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Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Florida  Attendance: 86,201

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Vanderbilt Commodores at Florida Gators

  1. Florida has won 27 of the last 28 meetings against Vanderbilt dating back to 1989, with the one loss coming in 2013 in Gainesville (34-17). Vanderbilt has not beaten an AP Top 10 team since beating South Carolina, 17-6, on October 20, 2007.
  2. Vanderbilt lost to South Carolina, 24-7, putting up 189 total yards, its fewest in a game since having 78 yards against No. 1 Alabama on September 23, 2017. It was the Commodores' fourth game scoring 10 or fewer points this season -- no other SEC has more than two such games.
  3. Senior Ke'Shawn Vaughn rushed 20 times for 87 yards against the Gamecocks, his third game of the season having at least 20 rushes. This season, 80.6 percent of Vanderbilt's rushes have come from seniors, second highest in the FBS behind SMU (80.7).
  4. Florida looks to bounce back from a loss after a 24-17 defeat to Georgia at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville. The Gators are allowing 26.5 points per game in their last four contests -- they held opponents to 8.8 points per game in their first five games this season.
  5. Freddie Swain caught a career-high eight passes for 91 yards and a touchdown against Georgia. Of his eight catches, seven were in the second half -- in his career he has caught 37 passes with nine touchdowns in the second half compared to 22 catches and four TDs in the first.
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Florida tight end Lucas Krull insists practice was different this week, more intense, chippy at times and definitely edgier than usual.

Krull and the 10th-ranked Gators embraced it, too.

"We're angry," Krull said. "It's something that's going to translate to a great finish."

Florida felt like it let the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division title and maybe a shot at the College Football Playoff slip away in a 24-17 loss to Georgia in Jacksonville last week. Coach Dan Mullen's team was porous on defense, one-dimensional on offense and out of sync from the start. The result was a third straight setback to the Bulldogs and new goals down the stretch .

The Gators (7-2, 4-2 SEC) expect to regroup against Vanderbilt (2-6, 1-4), a 27-point underdog that's averaging 17 points a game and ranks last in the league in offense and defense as well as just about every other meaningful statistic.

Making the road game more daunting for the Commodores: they will start their third quarterback of the season on Saturday in the Swamp.

Coach Derek Mason said Thursday that fourth-year junior Deuce Wallace will make his first collegiate start against the Gators, who have won five straight in the series and 27 of the last 28.

"Deuce has looked good knowing he is the starter," Mason told WGFX-FM radio. "He's going to put this thing on his shoulders."

Vandy has two quarterbacks recovering from concussions : Mo Hasan and Riley Neal. Freshman Allan Walters will back up Wallace, and Neal will travel.

Wallace has played in six games this season off the bench, completing 33 of 76 passes for 237 yards and three interceptions.

Florida could pose problems, especially after struggling to do much to disrupt Georgia's Jake Fromm a week ago.

"We know who we are," defensive tackle Adam Shuler said. "We know that if we play to our best abilities, we'll come out how we want to."

Some other things to know about Vanderbilt and Florida:

PERINE BREAKOUT?

Florida running back Lamical Perine has been held under 70 yards in eight of nine games this season. His 88-yard touchdown run against Auburn gave him his only 100-yard performance.

Vanderbilt, though, is allowing more than 200 yards a game on the ground. It could lead to a breakout game for Perine.

LIPSCOMB RETURNS

Vanderbilt leading receiver Kalija Lipscomb didn't play in the loss at South Carolina, and Mason has since said it was due to personal issues. The senior has 32 catches for 377 yards in a struggling offense. Mason said Lipscomb will be back against Florida, a top target for Wallace.

ONE-MAN SHOW

Vanderbilt might need to throw to ease the load on its top offensive player, running back Ke'Shawn Vaughn. His 1,024 all-purpose yards rank third in the league, and the senior ranks third in the SEC with 790 yards rushing. He already has topped 3,000 yards rushing in his career. He had a 43-yard run and a 75-yard touchdown reception against the Gators last year.

"He's a shifty guy," Shuler said. "He's powerful. You've got to really tackle him. He's not too far off all the other running backs we played against last week or the week before. He's just as good almost."

BALL SKILLS

At least Vanderbilt protects the ball well. The Commodores are tied for the SEC lead and fourth nationally with just two lost fumbles. Vanderbilt has fumbled four times, tying Alabama, Oregon State and Texas State for the fewest in the nation. The Commodores have nine turnovers overall, fourth-fewest in the SEC.

SWAMP SUCCESS

The Gators have won six consecutive home games. With victories against Vanderbilt and then rival Florida State in three weeks, they would finish undefeated in the Swamp for the 14th time since 1990 and just the third time since 2010.

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Updated November 8, 2019

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