- Associated Press - Thursday, September 28, 2017

Vanderbilt (3-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) at No. 21 Florida (2-1, 2-0), Saturday, Noon ET (ESPN)

Line: Florida by 10.

Series record: Florida leads 38-10-2.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Florida’s spot atop the league’s Eastern Division. Although the Gators have won 25 of the last 26 in the series, they eked out victories the last two years and expect the Commodores to be eager to erase thoughts of last week’s 59-0 home loss to top-ranked Alabama.

KEY MATCHUP

Vanderbilt’s defense vs. Florida’s playmakers. The Gators are starting to find some go-to guys, with RB Malik Davis and WR Kadarius Toney flashing and earning more playing time. Coach Jim McElwain wants to get them more involved against the Commodores, who are trying to bounce back after the Tide embarrassed them for 677 yards and eight touchdowns.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Vanderbilt: RB Ralph Webb has gouged Florida on the ground the last three years, running 62 times for 311 yards and a touchdown. Webb needs 82 yards to move into 15th place on the league’s all-time rushing list.

Florida: QB Luke Del Rio makes his first start in nearly 11 months, hoping to boost Florida’s anemic offense. Del Rio, who went 5-1 as the starter in 2016, replaced Feleipe Franks at Kentucky last week and rallied the Gators from a 13-point deficit in the final 12 minutes.

FACTS & FIGURES

Vanderbilt playing third consecutive game against a Top-25 team, following a victory against Kansas State and a loss to Alabama. … The Commodores looking for fourth win in Spetember for first time since 2008. … The Gators will be without nine players suspended indefinitely for alleged credit card fraud. List includes standout WR Antonio Callaway and RB Jordan Scarlett. … Florida is 15-3 vs SEC teams in the regular season under McElwain. … McElwain is 9-1 in one-possession games, including two wins against Vandy.

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