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.