GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Among last week’s challenges for the Florida football team was moving past the euphoria of a huge win over a fierce rival and moving on to prepare for the next challenge. The Gators did that by putting the emotion and jubilation of their Nov. 7 Georgia victory in the rear view and turning attention toward a capable Arkansas foe that came to town and was promptly and impressively handed a 63-35 defeat.
Now comes a task not altogether different.
Readying for the winless.
UF (5-1, 5-1) will look to maintain its edge — preferably sharpen it — when Vanderbilt (0-6, 0-6) comes calling Saturday at Dudley Field/Vanderbilt Stadium. The Commodores will represent the next bump in a road the Gators hope leads to Atlanta next month and the program’s first trip to the Southeastern Conference Championship Game since 2016.
“They’re an SEC team,” Florida coach Dan Mullen said Monday. “They’re coming up and you see them continue to improve.”
Vandy opened the season by throwing a 17-12 scare into Texas A&M on the road. That would be the same Texas A&M that hung a 41-38 loss on the Gators on Oct. 10, as well as 543 yards of total offense, 32 first