The Florida Gators did it again last week, coming back from a 13-point deficit to defeat the Kentucky Wildcats 28-27. This is the second week in a row that Florida has come from behind to win a game in the closing moments and each against two pretty decent football teams.
This week, the Gators host the Vanderbilt Commodores in what could be a possible “trap game,” if Florida isn’t careful. The Commodores are coming off of a very rough loss last week, being shut out by Alabama 59-0. However, the Vanderbilt team looked pretty solid in its three games prior to facing the top team in the country. They opened the season 3-0 after wins against the likes of Middle Tennessee, Alabama A&M, and Kansas State.
With only Kansas State being ranked higher than Florida, Vanderbilt has got a deep amount of talent on their roster. Quarterback Kyle Shurmur has posted a 71% completion percentage and has thrown for eight touchdowns so far this season. He is accompanied in the backfield by rotating running backs Ralph Webb and Khari Blasingame, with Webb taking the majority of the carries and finding the end zone twice.
This will be an interesting game for Florida. The Gators will need to keep their eyes on Vanderbilt only this weekend, though they take on LSU for homecoming next week. After all of the drama that ensued with LSU last year, Florida might be a little too eager to face the Tigers and forget about the current challenge in front of them.
Vanderbilt is going to come in with a chip on their shoulder after the humiliating blowout loss to Alabama. It is imperative that the Gators to remain focused on the Commodores, if they expect to continue their winning ways. Each of the last two games between these teams have been Florida wins, but more importantly only one-score victories including a 1-point win last year for Florida.
In a game that could have scary potential for the Gators, it is still quite possible to come away with an easy victory. But, 59-0 loss last week or not, the Commodores should not be overlooked.