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Saturday Selections: Florida-Vanderbilt thread

GAINESVILLE -- Welcome home. 

It's homecoming weekend in Gainesville (just a gorgeous afternoon), as Florida hosts Vanderbilt in The Swamp -- its first home game in over a month. 

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Last Saturday, CBS analyst Gary Danielson said (about the UF-UGA game): "It means so much because it means so little."

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

It's a de-facto-must win game for the Gators -- mainly to impress all these AdvoCare V100 Bowl (Shreveport) reps in the house. 

Players have voiced their support for coach Will Muschamp, but the team desperately needs to end its three-game skid. 

Not digging themselves an early hole would be a good start...

GAINESVILLE -- Florida (4-4, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) hosts Vanderbilt (4-4, 1-4 SEC) Saturday afternoon (noon, FSN) on homecoming with two significant streaks at stake, and yet a 22-game series winning streak and bowl eligibility -- the nation’s second-longest active mark -- is not what concerns the Gators most this weekend.

Florida just wants to start fast, as asteroid-sized holes have plagued the Gators during their current three-game losing streak.

"It's certainly impacted the games as far as how we have relied on our defense in some obvious situations,” coach Will Muschamp said. “You don't put your finger on one thing and say it's this.”

Florida has been outscored 62-29 in the first quarter this season, including 41-12 in its four losses. Miami jumped out to a 14-6 lead; UF spotted LSU an 11-point advantage and UGA a 20-point head start.

The dangerous Molotov cocktail of a suddenly porous first half defense coupled with a consistently listless offense has burned UF repeatedly in recent weeks. 

“We've just got to go back and put our guys in better situations to play. And that's on us as coaches,” Muschamp said. “We've got to put our guys in better situations to feel more comfortable and react as opposed to think in some situations. That's the best way I can summarize it because in every game it's been a little something different. …We just need to coach better."

The Saturday Selections... 

PICKS 

6-0 LAST WEEK, PLAYAS!!!

Scoreboard: 35-20-2 ATS, 4-4 selecting Florida games

This week's six-pack:

Auburn (-7) at Tennessee 

Missouri (-13.5) at Kentucky 

Texas A&M (-18.5) vs. Mississippi State 

LSU (+12) at Alabama  

Wisconsin (-7) vs BYU

... Vandy (+10.5) vs. Florida. The Gators should -- and I believe will -- win this game, as Vandy is really banged up too. But I've watched Gators up close every weekend too, do y'all think they should ever be favored by more than a touchdown? 

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Poor Gay-turds, getting chomped in the so-called Swamp, by Vandy no less. Go Canes!!

Should have scheduled ga southern for homecoming....lol.

Texas dodged a heck of a bullet when Foley took this loser off their hands.

Maryland let one get away that could have made them relevant even in the Big 10.

Good to see what the NCAA could do with sanctions Foley could do with doing his job so very poorly again.

Texas dodged a major bullet when you idiots hired this chump off their hands.

Maryland let one get away from them who could have made them relevant in even the ACC, much less the Big 10.

Good to know what the NCAA could only do through sanctions Foley could do through doing a poor job again.

Vandy wins by 17 this weekend, book it dano.

Posted by: D | November 06, 2013 at 08:06 PM

^^^^^^^^^ If you really believe that you should definitely jump on the Vandy money line at +315

Posted by: Jesse Simonton | November 06, 2013 at 09:24 PM

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gator_clause/2013/11/decimated-injury-bug-strikes-again.html#storylink=cpy

^^^^^ Good call...

Hey, I told you to take the money line. I at least (wisely) took Vandy at +10.5

Ain't seen no gator flags flyi.g latley...lmao....vandy.....but I guess they are contenders all of a sudden? I bet firemuchampnow.com is gettin' alot of hits tonigt. How many is that now? \l/

Crawl back into your hole and shut the pie hole sid. Reality has just slapped you across the face. Your most overrated team in the history of college football just got embarrassed at home by an UNRANKED team that got beat by Duke and BC. LMAO!!!! VT actually looked like the #1 team in the country! Thank god your schedule is an absolute joke, otherwise you'd be in the same boat as the Gators.

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