Can Vanderbilt Knock Off Florida Gators?

By Terry Waldrop
Florida Gators
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The fact that Florida fans are slightly nervous, if not queasy with the Vanderbilt Commodores sailing into the Swamp tells you all you need to know about the state of the Gator program.

Sporting identical 4-4 records, the Commodores have not knocked off Florida since 1988. Already sporting one stunning upset over a nationally-ranked team this season, Vanderbilt enters the swamp with as good a chance to knock off the Gators as they have ever had.

What went wrong for the Gators to be sweating Vanderbilt in the Swamp of all places? It seemed like only yesterday when Will Muschamp was the golden boy and coming off a Sugar Bowl berth last year. The Gators seemed poised to push Alabama for SEC supremacy this season. How quickly things can change, and now the once-proud Gators will be looking to salvage their season and simply make a bowl game somewhere — anywhere.

Vanderbilt is also fighting for a bowl and has quite a bit to play for themselves as they seek to establish their brand as one of the up-and-coming SEC powers. The Commodores would probably look much better at home, but anyone knows that going after wounded Gators in the Swamp usually doesn’t work out very well for the pursuer.

The Gators will take out some frustrations and keep the 1988 win streak over Vanderbilt intact. Florida will take one more step toward bowl eligibility in trying to salvage a bitterly disappointing season.

Terry Waldrop was a longtime college basketball coach and AD. He is a writer for Follow him on Twitter @terrywaldrop, “Like” him on Facebook and follow him on Google

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