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.

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Florida
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Vanderbilt rushing offense
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Florida rushing defense
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Two solid units meet here. Vanderbilt's rushing offense is ranked 34th nationally gaining 180 per game. Freshmen Warren Norman and Zac Stacy have played well for the Commodores this season. The Gator rushing defense is solid as well, allowing just 98 yards per game. Linebacker Ryan Stamper leads Florida in tackles with 48.  
 
Vanderbilt passing offense
vs.
Florida passing defense
 
Easy Florida edge here. The Gators are ranked No. 2 in the nation in passing defense, allowing only 139 yards per game. Outside linebacker A.J. Jones and safety Major Wright each have 3 interceptions for the Gators. Defensive ends Carlos Dunlap and Jermaine Cunningham have a combined 11 sacks. Vanderbilt will go with redshirt senior Mackenzi Adams at quarterback due to an injury to Larry Smith. Adams has just 239 yards passing this season but has well over 2,000 yards for his career. Wide receiver John Cole and tight end Brandon Barden lead the team in catches with 24 and 19 respectively.  
 
Florida rushing offense
vs.
Vanderbilt rushing defense
 
Clear Gator edge here. Vandy's rushing defense just isn't what it was last year despite the fact that most of the same players remain. The Commodores are allowing 191 rushing per game to opponents and allowed over 400 in a loss to Georgia Tech on Saturday. The Gators top runner is quarterback Tim Tebow who has 551 yards rushing with 8 scores on the season. Vanderbilt's Chris Marve leads the SEC in tackles with 90.  
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Florida passing offense
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Vanderbilt passing defense
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Vanderbilt pass defense is ranked eighth nationally, allowing only about 160 yards a game. The Commodore secondary is led by senior Myron Lewis and sophomore Casey Hayward. The Gator offense is ranked 90th and averages over 190 yards per game. Florida's top receivers are tight end Aaron Hernandez wide receiver Riley Cooper who each have over 30 catches.  
Special Teams
 
Forida kicker Caleb Sturgis has made 15-of-18 field goal attempts with a long kick of 56 yards. Vanderbilt's Ryan Fowler is 10-of-15 with a long kick of 41 yards. Chas Henry has punted for a 41 yard average this season for the Gators. Vandy's Brett Upson has a 42.8 yard average punt. Florida is ranked in the top 20 nationally in net punting and kickoff returns. However, they rank 94th in punt returns. Vandy is 91st in net punting and 110th in kickoff returns. Warren Norman has returned three kickoffs for touchdowns this season for the Commodores.  
 
Coaching
 
Florida head coach Urban Meyer has led his Gators to two national championships and has them headed towards a possible third. Vanderbilt head coach Bobby Johnson guided the Commodores to their first bowl win in over 50 years.  
 
Intangibles
 
Florida needs a big win over Vandy to keep a solid footing in the BCS standings. Vanderbilt has already secured a losing record and all hopes of a repeat bowl appearance have been vanquished. Florida's Ben Hill Griffin Stadium is one of the tougher road venues in the Southeastern Conference.  


PREDICTION: Florida 38, Vanderbilt 7

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