Saturday, June 23, 2018
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College football preview: Florida vs. Vanderbilt, noon Saturday, Sun Sports, 620-AM

Florida vs. Vanderbilt, noon, Sun Sports, 620-AM

Florida (4-4, 3-3 SEC) is on a three-game losing streak and needs to win at least two of its last four to avoid becoming the program's first team not on probation to miss out on a bowl game since 1979. Florida has won 22 consecutive games against Vanderbilt (4-4, 1-4). The Gators have had trouble with big receivers, so watch for 6-foot-3, senior WR Jordan Matthews, who leads the SEC with 111.2 receiving yards per game. Florida's kickers missed two field goals last week. In a close game, Austin Hardin and Frankie Velez could be a factor again.

Watch out for … Can the Gators score early? Florida has been outscored 41-13 in the first quarter in its four losses. And although their struggling offense showed signs of life in the second half last week against Georgia, the Gators simply aren't the best comeback team, so they need to get a lead quickly. Florida's defense has struggled in opening quarters and faces a Commodores team that has scored at least 24 points in 14 consecutive games dating to last season.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

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