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Action in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) is well underway as the Florida Gators host the Vanderbilt Commodores Saturday. The Gators are the 20th ranked team in the nation with a record of 3-2 overall and 1-2 in the SEC. The Commodores are 2-3 overall and 0-1 in the conference. Florida has won ther last 5 meetings between the two, including a 38-17 win last year, but Vandy covered as 31.5 point underdogs. Vanderbilt is an even bigger underdog here, as Florida is favored by 39 points. The over-under is set at 58.5.
Vanderbilt ekes out win over UConn
The good news is that Vanderbilt got a win last week to improve to 2-3 overall. The bad news is that the win was over winless Connecticut. And Vanderbilt barely won, beating UConn 30-28 as a 14.5 point favorites. It took a 31 yard field goal by Joseph Bulovas with three seconds left to win it. But when you play in the SEC, you take your wins where you can get them. UConn rolled up 523 total yards against Vanderbilt including more than 300 yards in the air and almost 200 yards on the ground. Vanderbilt had 439 total yards.
Vanderbilt quarterback Ken Seals had a good game as well, throwing for 333 yards on 27 completions in 40 attempts. He had 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Will Sheppard had 8 catches for 119 yards and 2 touchdowns while Chris Pierce had 9 catches for 103 yards. Devin Boddie added 6 catches for 66 yards. Also, running back Rocko Griffin rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown. The defense had 2 interceptions. Tight end Justin Ball and running back Re'Mahn Davis are out for Vanderbilt in the Florida game.
Florida falls to Kentucky
The Florida Gators found out that SEC rival Kentucky is indeed for real last Saturday as Florida traveled to Lexington as a 7.5 point favorite and lost 20-13. The loss dropped the Gators to 3-2 overall and 1-2 in the SEC and their ranking dropped to 20th in the nation. Florida outplayed the now 16th ranked Wildcats, outgaining Kentucky 382 to 224 in total yards. They had 21 first downs to 13 for Kentucky and were better at third down conversions. What killed Florida was penalties. They had 115 yards in penalties while Kentucky only had 30 yards in penalties.
Florida quarterback Emory Jones was 23 for 31 for 203 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Jones also rushed for a team-high 63 yards. Jacob Copeland caught 6 passes for 59 yards while JaQuavion Fraziars caught a touchdown pass. Also, Dameon Pierce rushed for 54 yards while backup quarterback Anthony Richardson rushed for 25 yards. Kentucky's defense really did a job on as Florida offense that averages over 500 yards per game in total yards and 31 points per game. Linebacker Ventrell Miller was lost for the season with a bicep injury back in September while cornerback Kaair Elam is questionable for Saturday with a wrist injury.
- Gators are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss.
- Gators are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Gators are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS loss.
- Gators are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing less than 275 total yards in their previous game
- Commodores are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
- Commodores are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog
- Commodores are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- Commodores are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in October