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Gators trip to Vandy starts our Saturday college primer

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

It’s the second Saturday in October and the games in conference play start to heat up for state schools. Leading of our primer, USF has already won dramatically on Friday night 25-24 over Tulsa in the final seconds. And Florida State has the bye week off their heart breaking 28-27 loss to Miami and now, dealing with the aftermath and cleanup after Hurricane Michael slammed the Panhandle Wednesday.

Still the games will go on an for all three state school teams in action Saturday, they are on the road. So, here here we go in order:

Gators at Vanderbilt

It’s an early kickoff in Nashville for Florida off an emotional hard fought SEC win over newly formed rival LSU last Saturday in the Swamp. The Gators defense locked the Tigers (above) led by linebacker Vosean Joseph’s 14 tackles and two sacks. Florida had three takeaways, including a pick six in the final two minutes that sealed the deal.

Now, off three straight SEC wins, will the Gators stumble against a mediocre Vanderbilt team with an 11 a.m. local kickoff in Nashville?

It would be a third straight SEC road win, if coach Dan Mullen’s team can get it.

UCF at Memphis

In what is sure to be a wild, high-scoring affair, UCF is the “River City” of Memphis, TN, for their second road game of the year (they had one with UNC wiped out by Hurricane Florence in September).

And this is big one.

The unbeaten Knights have risen to #10 in the AP Poll and are on an 18 game win streak. Led by all everything QB McKenzie Milton, UCF goes for yet another win over the Tigers. They bombed Memphis is in the regular season meeting in Orlando and then, won a cliffhanger 62-55 double OT game for the American Conference Title in December and a perfect regular season at 12-0.

Will Memphis, a team that stumbled two weeks ago at Tulane, be able to score with the Knights? Will UCF turn the ball over and make it easier for them? Will UCF run away with this one and flex their muscle, again?

Miami at Virginia

As already written above, the Canes stormed back to beat rival FSU 28-27 a week ago and keep themselves unbeaten in the ACC. Now, they travel to a placed that has haunted them recently, Charlottesville, VA. The Cavaliers have won the last three meetings at home over Miami.

Will red-shirt freshman N’Kosi Perry improve on his overall play this week? Although he threw three TD passes in the second half of the comeback over the Noles, he was shaky for the first 2 1/2 quarters of the game, as Miami fell behind.

If the Cavaliers have a play maker it’s receiver Olamide Zaccheaus, who has over 2,000 receiving and over 500 yards rushing in his career.

Miami hopes to continue to bring out the vaunted “Turnover Chain” again and again. They have 14 of them now in six games.

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