Vanderbilt-Florida football: Box score, recap (September 30, 2017)

The Vanderbilt Commodores fell to No. 212 Florida, 38-24 on Saturday.

Derek Mason and company are coming off a brutal 59-0 beatdown against Alabama, while the Gators narrowly squeaked by Kentucky.

Below you can find all the information regarding Vanderbilt’s game against Florida, including the time, TV Channel, live stream and betting odds and picks.

Vanderbilt-Florida football: Live updates, score


FINAL:  Florida 38, Vanderbilt 24, Box score

Vanderbilt-Florida football: Time, TV Channel, live stream

Time:  12:00 p.m. ET

Date: Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017

Location: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Florida

TV Channel: Texas A&M vs. South Carolina will air on the ESPN.

Live stream: You can watch the Vanderbilt vs. Florida football game on WatchESPN.

Vanderbilt-Florida football betting odds, picks: 

Florida is a 9-point favorite, according to MyBookie. The over/under is 41.5 points.

Zach Abolverdi: Offense should improve vs. Vandy

Florida is back home against Vanderbilt after winning its first SEC road game of the season, rallying back from a 13-point deficit to beat Kentucky, 28-27. Quarterback Luke Del Rio came off the bench to lead the comeback, despite throwing an interception on his first series of the game.

Del Rio will start Saturday for the time in almost 11 months, but I expect Florida’s offense to build on the success it found late in Lexington. The Gators played like a different unit in the fourth quarter, and Del Rio deserves a lot of credit for that improvement.

With a week’s worth of first-team reps under his belt, the offense should look even better against the Commodores.

Florida’s offensive identity — at least for the time being — will start taking shape Saturday in The Swamp.

Gators, 31-16.

Jordan McPherson: Florida needs a comfortable win

For two straight years, the Florida-Vanderbilt series came down to the wire. Last season, Florida’s Nick Washington intercepted a tipped pass with a minute to go to seal a 13-7 win that featured 13 punts and little offense. In 2015, the Gators needed a last-second Austin Hardin field goal to win 9-7 in The Swamp to clinch the SEC East.

Florida can’t afford to let Vanderbilt hang around for a third straight year, not after last-second wins over both Kentucky and Tennessee in the past two weeks. For once this season, Florida needs a comfortable win.

I think they get that comfortable win on Saturday.

While Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason also fields solid defenses, I think the Gators offense will take a step forward and look like the team it was in the fourth quarter with Luke Del Rio under center. Freshman Malik Davis proved he could be a starting running back against Kentucky.

The Gators should jump out to an early lead and then the defense will take over from there.

Florida 21-7.

Ryan Young: I’m buying into the Luke Del Rio hype

I continue to maintain that with Florida’s margin for error being as slim as it seems to be, that every opponent poses a legitimate challenge. Even a Vanderbilt team coming off a 59-0 loss to Alabama.

That said, I believe this is the week the Gators offense comes to life.

I’m buying into the Luke Del Rio hype. Man, that’s a sentence I never expected to write in 2017, but I still think the pieces are there for this offense to be successful and that Del Rio needs only to be the cool, calm and confident conductor for the unit.

If he can keep the Gators in good tempo, minimize the self-inflicted mistakes and contribute a few more of the poise plays he delivered in the fourth quarter last week, I think that’s the complement the Gators need to their bevy of exciting young playmakers — Kadarius Toney, Malik Davis and Tyrie Cleveland.

Vanderbilt’s rushing struggles seem to be a real concern, and I look for the Florida defense to tighten up some its leaks.

Florida, 24-10.

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