Friday prediction podcast for Florida Gators vs. Vandy

GatorCountry.com brings you a new podcast as we preview the Florida Gators vs. Vanderbilt game on Saturday afternoon.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down the key match-ups in this game and answer your questions about the team.

Andrew and Nick also predict the big games this week, plus Florida’s game and also give you our three players to watch in the game.

TRANSCRIPT:

Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, another Friday prediction podcast. That means another game day is right around the corner. Gators-Commodores. Noon Eastern time in the Swamp on Saturday. It figures to be a good game.

Nick:                         Everyone complains about noon games except for us. I love noon games.

Andrew:                 I do too. It’s one of those things where you can get what you need to get done done. What figures to be a sloppy football game can be put to rest with a good day of other football.

Nick:                         Yeah. So many times, listen, we have a cool job, but when Florida plays at 3:00, I’m only really watching the Florida game that day. Everyone else is tailgating, and they’re watching whatever while they’re tailgating. I’m kind of in the stadium mulling around doing some work. Then the game goes on. When Florida plays at 3:30 on CBS, I’m not watching any other 3:30 games. I’m watching Florida.

Then after the game I’m interviewing and writing stories and casually, maybe, glancing up and getting to see some of the prime-time games. 3:30 game, CBS, ends at 7:00, 7:30. I’m not leaving the stadium probably until 10:30, 11:00pm. Most of the games are done. I don’t get to see anything.

With a noon game, all these beautiful prime-time games, Alabama-Ole Miss on ESPN, Clemson-Virginia Tech. I get to watch some of these this week. I’m all about a nooner.

Andrew:                 Maybe everyone won’t be in cardiac arrest this week.

Nick:                         I joked with Nick Washington about that. I think it’s a real question about how do you bounce back from two emotional wins. A lot of coaches would talk about it as when you play a game like that you kind of empty the bucket, and you empty the bucket emotionally and physically. What’s left in the bucket after doing that two weeks? It’s a noon kick, which is different for players. They’re probably not as excited about a noon kick as I am. What’s left in that bucket this week?

Andrew:                 Yeah. They struggle all the time with noons, and that’s just a struggle that it is. It’ll be a test. Like I said, it’ll be a test, because there is going to be a good game, because I do, I think this is always a game. Everyone kind of made fun of Mac.

Nick:                         A good game, or a close game?

Andrew:                 A close game.

Nick:                         Okay.

Andrew:                 Never a good game. I don’t remember the last Vandy-Florida game that was a good game. A close game. Everyone made fun of Mac on Wednesday when he said, “This is always a battle.” Our good friend, Zach, over at SEC Country, he threw some stats out there talking about the number of times it was a one score game with Vandy with Myer and Spurrier, and people were shocked. Nick, I don’t think that people understand this is always a game that’s close. I can’t say this enough. Every team has that one opponent that no matter how good or bad they are, it’s going to be a close game. Florida’s is Vanderbilt. Why that is, I don’t know. It just it.

You and I were talking about making predictions on games, and I said we should pick the Alabama-Ole Miss game. You said, “But we’ll both pick Alabama.” I said, “Yeah, but it’ll be a closer game than many of us expect.” That’s true. That’s Alabama’s weakness. Even when Alabama’s steamrolling all these teams, they usually play it to a one score football game against Ole Miss. It just is what it is. It’s that team.

Nick:                         Has it always been like this? Even back to Spurrier days?

Andrew:                 Yeah. As long as I can remember.

Nick:                         Maybe not back in the Spurrier days. I think it really changed with James Franklin. Yes, I know Jay Cutler sent Florida into overtime, and there were some close games.

Andrew:                 In Florida’s National Championship year of 1996, Florida beat Vandy 28-21.

Nick:                         Okay.

Andrew:                 In Florida’s National Championship year, under Urban Meyer, they beat Vandy 25-19. Those were very good Florida football teams.

Nick:                         Yeah.

