Game Day Headquarters: Florida at Vanderbilt

There aren't quite as many story lines as last week for these Florida Gators, but we can't understate the importance of the SEC contest with Vanderbilt on Saturday night.

Florida Gators (4-3)(3-3) vs. Vanderbilt Commodores(3-6)(0-5)
Saturday November 8, 2014; 7:30 P.M. ET
Vanderbilt Stadium; Nashville, Tennessee
TV: ESPN Network

No first start for a freshman quarterback. No chance of the head coach getting fired right after the game. No top 10 opponent on the venue. No rivalry game against the biggest conference rival on the schedule. All of those things are true about Saturday night's game with Vanderbilt, but that doesn't make this game a very important one for the future of the program.

Let's talk about things outside of the game itself. This game, just like every one left on the schedule is very important to head coach Will Muschamp and his tenure as the Gator coach. Muschamp can't afford any more mishaps along the way to the end of the season, if in fact we haven't reached the limit of those mishaps already.

Common sense would tell you that the strong showing against Georgia last weekend would mean things are still on the tracks, but this Gator staff and team still needs to perform at a higher level to finish the season.

That starts Saturday against a SEC win-less Vanderbilt team that struggles on both sides of the ball. The Commodores sound like a perfect remedy for a squad that needs to find some confidence and some consistency for Freshman quarterback Treon Harris and an offense that has been really inconsistent this year.

To say that this offense isn't an improvement over year's past isn't being totally truthful. In fact, Florida averages more points per game and more yards per game than any offense in the last 10 years that Tim Tebow has not been a part of.

Vanderbilt is also last in the SEC in scoring offense and total offense, but hooes that their new quarterback Johnny McCrary is a guy that is starting to heat up that offense to do big things.

This game is important for Vanderbilt Derek Mason too as he is still looking for his first SEC win. The closest he has come is a 10 point loss to Kentucky, but he's in his first year and there is no pressing time like there is for Muschamp.

For Muschamp he needs a solid win. He needs the Gator offense to look good and build on a terrific performance against Georgia. He needs the passing game to step up and produce with his new quarterback. He also needs his defense to play at its best to complete a hopeful complete win.

I don't know if all of those things will happen, but the way this Vanderbilt team has looked this year, it appears all of that is completely possible. I am not willing to go too far over the gators average of 30 points a game this year,, but I will take the Gators in a 38-10 win.

Check the links below for all of our coverage on the gators and this matchup with Vanderbilt...

Fives for Vandy

Video: Gator safeties preparing without Neal

Thoughts of the Day, Nov. 7

Video: Hargreaves and gators moving forward

Podcast: Gators and More (11/6)

Thoughts of the day, Nov. 6

Vanderbilt offers a chance for revenge

Treon won't be held back

Rapid Recap: Vandy week

Durkin sees vanderbilt offense improving

Thoughts of the day; Nov. 5

Video: "Everyone counted us out"

McNeely still living a dream

Video: Morrison ready to finish strong

Gators will have Harris throw more

Thoughts of the day, Nov. 4

Hollywood Bob's Midday Matinee

Podcast: Gators and More (11/3)

Building off of Georgia

Garcia gets emotional talking McNeely

Thoughts of the day, Nov. 3


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