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
AREA
Florida
COMMENTS
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Vanderbilt rushing offense
vs.
Florida rushing defense
E  
Even. No big disparity here. Vanderbilt's rushing attack is rated No. 48 nationally and gains 165 yards per game on average. The Gator rushing defense is rated No. 19 in the nation and limits their opponents to 107 yards a game. Vanderbilt is led in rushing by senior Cassen Jackson-Garrison who is always a threat to break the long run.  
E  
Vanderbilt passing offense
vs.
Florida passing defense
E  
Even. Florida allows over 250 yards passing a game while Vanderbilt manages just about 161 yards per game.  
E  
Florida rushing offense
vs.
Vanderbilt rushing defense
E  
Even. Florida No. 28 nationally in rushing averaging 187 yards per game. Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is the Gator's leading rushing averaging 70 yards per game. However, he was limited to -15 yards rushing by Georgia last week. Vanderbilt, led by middle linebacker Jonathan Goff, is 27th nationally in rushing defense allowing just 118 yards per game.  
E  
Florida passing offense
vs.
Vanderbilt passing defense
E  
Even. The Florida offense ranks No. 1 nationally in passing effiency. Vanderbilt's passing defense is no slouch either ranking 11th in pass efficiency defense. Vanderbilt's D.J. Moore has 5 interceptions already this season.  
E  
Special Teams
E  
Even. Both teams have solid special teams. Vanderbilt's Bryant Hahnfeldt has connected on 10 of 14 field goal attempts. Florida's Joey Ijjas has made 7 of 9 attempts. Florida's Brandon Jones and Vanderbilt's D.J. Moore both are breakaway threat on returns. Vanderbilt has substantially improved their net punting average since the first two games of the season.  
 
Coaching
X  
Vanderbilt's Bobby Johnson has steadily improved the once struggling Vanderbilt program since he arrived in 2002. After finishing 6-29 in his first three years he is 14-17 since the 2005 opener. Florida's Urban Meyer led the Gators to a National Title in 2006.  

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