Andrew:                 That’s what I’m saying. It’s a team that, I don’t know why. I don’t know why teams struggle with certain teams, but it just is. There’s always that one team that you struggle with. I think that’s in all sports, honestly. Even in the NFL, there’s one team. I mean, the Pittsburgh Steelers used to struggle against the Baltimore Ravens, and that used to always be a one score game. I don’t know if it still is. I haven’t followed it as much lately. It just seems like it is.

I’m telling people, this is going to be it. Now, maybe we say this, and Florida goes out and blows them out. Maybe. I don’t know. I think you and I would be okay with seeing a good offensive game.

Nick:                         Yeah. I don’t see it that way.

Andrew:                 I don’t either. I’m just saying, would either one of us complain?

Nick:                         No. I’d love to see some good offense.

Andrew:                 Yeah. Me and you both. You go into this game, you’re pretty healthy. I would say getting Kylan Johnson back to play some plays. I was told by someone that they’re hoping to get 15-20 snaps from him, and if they can get 15-20 snaps from him, they’ll be perfectly fine. You go into this game, and I think you can get 15 or 20 snaps from Kylan, now that he’s practicing. Hopefully to work him up to next week to be able to double that. The more contributions you get from Kylan Johnson, the less you worry about the depth. This is no disrespect to Christian Garcia, but it’s less Christian Garcia has got to play in the game.

Nick:                         First off, it’s a big deal. I was talking to Christian Garcia, and he joked about it. The joke was it was nice to fly. It was nice. There’s a little extra room in the meeting rooms. We can kind of stretch out as the linebackers. I had more legroom on the plane. They only traveled five linebackers to Kentucky, and then Vosean Joseph gets a targeting. Now you’re down to four linebackers.

There’s no time to be hurt. Garcia told me he separated his shoulder against Tennessee. Played through the rest of the game with a separated shoulder, and needed a shot just to play against Kentucky. There’s pressure on these guys to not get hurt, and that’s something that you can’t even really control. Now you’ve got pressure on something that you can’t even control. Yeah. If Kylan Johnson can play 12 plays, three in each quarter, that’s three that these other guys don’t have to play.

Andrew:                 That’s exactly what it is. I think you’ll look back and that and say that’s a big thing.

Nick:                         Let’s not forget. This isn’t just some schlub. Kylan Johnson was going to be a starter.

Andrew:                 There was people that told us before the season, and I know you remember this conversation I had with you. Someone said they think Kylan is the guy that’ll probably, him and Vosean, probably be the two guys that play in the League, because of their ability to play out in coverage and that kind of stuff. You got to get him back. You got to get him healthy. This stretch coming up, LSU’s going to run the ball down your throat next week, so you better find a way to get Vosean, Kylan, and Reese out there together. Those are your three best run stoppers.

Nick:                         Yeah. That’s a big deal. I think getting him back, like you said, in any aspect, is important.

Andrew:                 Right. Exactly. I think that’s all the injury wise, right? Tyrie still shaken up with the ribs, but should be good to go. Everyone else should be good to go on Saturday. That’s a good thing. You usually expect to have some bumps and bruises and whatnot, as it gets going through the season, in Game 3. It’ll be interesting to kind of see how Tyrie plays, how much he plays, and whatnot.

Nick, you head into this game, like I said, and you’re good. You’re feeling confident about having your guys. Went two straight games, and you’re injury free for the most part. You should come in with a little bit of confidence, but I think the question is this, Nick. That is does the fact of winning two games at the very end outweigh or overshadow the problems?

Nick:                         Listen, man, we know this. Winning kind of cures and helps everything, but I can’t help but think that people aren’t happy with what they’re seeing. You can win close games. Listen, if Florida’s offense had gone out there and looked great, and maybe the defense just doesn’t play well for a week, and you win a 42-41 shootout, okay. The defense had a bad week. They’ve been fine. They’ve been okay. Look at the offense though.

