The Vanderbilt Commodores visit Florida on Saturday in a key SEC matchup. Here are your three keys to a Commodore victory.
1) KEEP UP THE PRESSURE
Tennessee and Kentucky both lost to Florida because those teams took their feet off the gas. Vandy's defense must keep up the pressure on the Florida offense for the entire 60 minutes. Meanwhile, the offense needs long, sustained drives to keep Vandy's beat up defense off the field.
2) RALPH WEBB RUNS FOR 100 PLUS
This will be the last chance for Webb to beat Florida, his hometown team. One-third of the way through the season Webb has just over 40 yards rushing a game. That's a travesty. That's not saying that Webb hasn't contributed to the three victories, he certainly has by being a decoy, blocking and making some solid catches. But Vandy needs him to run the ball on Saturday for solid yardage. This key isn't about just Ralph Webb. It's about the entire offense making this happen.
3) FORGET BAMA
If these keys were ranked in importance, this would probably be the No. 1 key but they are not. The Commodores can't get caught up in the blame game, pointing fingers about the miserable Bama loss. The fact is a loss is just one loss. Yes, it was an embarrassment but if you accidentally walk around all day with your zipper down until someone finally whispers in your ear, you don't dwell on it. You just fix it and move on. You can't change what happened but you can take steps to prevent it from happening again.
One sure way for the Commodores to make themselves feel a lot better is to knock off Florida in Gainesville on Saturday.
Saturday's game starts at 11 am CT time and can be seen on ESPN.