Florida football dominated Vanderbilt in Week 12 en route to a 21-point victory over the Commodores. Let’s dive into some hot takes.
Losing 10-7 at the end of the first quarter, Florida fans had flashbacks of the 2018 matchup against Vanderbilt in Nashville that was much closer than anticipated.
It only took two more quarters for things to get back to normal as the Gators took a 31-17 lead heading into the fourth and Dan Mullen’s squad could finally breathe against a winless Vanderbilt team. The game ended 38-17 in favor of Florida as the Gators improved to 6-1 while Vanderbilt dropped to 0-7 on the year.
Florida is looking like the second-best team in the SEC this season and the Gators have a good chance of winning out and finishing 9-1 with a trip to the title game against Alabama.
Let’s dive into some hot takes.
3. Secondary is a serious concern
Ken Seals is a talented freshman quarterback. But he plays for an 0-7 Vanderbilt team that has barely put up a fight against anyone. Heading into Saturday’s game, he had more games with 150 or less passing yards this season than he had 250-plus yard games. Not exactly an elite threat yet.
But Florida let him put up 319 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. It was his second-best passing performance of the season and he made the Gators’ defense look pedestrian.
Florida’s run defense held Vanderbilt to under 90 rushing yards on 34 carries but Seals completed 22-of-34 passes for 319 yards. He was making throws all afternoon long and only had one turnover as he kept the Commodores in the game for a while.
This secondary has been disappointing this season and there’s a reason to believe it’s going to be a concern through the postseason.