But you’re not getting that. You’re getting 3 and out, and the offense doesn’t look better. I think that’s the problem. That’s kind of where we’ve been for what? Seven years now. I was going to say three, and I was going, no, you can keep going back. Back there too.

Andrew:                 So my question to you is this, Nick, and that is you’re 2-1. Some people can make the argument that you should be 0-3, and my response to that is, “Well, they’re not.”

Nick:                         Okay, cool, man. Whatever. Should be 0-3. What’s that thing called when you almost lose a football game? Winning.

Andrew:                 Exactly. I never say there’s bad wins. There’s no such thing as a bad win. Let me say this. There’s no such thing in my book as a bad win. Nick, if I go out, and I win a golf game by 1 stroke, and I played ugly, and I win whatever I do, I’m going home happy. I’m not caring about a bad win or whatever, because I don’t think there’s such thing as a bad win. I guess what I’m saying is do you think that the team has taken it serious? Do you think that the coaching staff has taken it serious that they won two nail biters, in games that they shouldn’t have really been that close in?

Nick:                         To be honest, I don’t know. I think the coaching staff, yes. I think the coaching staff sees that. To be honest, I don’t know if that’s how the team feels though. I think the team, and I’ve said it before at some points in this season, I think this team has had a confidence about them that I don’t know if they had earned. I didn’t know if it was justified, and I don’t know if the team sees it as anything other than we went on the road and won. Don’t see it as we didn’t play well or did this.

Sure, Jim McElwain likes to say, “We found a way to win the game, and that’s what good teams do.” Yeah. Good teams also don’t need all 60 minutes to eke out a win every week. You look at a team like Alabama, which I think is the standard. They go out and play what I think is a decent Vanderbilt team, and they had more 1st downs that Vanderbilt had yards. Good teams do that. Great teams make other good teams look bad at times, and I don’t think Florida’s gotten to that point yet.

Andrew:                 That’s kind of what I was getting at. You got to. Here’s the thing. If Florida had just done that to Alabama, we wouldn’t even be talking about that, because that’s the team. Again, I think they’re taking it serious. Some of the things we hear goes on is a little disturbing, about guys kind of arguing with each other about playing time and that kind of stuff. That, to me, is where things fall apart. Like you said, winning cures everything.

Nick:                         Divisive stuff. Right.

Andrew:                 Yeah. I know you asked for some Twitter questions. Let’s just fire away with those for a few minutes.

Nick:                         I’ve got a bunch of them. Biggest one I keep getting asked, and I’m not sure, I haven’t looked it up yet. If these suspended guys don’t return to the team, nine guys, what does that do for recruiting numbers?

Andrew:                 Nick, I’m like you. I need to ask, but I don’t think it can be mattered this year, because I think they’re at that hard cap of what they can give for a year. For some reason, and I need to go back and double check on this and make sure of some things, but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t matter for this year. Again, I’ll double check on that, and we’ll get something posted.

Nick:                         Yeah. The SEC does have that hard 25 cap, but each scholarship is a one-year renewable contract. There are no four-year. I don’t care what your coach says to help him in recruiting. There is no such thing as a four-year scholarship. They’re all renewed every year. That’s not just football. That’s every sport. Contracts have to be renewed. They have to go and sign them every year. To me, it could potentially open those up.

Andrew:                 Yeah. Right now Florida could potentially end up signing 27, because they’re able to count two back to last year. So they’re able to really count back, able to really take 27, which would be the most they take since 2013, when they took 28.

Here’s the thing, Nick, and I know this is a little bit longer than we anticipated for this question, but if you lose linemen, and you lose linebackers, you’ve got to fill the hole. Losing two of your freshman linebackers you signed last year would be devastating. They would have to immediately go find depth at linebacker and depth at offensive tackle, losing Desir-Jones and Kadeem Telfort. That would hurt. That would hurt depth wise. That’s where this whole thing comes about, hurting depth wise.

