College Football
Florida at Vanderbilt
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 1, 2016
Where: Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

No. 21 Florida might have to play without quarterback Luke Del Rio for a second consecutive week when it travels Saturday to Vanderbilt, but the other side of the football is the bigger concern for the Gators. Florida – which came into Saturday with the nation’s top-ranked defense – gave up 38 consecutive points in blowing a 21-0 lead last week at Tennessee, dropping the Gators out of the top spot in the SEC East.

“It definitely went south pretty quickly,” safety Marcus Maye told reporters as the Gators look to bounce back after being shredded for 250 passing yards in the second half. “Coming out on the wrong end is definitely something that’s humbling.” The Commodores also struggled on defense last week, escaping with a 31-30 overtime victory at Western Kentucky thanks to running back Ralph Webb’s touchdown run on the final play of regulation and a missed 2-point conversion by the Hilltoppers in overtime. Vanderbilt allowed 496 yards of total offense and 6.2 yards per rushing attempts. “Defensively we have some things we’ve got to clean up obviously, but it was a win, a great win,” Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason told reporters.

TV: Noon ET, SEC Network. LINE: Florida -10

ABOUT FLORIDA (3-1, 1-1 SEC): Even with last week’s meltdown, the Gators still lead the SEC in total defense (221.8 yard per game, fourth nationally) and are allowing a league-best 13 points per game. Appleby, a fifth-year senior transfer from Purdue, completed 23-of-39 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns at Tennessee as Del Rio recovers from a knee injury. Better offensive line play also is needed this week, after the Gators rushed for just 19 yards on 13 attempts in the second half last week.

ABOUT VANDERBILT (2-2, 0-1 SEC): Quarterback Kyle Shurmur played well down the stretch in the Commodores' rally, going 8-for-12 for 155 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter and overtime. Webb leads the SEC in rushing (472 yards) and is ninth nationally after rushing for 95 yards and three touchdowns last week. Vanderbilt is allowing 452.5 yards per contest, next-to-last in the SEC.


1. Florida has won 24 of its past 25 meeting with Vanderbilt, including a 9-7 home victory last season.

2. The Commodores have surrendered 92 points in three games since a 13-10 loss to South Carolina in the season opener.

3. The Gators will face three ranked teams in a four-game span after Saturday (LSU, Georgia, Arkansas).

PREDICTION: Florida 37, Vanderbilt 20
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Florida 3-1 L1 32.2 13.0 3-0 0-1 3-1 0-0 1-1
Vanderbilt 2-2 W1 23.8 26.2 1-1 1-1 0-1 0-0 0-1
Last Meeting
Florida Vanderbilt
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/7/15 VAN 7 FLA 9 258 93 165 175 145 30
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Florida T. Harris 50.0 158 0 1
Vanderbilt J. McCrary 21.4 30 0 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Florida K. Taylor 17 47 2.8 1
Vanderbilt R. Webb 22 118 5.4 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Florida D. Robinson 9 106 11.8 0
Vanderbilt S. Dobbs 1 21 21.0 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Florida K. Taylor 1
Vanderbilt R. Webb 1
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Florida L. Del Rio 61.4 762 6 2
Vanderbilt K. Shurmur 55.2 614 3 2
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Florida J. Scarlett 43 219 5.1 3
Vanderbilt R. Webb 94 472 5.0 5
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Florida A. Callaway 17 335 19.7 2
Vanderbilt K. Lipscomb 11 146 13.3 2
Touchdowns Player TD
Florida J. Scarlett 3
Vanderbilt R. Webb 5
Quickchart Matchup
Florida Florida Off vs  Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Def
Florida 450 yards
Vanderbilt 452.5 yards
Florida 4.7 yards/rush
Vanderbilt 5.4 yards/rush
Florida 7.5 yards/attempt
Vanderbilt 7.2 yards/attempt
Vanderbilt Vanderbilt Off vs  Florida Florida Def
Vanderbilt 312.5 yards
Florida 221.8 yards
Vanderbilt 3.7 yards/rush
Florida 2.1 yards/rush
Vanderbilt 5.9 yards/attempt
Florida 6.8 yards/attempt