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How and what to watch for No. 6 Florida vs. Vanderbilt

The Gators will be looking to keep the good times rolling on Saturday when they face the winless Commodores.

Kyle Pitts of the Florida Gators runs the ball against the Missouri Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 31, 2020 in Gainesville, Florida. Photo by Courtney Culbreath/Collegiate Images/Getty Images

The No. 6-ranked Florida Gators will be looking to rise up the AP/Coaches poll when they take on the winless Vanderbilt Commodores Saturday at 12:00 p.m. ET in Nashville, TN.

The Gators (5-1) are coming into this weekend’s SEC matchup off a dominating 63-35 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks last week. Senior quarterback Kyle Trask was 23-of-29 for 356 yards and six touchdowns. The 6-foot-5 quarterback is making a strong case to be in the Heisman Trophy conversation as he has 2,171 passing yards, 28 touchdowns, and three interceptions. Florida senior wide receiver Trevon Grimes led the way with a season-high six receptions for 109 yards and two touchdowns.

Florida will not have standout tight end Kyle Pitts this week, who missed last week’s game with a concussion. Pitts has been one of the best offensive players in the country, producing 24 receptions for 414 yards and eight touchdowns. The Gators’ offense should not have problems with Vandy’s defense, which is allowing 443 total yards and 35.8 points per game.

As for Vanderbilt (0-6), they lost 38-35 to the Kentucky Wildcats on the road. But despite what the boxscore says, this game wasn’t close as the Wildcats held a 38-21 lead with 9:14 left in the fourth quarter. Vandy freshman quarterback Ken Seals played better against Kentucky than he did the previous week versus Mississippi State. Seals was 21-of-32 for 225 yards and two touchdowns. In addition to Seals, sophomore running back Keyon Henry-Brooks had his second 100-yard rushing game, recording 121 yards on 29 carries. However, he did not score a single touchdown, ending his two-game streak of finding the end zone.

If the Commodores want to pull the upset, they are going to need Seals and the offense to play perfect football. And their defense will have to create some type of pressure on Trask in the pocket. This season, Vandy is ranked second to last in the SEC with eight sacks. The Gators’ defense ranks first in the conference with 19.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch No. 6 Florida vs. Vanderbilt on Saturday, November 21st at 12:00 p.m. ET on ESPN, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: No. 6 Florida (-31.5) vs. Vanderbilt
Point Total: 67.5
Money line: No. 6 Florida vs. Vanderbilt N/A

  • The Gators are 7-3 in their last 10 against the spread
  • UF has gone over the total in seven of their last eight games
  • Vandy has lost seven in a row overall, and are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 at home

Betting splits

No. 6 Florida: (98% of handle, 96% percent of bets)
Vanderbilt: (2% of handle, 4% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

Pick: It’s just how high does Dan Mullen want to go here. After their confrontation in 2018 where he got into a run-in with Commodores coach Derek Mason, we bet that’s pretty high. We’ll lay the wood and hope UF wants to rub it in.

UF -31.5

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