Nick:                         Moving on. We spent a little more time than we wanted to there. Mike asked, “What was the offensive line rotation that worked best against Kentucky?” That was Tyler Jordan and Fred Johnson kind of rotating in and out and just keeping them fresh, so they’re not as rundown by the end of the game, at the 4th quarter.

Andrew:                 What was that question, one more time?

Nick:                         It was, what was the offensive line rotation that worked best against Kentucky? I think he means what five, but it was really, I think, just Fred Johnson and Tyler Jordan rotating with each other throughout the game, not necessarily the line played better when Tyler was there, or the line played better when Fred was in. Just kind of like both of those guys were fresher at the end of the game, because they had been rotating.

Andrew:                 Right. Good point.

Nick:                         Question about James Robinson. He is not practicing. He is getting second and third opinions on EKGs and tests that he’s gotten on his heart. I wouldn’t expect him to play this season, and it’s really football is probably the least of his concerns right now. He’s in a situation where he’s trying to find out what’s going on with his heart, and make sure that everything there is okay. So football is not his first priority right now.

Andrew:                 Exactly. Nick, I’ve told you a story off the air, and I won’t get into it on here, but I had a good buddy had the same problem happen, and he was an NCAA basketball player. Had a summer league deal in the NBA, and had this happened. It’s serious, man. It’s serious.

Nick:                         Here’s one I get all the time. I asked for questions, and four people sent me the same question. In your opinion, where is Antonneous Clayton? Why isn’t he playing more?

Andrew:                 Here’s the deal, and this is a question that I’ve been asked a ton. I noticed that person also asked you about Zach Carter, and let’s break it up. First, with Clayton, and that is Clayton still is having some mental lapses, per say, at practice they’re saying, and that’s a situation where he’s not being able to get on the field. I do think that is that. He’s still gaining weight a little bit and learning that. I think it’s also a combination of that, and then there’s just a lot of guys playing really good ball ahead of him.

I think the same can be said for Zach Carter, in that is he doing what he’s supposed to do as a freshman? Yeah, but I think it’s just a situation where you have a ton of depth right now at D end, and those really five guys are playing standup ball. You’re not able to really get those guys out.

Nick:                         That’s my thing. Who are you taking out at defensive end to put him in? Who at defensive end is playing poorly?

Andrew:                 Right. I don’t know. At times you could say a couple guys were here and there, but at the same time, you can also say that they’re playing good. I mean, I don’t think it’s so much of anybody doing anything wrong. Like I said, I have heard that Clayton’s still struggling a little bit in practice. Still think he’ll be a good ballplayer, but yeah.

Nick:                         Do you think the playbook opens up with Luke Del Rio at quarterback?

Andrew:                 Yes.

Nick:                         I think not only the playbook opens up a little bit, I think Del Rio knows more and can execute more of the playbook, but I also think that the offense runs quicker with him, that the offense moves more efficiently with him. That tempo, Florida’s just so slow from play to play, and I think that picks up slightly with Del Rio, because of his knowledge and everything with the playbook.

Andrew:                 Yeah. I think that that’s the key that you have to go about is remembering that Del Rio is a coach on the field pretty much. That is that he will come out there, he’ll be able to calm everyone down, have a sense of calmness, and the playbook will be opened up. Here’s the thing. You don’t have to worry about Del Rio locking on one read.

Nick:                         Yeah. That’s something you shouldn’t really have to worry about at this point with him. What’s the realistic chance of Nick Smith coming back this year? He had the meniscus surgery, which is probably the least worrisome of the ligaments in your knee that you would want to have surgery on.

Andrew:                 I would say slim to none, just because he hasn’t practiced or anything. I think it’s a thing where you have to monitor him and not let it go on. I mean, then again, it depends on how well he knows the book, and then what condition he’s in. Does Florida need help here? Yeah.

