Vanderbilt Opponent #9: Florida Gators

On November 5 Vanderbilt travels south to Gainesville, Florida to take on the Gators. VandyMania takes an early look at this game and predicts the winner.

Date: Nov. 5, 2005
Site: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

Florida

Head coach: Urban Meyer (0-0 at Florida, photo at right)

2004 Record: 7-5, 4-4 SEC

Top Returnees:

OFFENSE: WR Dallas Baker, Sr.; WR Andre Caldwell, Jr.; LG Lance Butler, Sr.; C Mike Degory, Sr.; RT Randy Hand, Sr.; TE Tate Casey, So.; QB Chris Leak, Jr.; FB Billy Latsko, Jr.

DEFENSE: DE Joe Cohen, Jr.; DT Marcus Thomas, Jr.; DT Ray McDonald, Jr.; DE Jeremy Mincey, Sr.; SLB Earl Everett, Jr.; CB Demetrice Webb, Jr.; FS Jarvis Herring, Sr.

2004 Results

Sept. 11 EASTERN MICHIGAN, W 49-10 Sept. 18 at Tennessee, L 28-30 Sept. 25 KENTUCKY, W 20-3 Oct. 2 ARKANSAS, W 45-30 Oct. 9 LSU, L 21-24 Oct. 16 MIDDLE TENNESSEE, W 52-16 Oct. 23 at Mississippi State, L 31-38 Oct. 30 Georgia, L 24-31 Nov. 6 at Vanderbilt, W 34-17 Nov. 13 SOUTH CAROLINA, W 48-14 Nov. 20 at Florida State, W 20-13 Dec. 31 vs. Miami, Fla., L 10-27

2005 Schedule

Sept. 3 WYOMING
Sept. 10 LOUISIANA TECH
Sept. 17 TENNESSEE
Sept. 24 at Kentucky
Oct. 1 at Alabama
Oct. 8 MISSISSIPPI STATE
Oct. 15 at LSU
Oct. 29 vs. Georgia (Jacksonville)
Nov. 5 VANDERBILT
Nov. 12 at South Carolina
Nov. 26 FLORIDA STATE


Florida Statistics

Category.................NCAA ... AVG
Rushing Offense .........58...... 155.83 
Passing Offense .........14...... 271.08 
Total Offense ...........22...... 426.92  
Scoring Offense .........19...... 31.83 
Rushing Defense .........53...... 141.92   
Passing Defense .........27...... 111.30    
Total Defense ...........42...... 345.58     
Scoring Defense .........31...... 21.08  
Turnover Margin..........40...... (.33)   
Net Punting .............49...... 36.23 

REMARKS: Vandy put the Gators to test last season, leading at halftime. Florida's depth took over in the second half and allowed the Gators to hold on. This season the Commodores will travel to hostile Gainesville and the odds of picking up a win will be even less.

EARLY PREDICTION: The battle for top quarterback in the SEC will be fought here. Ultimately the Gators will win with better defense.

Vanderbilt 20
Florida 40


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