Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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College football preview: No. 4 Florida Gators at Vanderbilt Commodores, 6 p.m. Saturday, ESPNU, 620-AM

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No. 4 Florida at Vanderbilt, 6 p.m. Saturday, ESPNU, 620-AM

The Gators (5-0, 4-0 SEC) have won 21 consecutive games over the Commodores (2-3, 1-2), dating to a 24-9 victory in 1988. Vandy will have its first sellout since 2008 — also a game against the Gators. Florida has the nation's sixth-best scoring defense (11.4), but it will be tested again this week by a mobile QB in Jordan Rodgers and the Commodores' duo of WR Jordan Matthews and Chris Boyd — currently the SEC's top receiving duo (170.8 ypg). Rodgers, the brother of Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, was a handful for the Gators in last season's 26-21 Florida victory, passing for 297 yards. UF defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said Rogers can hurt you with size and speed. Vanderbilt is 10th in the nation in pass defense (162.40) and the Gators are last in the SEC in passing offense (158.6), but UF offensive coordinator Brent Pease said this week he won't hesitate to continue to use the run as much as necessary.

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Florida has to guard against what UF basketball coach Billy Donovan calls "the human element." One week after a win over No. 4 LSU and facing a team with a losing record, the last thing Florida can afford is to look past Vanderbilt toward next week's showdown with South Carolina. The Commodores earned their first conference win last week, played South Carolina tough to open this season, and remember how close they came to an upset over the Gators last season. It's a road game in the SEC and the Gators have to remember that.

Antonya English, Times staff writer

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