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Game 6: Vanderbilt Commodores at Florida Gators — Open Game Thread

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NCAA Football: Auburn at Florida Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

2-3 (0-1)
NR (Coaches)
125 (SP+)

October 9, 2021
11:00 AM CT
SEC Network
Radio: WQZQ 830 AM/93.3 FM/101.9 FM(Affiliates)

3-2 (1-2)
20 (AP)
18 (Coaches)
5 (SP+)

Pregame Reading

There’s a decent chance that last week’s 30-28 win over UConn will be the last we see in the 2021 season. Vanderbilt has a record of 2-3 after that game, but things only get more difficult from here and that starts with today’s matchup with the Florida Gators.

Florida is 3-2 and maybe a couple of plays away from being 5-0. The Gators were a failed two-point conversion away from probably going to overtime with Alabama, and Kentucky needed a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown to beat Florida 20-13 last Saturday.

Vanderbilt’s last visit to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium was hideous; the Commodores lost 56-0 in one of the more pathetic performances of the Derek Mason era. There have been a few recent games in the series that have been reasonably competitive, though, including a 9-7 Florida win in 2015 in which Florida needed a late field goal to prevail, and of course there was James Franklin’s 34-17 win over Will Muschamp in 2013. But that game represents Vanderbilt’s only win over Florida since 1988, and one of just two wins that Vanderbilt has ever enjoyed in Gainesville — the other was in 1945.

Have fun, expect to win. Anchor Down.