Vanderbilt scored first, but Florida scored more often. That was the difference in the Commodores' 34-10 loss to the Gators on Saturday.
That defeat dropped Vandy from bowl contention and prevented the 'Dores from jumping back into the top 100 of USA Today's Sagarin ratings. Derek Mason's team had risen to 105th after beating Old Dominion last week, but Saturday's spread-covering loss pushed them back to 109th. If you limit that to solely I-AA teams, Vanderbilt would rank 18th among FCS programs:
Yes, this is a world where Harvard is rated nearly 25 spots higher than a founding member of the SEC. Vandy is currently fifth in the state of Tennessee, behind UT (28th), Memphis (44th), Chattanooga (84th), and Middle Tennessee State (101st). They outranked only two BCS-conference teams - Kansas (112th) and Wake Forest (130th).
The Commodores have a bye week before returning to action against #7 Mississippi State. They'll finish their season against the #28 Volunteers a week later.