Head-to-head: Vanderbilt vs. Florida

Head-to-head: Vanderbilt vs. Florida

Next up for Vanderbilt is Florida. VandyMania.com compares different critical team areas of Vanderbilt and Florida and indicates which team has the edge.

VANDERBILT
EDGE
AREA
Florida
EDGE
COMMENTS
 
Vanderbilt rushing offense
vs.
Florida rushing defense
 
This matchup pits the No. 76 (143 ypg) Vandy rushing offense against the No. 39 (131 ypg) Florida rushing defense. Starting Vandy tailback Warren Norman is out for the season with a dislocated wrist. Zac Stacy is almost a co-starter and has rushed for 321 yards and 3 touchdowns this season. Kennard Reeves and Wesley Tate should see more action with Norman out. Both are slower but bigger and harder runners than Norman. The Florida defense is quick and athletic. Senior safety Ahmad Black leads the Gators in tackles with 72. He also has five tackles for losses. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins has 41 tackles.  
 
Vanderbilt passing offense
vs.
Florida passing defense
 
This matchup pits the No. 110th (144 ypg) passing offense of Vandy against the No. 21 (185 ypg) passing defense of Florida. Vanderbilt quarterback Larry Smith has completed 89-of-176 passes for 1,030, 6 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Smith's top target is junior tight end Brandon Barden who has 80 career catches for 833 yards and 8 touchdowns. Florida has four defensive backs that each have at least three interceptions this season. The Gators have a total of 16 picks on the season. Vanderbilt is 95th nationally in sacks allowed while the Gators are 69th in sacks registered.  
 
Florida rushing offense
vs.
Vanderbilt rushing defense
 
This matchup pits Florida's No. 58 (153 ypg) rushing offense against the No. 89 (177 ypg) rushing defense of Vanderbilt. Jeff Demps has 78 carries for 488 yards and three touchdowns this season for the Gators. Vanderbilt's rushing defense seems to have progressively gotten worse and worse as the season has gone on but fared a little better statistically last week against pass happy Arkansas. Safety Sean Richardson leads the Commodores in tackles with 69. He also has 6 1/2 tackles for losses. Middle linebacker Chris Marve has 58 stops.  
EVEN  
Florida passing offense
vs.
Vanderbilt passing defense
EVEN  
This matchup pits the No. 81 (190 ypg) Florida passing offense against the No. 86 (237 ypg) Vandy passing defense. It's hard to believe that the Commodores' passing defense has sunk this low. Gator quarterback John Brantley has completed 145-of-233 passes for 1,459 yards, 6 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Brantley's top receiver is Deonte Thompson who has 27 catches for 389 yards. Vanderbilt's Casey Hayward has five interceptions on the season and ranks in the top 5 nationally in that category. Florida is No. 47 in the nation in sacks allowed while Vandy is No. 78 in sacks registered.  
EVEN
Special Teams
EVEN  
Florida is No. 1 nationally in net punting (43.9 ypp) while Vanderbilt is 12th (39.9 ypp). Chas Henry leads the nation in yards per punt with a 48.8 average. Richard Kent of Vanderbilt averages 41.3 yards per punt. Vanderbilt averages 23 yards per kickoff return while Florida average 26 yards per return. Vandy will be without return man Norman because of the earlier mentioned dislocated wrist. Vandy and Florida both average about 7 yards per punt return. Vandy allows opponents 22 yards per kickoff return while the Gators are allowing 23 yards per return. Florida allows about 11 yards per punt return while Vandy gives up just 2 1/2 yards per punt return. Vandy's Ryan Fowler has made 3-of-4 field goals on the season with a long of 30 yards. Chas Henry has connected on 4-of-8 field goals with a long of 39 yards.  
 
Coaching
 
Vanderbilt head coach Robbie Caldwell is 2-6 in his first season as a head coach. He has over 30 years of experience as an assistant coach. Florida head coach Urban Meyer has a career record of 101-21 and has led the Gators to two national titles.  
 
Intangibles
 
Florida's overtime win over Georgia now puts the Gators in the running for an SEC East title and a berth in the SEC Championship game.  

PREDICTION: Florida 28, Vanderbilt 7.

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