Florida vs Vanderbilt : The Florida Gators are 5-1, rising and roaring to life after a mostly mediocre three years under Jim McElwain that ended with a moribund 2018 season. The Florida Gators travel to play Vanderbilt this Saturday in an SEC East clash. UF announced its uniform combination for the SEC contest.
NCAA College Football 2018
Florida vs Vanderbilt Live
Date : Saturday, October 13
Start Time : 12:00 PM ET
Florida vs Vanderbilt
The Vanderbilt Commodores are 3-3, nearly a month removed from a remarkable close call at Notre Dame, and treading water — barely. Vandy’s 1-3 over its last four games, has claimed wins over just two directional Volunteer State schools and Nevada this year, and is drifting back toward the irrelevance that James Franklin made a memory and Derek Mason was hired to stave off.
The passing game? It’s effective when it needs to be. Feleipe Franks completed under 50 percent of his throws against LSU last Saturday, marking the sixth start of his young Florida career in which he missed on at least half of his throws — but this was Florida’s first win over a Power Five opponent in those games, and Franks averaged better than.
It helps that Florida has cultivated a deep group of receivers and tight ends for Franks to utilize — one that Franks himself joined with a catch on a trick play against LSU. Florida only has two receivers (Freddie Swain and Hammond) with 200 receiving yards on the year, but the Gators have nine with at least four catches.
That all spells trouble for Vanderbilt, which is undersized up front and has paid dearly for it. The Commodores are a woeful 118th nationally in defensive Success Rate, meaning that opposing teams have remained on schedule like the train that runs beyond Vandy’s baseball stadium,
But Vandy’s pass defense isn’t great, either, giving up 1,400 yards and 10 touchdowns through six games, and the ‘Dores were lit up by Tennessee State — led by receiver Treon Harris, of all people — about as well as they were by South Carolina and Georgia. Vandy was able to keep Notre Dame in check, yes, but the Irish were still starting senior Brandon Wimbush then, and have improved measurably since benching him for Ian Book.
Florida’s pass defense still isn’t exactly airtight, with the corner spot opposite C.J. Henderson being manned largely by C.J. McWilliams (though far more effectively by backups like Trey Dean) and a young safety group still needing a lot more seasoning despite Brad Stewart and Donovan Stiner each nabbing picks against LSU. But Florida could — and maybe should