Let’s hope, from the Orlando Sentinel:
You won’t find a critic in Florida Coach Urban Meyer, who calls this year’s Vandy squad the best one he’s faced. The Commodores haven’t defeated Florida since 1988, but they’ve lost by single digits in two of the last three meetings in Nashville.
Vanderbilt hasn’t given up more than 24 points all season, and that was to a high-powered Georgia offense. With experienced leadership in the secondary, Vandy’s defense could fluster a Florida offense that’s rolling with a league-leading 42.9 points per game.
“They are very well coached,” Meyer said. “They started off 5-0. We have our hands full. Defensively, they are playing very well. On special teams, they are very well coached. They are a bowl team.”
Only a win over Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee or Wake Forest would guarantee that. And rarely has a Florida team been this hot.
Johnson said his team must maximize its capacity in order to win and be “encouraged” by Florida’s recent blowouts because it should make his players want to work harder.
“They don’t have a lot of weaknesses,” Johnson said of Florida. “The thing I see in those blowouts, the other team helps them a whole bunch. You do all you can to turn it around and have a chance in the fourth quarter.”
If Vanderbilt can salvage what began as a magical season, that’s just part of Johnson’s plan:
“You’re trying to go beyond what you’ve done before, lift your team up to do things no one has ever done.”