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Florida vs. Vanderbilt 2016: Start time, live stream, TV schedule, and 3 things to know

Florida barely got out alive against the Commodores last year.

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After blowing a 21-0 lead and losing 38-28 to Tennessee last week, Florida gets a chance to rebound by playing Vanderbilt this week. The series between these two SEC East foes dates back to 1945, and the Gators hold a 37-10-2 all-time advantage.

Florida will travel to Nashville, Tn. for this year's matchup against the Commodores. Historically speaking, the Gators fare quite well playing on the road against Vanderbilt. In addition, the Gators are 17-7-1 on the road in Nashville with their last loss coming in 1988.

Vanderbilt has had a recent victory over the Gators -- the last one came in 2013, when James Franklin was still the head coach at Vanderbilt. The Commodores went into Gainesville on Florida's Homecoming Weekend and upset the Gators 34-17.

Despite the loss to Tennessee, Florida can still stay alive in the SEC East as the season progresses. They do that by beating Vanderbilt on Saturday.

How to watch, stream and listen

TV: 12:00 p.m. ET, SEC Network. Tom Hart will be on play-by-play with Andre Ware as an analyst and Cole Cubelic on the sideline.

Radio: FloridaVanderbilt

Online streaming: Saturday's game can be streamed on WatchESPN.

Spread: Florida is currently favored by 8.5 points

Make friends: Get to SB Nation’s team blog chats for this game at Alligator Army for Florida fans and Anchor of Gold for Vanderbilt.

Three big things to know

1. Florida's defense is really good: Yes, they gave up five touchdowns in six (!) Vol possessions in the second half, but statistically the unit is still among one of the best in the country. Florida still leads the SEC in sacks, passing defense, total defense, and scoring defense. The Gators are also ranked second in the league in rush defense.

2. Vanderbilt's defense can create turnovers: The Commodore defense has forced at least one turnover in all four games this season. Due to that stat, Vandy's defense leads the SEC with a +5 turnover margin. Vandy has forced eight total turnovers - five fumbles and three interceptions.

3. Florida barely beat Vanderbilt last year: The Commodores nearly pulled off a similar upset last year against Florida in the Swamp. If it weren't for Florida kicker Austin Hardin’s 43-yard field goal with 2:22 remaining, Florida likely would have lost 7-6. Florida's 9-7 win clinched their spot in the Southeastern Conference championship game last December.


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