Gameday: Florida Gators vs. Vanderbilt ‘Dores

By Adam Silverstein
November 9, 2013

Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium – Gainesville, FL [Capacity: 88,548]
Weather: 74°F (feels like 74°F), partly cloudy, winds ENE at 10 mph
Time: 12:00 p.m. EST

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FLORIDA GATORS VANDERBILT COMMODORES
Head Coach: Will Muschamp Head Coach: James Franklin
Record: 4-4 (3-3 SEC) Record: 4-2 (1-4 SEC)
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Southeastern
Roster | Schedule Roster | Schedule

Odds: Florida -12 | O/U: 41.5

KEEP UP WITH THE GATORS

Busy during the week? Miss a feature, story or post on OnlyGators.com? No worries. Catch up on what you missed via the links below!

Column: Can Will Muschamp fix all of the Florida Gators’ problems?
Notebook: Muschamp’s evaluations after Florida’s third-straight loss
Notebook: Brent Pease discusses problems with Gators offense
Story: OT Tyler Moore (broken elbow) out for the season

HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS

» Florida holds a 35-9-2 advantage over Vanderbilt in the all-time series between the two teams, holding a 19-1-1 mark in games played in Gainesville. The two teams have played annually since 1992; the Gators are undefeated (21-0) in those games and hold a 22-game winning streak overall, outscoring the Commodores by an average of 21.5 points per game in that span.
» VU’s five-point loss to UF in 2011 was the closest game between the two teams since 2002 (21-17 Florida).
» The Gators is playing its third-straight game against a team coming off a bye week.
» UF dropped its first game this season to an unranked opponent last week and is now 18-2 against unranked teams under Muschamp.
» Florida is 15-0 under Muschamp when rushing for more than 150 yards (7-12 when rushing for fewer than 150 yards). The Gators are also 18-4 when holding opponents to 21 points or less, 13-3 when an opponent rushes for fewer than 100 yards, 14-4 when scoring first (8-8 when an opponent scores first) and 18-1 when leading at the half (4-11 when tied or trailing at the break).
» UF has registered 105 interceptions since 2008, second-most nationally. Florida is also first in interceptions returned for touchdowns (17) and interception return yards (1,860).
» The Gators have forced the most turnovers among SEC teams this century (363).
» Florida has at least one turnover in 19-straight games.
» Despite struggling for the last few weeks, the Gators still lead the SEC in pass efficiency defense (98.6) and are second in the league in total defense (290.8 yards), scoring defense (17.1), rushing defense (107.6 yards), passing defense (173.1 points), yards allowed per play (4.92), third down conversion defense (.313) and first downs allowed per game (16.1).
» Florida averaged 393.4 yards of offense in each of its first five games but have racked up just 236.6 yards on average in its last three games.

Read about the injuries and absences and much more…after the break!

LAST TIME OUT

Vanderbilt got out to an early lead against Florida in 2012, scoring a touchdown for the only points of the fourth quarter. But the Gators answered back by scoring 21-straight points to lead 21-7 early in the fourth quarter and eventually pull out a 31-17 victory.

UF quarterback Jeff Driskel ran through VU with the read option, carrying the rock 11 times for 177 yards and registering three rushing touchdowns on the evening. He broke Tim Tebow’s program record of 166 yards by 11 yards and did so in in 16 fewer carries than the Heisman Trophy winner.

Florida registered 403 total yards in the contest and was helped out by three field goals from 29 yards or closer by kicker Caleb Sturgis.

INJURIES AND ABSENCES*

» Injured (11): Sophomore offensive tackle D.J. Humphries (MCL), redshirt sophomore OT Tyler Moore (elbow – season), sophomore running back Matt Jones (knee – season), junior quarterback Jeff Driskel (leg – season), senior defensive tackle Dominique Easley (ACL – season), redshirt senior wide receiver Andre Debose (ACL – season), redshirt junior OT Chaz Green (labrum – season), freshman cornerback Nick Washington (shoulder – season), freshman LB Matt Rolin (ACL – season), freshman safety Marcell Harris (knee), freshman defensive lineman Jordan Sherit (ACL)

* As of Saturday at 12:00 a.m.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Florida
Bowl eligibility. The Gators are on the brink of disaster, which his exactly what failing to win six games and advancing to a bowl game for the 23rd consecutive season would be filed under. With games against South Carolina and Florida State remaining on its schedule, Florida is facing an absolute must-win scenario against Vanderbilt. A loss Saturday would likely break the bowl appearance streak along with and more than two-decade winning streak over the Commodores.

Vanderbilt
Since Franklin took over the program, VU has gone toe-to-toe with some of the best teams in the SEC and put up fights it never would have before his arrival. Vanderbilt nearly beat Arkansas and Florida in 2011 as well as South Carolina in both 2012 and 2013. The difference this year is that the Commodores finally broke through with a win over a ranked opponent, taking down then-No. 15 Georgia 31-27 three weeks ago. With an off week to prepare for UF, VU is looking to register another signature victory and break a long losing streak, too.

4 Comments

  1. SW FL Joe says:

    Hey Coach, try this http://connect.myflorida.com

  2. Luke says:

    Wow, there is a real goo chance we miss a bowl game this year. I know we are decimated, but it’s tough to watch this. At this point, I’m ready to watch Burton run the wildcat from here on out…

  3. qnt82 says:

    Fire Muschamp and start a new regime Now!

  4. Fire Muschamp says:

    I realize there’s a lot of injuries and it’s important not to just be reactionary, but this is unacceptable under any circumstances: UCF has a better program this year; Miami who has been hampered with NCAA violations and can’t even go to a bowl game is better this year — other programs have problems too and they aren’t producing these extremely sub-par results. i have serious doubts about this coaching staff long-term.

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