Scouting Florida’s 2020 opponents: Game 9 — Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt wide receiver Cam Johnson scores a touchdown during the first half against South Carolina on, Nov. 2, 2019, in Columbia, S.C. South Carolina defeated Vanderbilt 24-7. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

Editor’s note: While we have no idea when college football will start, we are bringing you a look at each of the 12 opponents Florida has scheduled to play.

Today: Vanderbilt.

When: Nov. 7, TBD.

Where: Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, Tenn. 

Last year: It was not a good year for the Commodores, as they went 3-9 with the only bright spot a win over Missouri. That record also included a 56-0 loss to Florida. Vandy is now 20 games under .500 in Mason’s six seasons and 10-38 in the SEC. The biggest problem last year was an offense that ranked 124th in the nation. 

Outlook for 2020: There is no question that Mason is on the hot seat, even with an interim athletic director. He did what he has done before, cleaning out his staff and roster. Mason has a new offensive coordinator and new defensive coordinator and all four quarterbacks who played last year are gone. So Vanderbilt will be different, but nobody knows if it will be better.  

Best offensive player: The Commodores lost their three big playmakers, all of whom were invited to the NFL Combine. Wide receiver Cam Johnson was steady last year with a catch in every game and 30 for the season, three for touchdowns. 

Best defensive player: Defensive end Dayo Edeyingbo could be ready for a big year as a senior. Last year he was fourth in the SEC with 12 tackles for a loss. At 6-foot-6, 275 pounds, he has the length to be a disruptive force on what should be a strong Vanderbilt defense.

Fun fact: Florida has only lost 10 times to Vanderbilt in 53 games. Only one of those losses — in 2013 — came in the last 29 games against the Commodores. UF has won six in a row against Mason.  

Quote: “Vanderbilt will be an experimental offense with a new quarterback and a defense with enough experience to improve from a year ago. The talent level is about the same as last year’s 3-9 team and any improvement will depend on how they adjust to new coaching.” — Adam Sparks, The Tennessean.