score consistently. But Vanderbilt is a team that is far-less stacked than Kentucky and that was proven after the Commodores snuck out with a two-point victory over Connecticut and were blown away by Georgia, 62-0. The Florida run attack will plow through the weak Commodore defensive unit to rack up 100-plus total yards and make the final score a massacre. Gators, 40-6.
Florida and Vanderbilt will kick off from the Swamp at 12:00 PM on Saturday. The game will be broadcast live on SEC Network.