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Official Game Thread Week 12: Florida Gators at Vanderbilt Commodores 11/19/22

Escambia94

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The Florida Gators (6-4, 3-4) head to Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores (4-6, 1-5). Florida is favored by 14.5 points and the O/U is at 57.5. Florida leads the all-time series 43-10-2, which goes back to 1945. The Gators have won 30 of the last 31 going back to 1988 with the lone blemish being in 2013. Florida is 20-7-1 in Nashville. They are 23-2-1 in Gainesville against the 'Dores.

The 'Dores have a signature win over #24 Kentucky, which was their first and only conference win this season after dropping 5 straight SEC contests.
DATEOPPONENTRESULTW-LHIGH PASSHIGH RUSHHIGH REC
Sat, Aug 27@
Hawai'i
Hawai'i
W 63-101-0 (0-0)Wright 146Wright 163Sheppard 39
Sat, Sep 3vs
Elon
Elon
W 42-312-0 (0-0)Wright 245Davis 95McGowan 118
Sat, Sep 10vs
Wake Forest
23 Wake Forest
L 45-252-1 (0-0)Swann 146Davis 87McGowan 56
Sat, Sep 17@
Northern Illinois
Northern Illinois
W 38-283-1 (0-0)Swann 255Davis 116Sheppard 171
Sat, Sep 24@
Alabama
2 Alabama
L 55-33-2 (0-1)Swann 115Griffin 19Sheppard 52
Sat, Oct 8vs
Ole Miss
9 Ole Miss
L 52-283-3 (0-2)Swann 281Davis 105McGowan 104
Sat, Oct 15@
Georgia
1 Georgia
L 55-03-4 (0-3)Swann 105Davis 29Sheppard 45
Sat, Oct 22@
Missouri
Missouri
L 17-143-5 (0-4)Wright 127Davis 28Carter 80
Sat, Nov 5vs
South Carolina
South Carolina
L 38-273-6 (0-5)Swann 127Davis 167Sheppard 95
Sat, Nov 12@
Kentucky
24 Kentucky
W 24-214-6 (1-5)Wright 184Davis 129Sheppard 88

The Gators have a signature win over #7 Utah and an underdog win over Texas A&M. They are bowl eligible and seeking a strong finish in year one of Billy Napier's Scared Money Don't Make Money era. The back half of the Gator season has featured a lot of first-time starters and first-time action for youngsters and lesser known Mullen recruits.

DATEOPPONENTRESULTW-LHIGH PASSHIGH RUSHHIGH REC
Sat, Sep 3vs
Utah
7 Utah
W 29-261-0 (0-0)Richardson 168Richardson 106Pearsall 67
Sat, Sep 10vs
Kentucky
20 Kentucky
L 26-161-1 (0-1)Richardson 143Johnson Jr. 62Henderson 50
Sat, Sep 17vs
South Florida
South Florida
W 31-282-1 (0-1)Richardson 112Johnson Jr. 103Shorter 33
Sat, Sep 24@
Tennessee
11 Tennessee
L 38-332-2 (0-2)Richardson 453Richardson 62Shorter 155
Sun, Oct 2vs
Eastern Washington
Eastern Washington
W 52-173-2 (0-2)Richardson 240Pearsall 76Shorter 75
Sat, Oct 8vs
Missouri
Missouri
W 24-174-2 (1-2)Richardson 66Johnson Jr. 86Shorter 20
Sat, Oct 15vs
LSU
LSU
L 45-354-3 (1-3)Richardson 185Richardson 109Shorter 71
Sat, Oct 29vs
Georgia
1 Georgia *
L 42-204-4 (1-4)Richardson 271Etienne 53Henderson 110
Sat, Nov 5@
Texas A&M
Texas A&M
W 41-245-4 (2-4)Richardson 201Johnson Jr. 100Pearsall 65
Sat, Nov 12vs
South Carolina
South Carolina
W 38-66-4 (3-4)Richardson 112Johnson Jr. 161Douglas 53

The Gators are a top-15 rushing team are just outside the top 25 in total offense. The Gator defense is ranked around #100 in several categories, but has been a top-10 defense in the past two games.

Team Stats​

FloridaVanderbilt
Points Per Game31.9 (#42)26.4 (#82)
Points Allowed Per Game26.9 (#74)35.2 (#121)
Total Yards438.9 (#31)363.0 (#86)
Yards Passing213.2 (#86)203.3 (#102)
Yards Rushing225.7 (#11)159.7 (#60)
Yards Allowed421.0 (#105)457.8 (#123)
Pass Yards Allowed249.8 (#95)293.5 (#130)
Rush Yards Allowed171.2 (#95)164.3 (#91)

Assuming the Gators are not caught looking ahead to FSU, the Gators should cruise to a 38-10 victory.
 

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Never mind the UK outcomes (theirs OR ours...WE should have BEATEN UK OURSELVES earlier this season, even with them playing MUCH better at that time (we were, and by now certainly ARE, the better team) than they showed against an efficiently more balanced Vandy than we're used to seeing. We are even more relatively talented these guys than we were UK...Simply put, we should win this going away.
We play at the level we played LAST week, even better, take ANOTHER step forward, and we'll go into Tallahassee on a similar roll to the one our lately suddenly much-hyped cross-state rivals. have supposedly been on.
In both cases, ours AND theirs, all this is mainly RELATIVE to the forgettable (if we all try hard enough) lackluster level of talent and play characterized for some years now in these annual meetings.
But we ALL wanna see us WIN out now.
So do them and theirs.
Let's go out and make damn sure that THAT is what WE at least will be playing for.
 

DRU2012

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This could be a trap game especially since they beat UK. I hate to say that but don't look ahead.
"Hate to say it" myself!
I have tended more and more to go into Gator games with that feeling this season, even WITH our seeming "turnaround" (we could see that the schedule was toughest on the FRONT end from BEFORE the season, after all).
The other thing about this streak near the end though is that it HASN'T solely been the schedule that explains our improving record: This team is on the upswing under Billy Napier in every way, by every sign to be sure.
So at this point I am cursed with the same trepidation--but also a growing sense of confidence that in spite of all the downs earlier, the ups of late are genuine.
We all keep hearing how we "SHOULD beat this Vanderbilt team", and we know it's true. The Mullen-built team that over-achieved in Game 1 then reverted to character from there forward for most quarters til the 2nd half in J-ville, has of late more and more fully morphed into the "foundation of TOMORROW'S Gators".
Depth questions, cold weather, early start or no, we look like an SEC program on the upsurge now, and deserve that confidence vs this opponent.
The larger test will come in next week's finale against our rival in Tallahassee...just don't get caught looking ahead, boys!
 
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DRU2012

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ANOTHER loss on the NEXT play.
Yikes--we look like the bumbling early-season Gators now. Cold weather/early start???
 

DRU2012

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Looks like WE are benefitting from the kinds of things we often have been the victims of ourselves, mistake-wise.
 

DRU2012

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Got three, but left points on the field.
I am HATING our receiving corps. After Piersall now, does NOT appear we got much.
These guys dropped at least THREE easy ones, right on their hands on the last drive--including the one that cost them the TD.
If you got any more, Billy, get THEM in there. These ones you're checking out are garbage!
 

DRU2012

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Bad sign our screwing up in the redzone again.
A major weakness in our Offense, clearly.
 

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