September 28, 2017 at 12:13 am #24513
The Vandy game always comes at a critical mid-point in the Gator schedule. We’re a bit weary and usually off a UK win. Historically, the term “trap game” is used a lot in this week of the season.
That’s one reasons we do not have the decades long win streak against the Dores. Often serving as our homecoming opponent, Vandy does not get a lot of respect in Gainesville. I’ve thought in years past that we have coasted through preparations for this game and often found ourselves in a pitched battle, both home and away.
This year is a confluence of many factors that could make this game even more competitive. Since Coach Mason arrived in Nashville, they play at a high level. The Alabama game was one of the first times in his tenure they’ve been rolled by any team. Even on the road, we’re going to see a team backed into the corner and ready to prove they’re much better than how they played last week.
The Gators are still getting it together, especially on offense. Adjusting to missing personnel and rusty from cancelled practices and games. We’re vulnerable to a physical, clock-eating, run-oriented team.
This could be closer than I would like with good Gator offensive numbers but not necessarily the score to go with it. Ralph Webb will decoy early and then rumble late. Here we are again in a season where the Vandy game is a test of Gator focus and resolve.
I never take a Gator win for granted in this game, especially this season. Gators should come out victorious but don’t play the spread if you are a gambler.
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September 28, 2017 at 1:36 pm #24524
mtn2top said – “The Vandy game always comes at a critical mid-point in the Gator schedule. We’re a bit weary and usually off a UK win.”
more accurately, UF & Vandy have played the week after the WLOCP. it has only been recently (since the addition of aTm & Mizzou) that the Vandy game has been sporadically moved for scheduling purposes. This is the first year playing after Kentucky.
All of the other years have been after big rivalry games, which seem to take more out of teams than any other game. besides UGA, it’s been played after TN & LSU. This is what I’ve attributed to the lackluster performances by UF against Vandy to.
September 29, 2017 at 12:05 pm #24550
In the game we played vandy in our 1996 NC year, the Gators won a tight game 28-21. Then we had to stop cutler in 2005 in a wild 49-42 double overtime win at Ben Hill. Both games had crazy penalties, and if it wasn’t for a penalty at the end of regulation, the Gators could have lost the 2005 game.
They did get beat badly last week but they are 3-1 and will likely be seeking some redemption. You are correct mtn2 we are typically preparing for our next opponent during the vandy week. If we are looking at the lsu this week, we could be in trouble.
Florida should win 28-10 if we can play some offense.
September 29, 2017 at 12:33 pm #24551
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