Head to head: Vanderbilt vs. Florida

Next up for Vanderbilt is the No. 4 ranked Florida Gators. VandyMania.com compares different critical team areas of Vanderbilt and Florida and indicates which team has the edge.

Vanderbilt
AREA
Florida
COMMENTS
 
Vanderbilt rushing offense
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Florida rushing defense
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Vanderbilt's rushing offense has steadily declined since being #17 in the nation after the Rice game. The Commodores will need to get this aspect of their game going to have a chance against the Gators who only allow just over 100 yards rushing per game.  
 
Vanderbilt passing offense
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Florida passing defense
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The Commodores have struggled with the pass all season. While yards passing has increased over the past few games Vanderbilt has suffered from increased interceptions which has swung their previous advantage in take aways to the opponents. The Dores will need carful passing from their quarterback and few drops from their receivers. Tight end Brandon Barden is Vandy's most reliable reciever; he has 18 catches on the season. Florida has a tough passing defense that's ranked 32nd nationally. The Gator's Ahmad Black is a player you don't want to throw it near. He has 4 interceptions returned for 184 yards and 2 touchdowns.  
EVEN  
Florida rushing offense
vs.
Vanderbilt rushing defense
EVEN  
Many think of Florida as just a great passing team but what really makes their offense so lethal is their rushing game. The Gator running game, paced by Jeffrey Demps and others, is averaging over 190 yards a game. Vanderbilt has a solid rushing defense. Linebackers Chris Marve and John Stokes pace the Commodore run defense.  
EVEN  
Florida passing offense
vs.
Vanderbilt passing defense
EVEN  
Florida does have a great passing game; it's led by 2007 Heisman Tropy winner Tim Tebow. Tebow's favorite target is Percy Harvin who so far this season has 35 catches for 7 touchdowns. Vanderbilt's secondary is solid with sound play from corners D.J. Moore and Myron Lewis. Vanderbilt is also 9th nationally in sacks per game.  
 
Special Teams
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Vanderbilt's special teams played well in the first half of the season. However,their 2007 headaches have returned over the past few games. Vanderbilt return man D.J. Moore is always a threat to make a big return and punter Brett Upson has been solid. Vandy fans hope Bryant Hahnfeldt can return to his early season form when he was a perfect kicker. Florida has the second best punt return game in the nation and is 18th nationally in kickoff returns. Kicker Jonathan Phillips is a perfect 9 of 9 on field goals for the Gators so far this season.  
 
Coaching
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Florida coach Urban Meyer led the Gators to a national title in 2006. Vanderbilt head coach Bobby Johnson has Vanderbilt on the verge of its first bowl game since 1982.  

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