GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida needs a pick-me-up, and there are few better cures for a broken-hearted Gators team than having Vanderbilt next on the schedule. The 20th-ranked Gators will host the skidding Commodores for homecoming Saturday. It’s a chance for Florida to move past a gut-wrenching loss at Kentucky that essentially knocked coach Dan Mullen’s team out of contention in the Southeastern Conference’s Eastern Division and gain some confidence and momentum with No. 2 Georgia on the horizon. “That game is in the past,” Florida tight end Kemore Gamble said. “Don’t let that game bring you down, keep playing hard. Keep playing for your family, your friends, the fans and most importantly your teammates.” Florida (3-2, 1-2 SEC) is counting on a bounce-back performance against Vandy (2-3, 0-1), which has dropped 14 consecutive games in league play. Vanderbilt’s last league victory came on Oct. 19, 2019, against Missouri. Its last road win in SEC play came on Oct. 27, 2018, at Arkansas. The Gators are 38 1/2-point favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. “The environments are unforgiving on the road,” first-year Commodores coach Clark Lea said. “I think that’s also exciting for us. We look forward to playing in those hostile environments. We’ll get up for that.” Playing on the road doomed the Gators a week ago. Florida was flagged 15 times for 115 yards, including eight false start penalties, in a 20-13 loss that came down to the final series.

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