The 3-2 Florida Gators look to bounce back after a loss to Kentucky while the 2-3 Vanderbilt Commodores look to keep it rolling after beating UConn. Here are the three keys to a Gator win.
By Steve Wright
1 – Don’t try to do too much
Sometimes in football, it is okay to let the win come to you. Florida is better than Vanderbilt in every position on the field and the only way that this one doesn’t end in a Florida win is if the Gators beat themselves. The quarterbacks need to not force the ball down the field too much – the Vandy defense is capable of taking it away on bad throws – and defensive players need to make the sure tackle rather than going for a highlight reel pick. Keep things simple, get to basics, and leave The Swamp with a win.
2 – Run the ball
The stat on the year that says the most for Florida is that the Gators are 3-0 when running for more than 245 yards and that they are 0-2 when not reaching that number. Kentucky didn’t have a ton of offense last weekend, but it didn’t need to as the Wildcats loaded up with their physical and talented front-seven to slow the Florida running game. Vanderbilt doesn’t have near the athletes that Kentucky does in its front-seven and it would be stunning if they kept Florida under that magical 245-yard mark. They won’t.
3 – Watch Will Sheppard
The Commodores don’t have a lot of playmakers but wide receiver Will Sheppard is one. He averages 5.4 catches per game – ranking 45th in the nation in the category – and he is coming off of a big game against UConn where he had 119 yards receiver. He and Vandy quarterback Ken Seals have enough of a connection to cause Florida some problems early if he is not accounted for.