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Before I move on to my prediction, I’d like to give my heartfelt thanks to all of you for the comforting and caring comments you’ve made on the blog I wrote earlier this week about my father (Robbie Andreu ) receiving a game ball from the Georgia game from Urban Meyer on Monday. Your kindness and sympathy have helped me and my family during this difficult time. My Dad lived a good, long life, just a few days short of 88 years, but it’s never easy to say goodbye to a parent, to someone who has been such a big part of your life. I just want everyone to know that your thoughts and prayers have been greatly appreciated.

Now, on to this week’s pick.

Meyer is big on momentum, and the Gators finally have some after what happened in Jacksonville last Saturday. Not only did the Gators beat arch-rival Georgia in overtime, they unveiled a new no-huddle, hurry-up offense that has the players and coaches jacked about the possibilities over the remainder of the season.

The Gators did an amazing job (450 total yards) considering they had been seriously working on the new offense for only a few weeks. This offense should get better and better the more they practice it and run it in games. Playing against a Vanderbilt defense that ranks last in the SEC should give the offense another shot of confidence.

Vanderbilt isn’t much better on offense — last in the SEC as well. So, maybe this is a chance for the Florida defense to clean some things up and produce a confidence-building performance of its own.

Meyer and the Gators are wary of this one. They know it’s a potential trap game, they know the Commodores will try everything they can to pull the upset.

This game will be competitive early, but I think the Gators have too much speed, too many athletes, for Vanderbilt to keep up over a 60-minute game.UF’s fastbreak offense wore down the Georgia defense a week ago. It will do the same to Vandy’s on Saturday.

Prediction: Florida 38, Vanderbilt 10.

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  1. Pretty close to what I was thinking too Robbie. I think 35 – 13 UF, with Vandy getting a “gimme” TD late against the Gator back-ups. I’m appraoching this game warily as well, but I don’t expect a repeat performance from last year. if you’ll recall, we had that close call against Arkansas and then we “tweaked” the offense in the off-week before Georgia, scoring two quick TD’s to start the game and doing all kinds of neat, new stuff. Then it was back to the same-o, same-o the next couple of week, with paultry offensive performances against Vandy (27-3) and South Carolina (24-14). I said then about Steve Addazio what I have repeatedly said this season about him… “a leopard can’t change it’s spots’. He’ll never change from the being the predictable, rigidly unimaginative OC he is now, but here’s the difference this year… WR’s coach Azzani has been enlisted by coach Meyer to install a fast-break, up-tempo system, and from what I could tell, it looks like there are more people involved in the play-calling than just Addazio. That’s good IMO, because two or more heads are better than just one in helping our offens eget back on track.

  2. Vandy gets a gift TD some time during the game, though our defense, when playing its “A” game,should shut out the last place league offense today. So maybe the TD comes on special teams or a stupid pick six tossed by one of our three developing QBs.

    Our offense will roll, especially on the ground, and we will be seeing a short field for most of the day, thanks to a rejuvenated Chaz Henry. Defense and special teams both will score, and the final will be 51 – 7. (Henry gets to kick one for practice.)

    Then bring on the ‘Cocks and the Cocky One.

  3. First of all Robbie, your score (prediction) – was closer that the last few…
    SECondly, I am convinced we have a GREAT FRESHMAN CLASS and we have BRIGHT FUTURE…(now I am closer to understanding what hapened over the summer camps with the UNDER-CLASSMEN- they PROBABLY were SHOWING-OUT the upper-classmen)… BUT, hey, WE ARE ALL GATORS AROUND HERE!
    Lastly, way to go CHRIS RAINEY -nothing MORE DANGEROUS THAN AN ALL-STAR TRYING TO EARN HIS WINGS BACK!!!!!
    COACH – stop trying to run OCALA TRINITY OFFENSE IN THE BEGINING OF THE GAMES – we KNOW WHAT WORKS COACH!!! WE HAVE EYES, TOO!
    GOOOOO GATORS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SEE YA IN ATL CAM!!!!

    ~gatorgi70x7