Nick:                         He returned to practice this week, but it’s non-contact. It’s not really returning to practice. You are able to go through some stuff, and maybe familiarize yourself with things, but non-contact is not the same as going through and going through all the drills and everything. I’d say it would be difficult for him. Not impossible, but difficult. You might want to just at this point play it cautiously and give him a redshirt year.

Andrew:                 Exactly. I saw someone say, I was reading.

Nick:                         You know which question I’m asking you, so go ahead. You can put it off for a second.

Andrew:                 Which one, about Feleipe?

Nick:                         No. Everyone wants to know about your recruiting.

Andrew:                 Well, get in line. My phone blows up constantly about it. The question I saw on your thing was something about do you let Feleipe go through the bumps and bruises, or do you just go out and win with Del Rio? Here’s the thing, Nick. This is, I guess, kind of what pisses me off, and it bothers me with fans. First of all, I know what you say, fan is short for fanatic. Del Rio has two more years, this year and next year. Okay. Gator fans, all they want to do is win, and win with offense. If Del Rio is the guy that’s going to get you there, what’s the big deal?

I don’t understand what it is. Feleipe obviously isn’t that guy. Just stop. Stop hanging onto that. He’s obviously not your guy right now, on September 28th, when we’re taping this, on Thursday. He’s obviously not your guy that’s ready. If Del Rio’s the guy that goes out there and does that, fine. Let him go out there and do that this year and next year. Then you hope that Matt Corral comes in, and is ready to play as a redshirt freshman. Boom. All problems are over with.

Thank Feleipe for what he’s done, and move on. If Feleipe’s ready to go next year, you try it out next year. Right now, I just don’t think he’s the reasonable option, and I don’t understand why people are pissed off about it.

Nick:                         Yeah. I talk about it all the time. I don’t know why you’d pick one, and I’m not going to watch if it’s Luke Del Rio. If Luke Del Rio’s running the offense well, then Luke Del Rio’s running the offense well. That does lead us, I think people maybe forget that he has another year.

Andrew:                 Hold on a second. Here’s the thing, Nick. You and I both have teams that we love dearly outside of college football. I can honestly say, I would say my outside love the most is the Atlanta Braves, and I could honestly give a shit if it’s Greg Maddox winning me the World Series on the mound or if it was, right now, Julio Teheran winning it. I don’t care. I want to win. If that means John Doe from the side of the street comes in and starts throwing 99 miles an hour, and wins me a World Series, I don’t care.

I’m sure you would say the same thing. You’re a big Heat guy. You’re a Dolphins fan. I’m sure Jay Cutler wasn’t the guy you thought was going to be leading your football team, but if he finds a way to take you to the Super Bowl, you’re not going to be bitching.

Nick:                         Nope, certainly not. I don’t care who it is.

Andrew:                 It just doesn’t matter. I don’t understand what it is. I have never understood that realization that if my guy’s not playing, then I don’t want my team to win. Obviously, you don’t want your team to win. That’s fantasy football for you. When I watch fantasy football, and I’m like, if they’re playing a team I like, and so-and-so’s playing, and he’s not doing well, screw it. I just want the team I want to win to win. That’s not my favorite team. Are we playing fantasy football, or are we playing college football, for the fans part? That’s the part I don’t understand.

Nick:                         Fired up, Spivey.

Andrew:                 Little bit. I’m all right. It just bothers me a little bit. I was hard on Del Rio last year. I don’t have a problem admitting I was hard on Del Rio last year, but when Del Rio was hurt, he was not the best option on the field.

Nick:                         Yeah. Once he got hurt, he was not the best option for you to win the game, and we kind of keep going back to that point.

Andrew:                 Yes. Go ahead.

Nick:                         Is there any drama with Corral’s commitment? Him removing the UF commit for his header a non-issue? Here’s my opinion, the drama came from people on Twitter checking it, and then freaking out about it. That’s my opinion. I don’t cover recruiting, so I’ll mute myself and let you talk here.

Andrew:                 First of all, when you read In All Kinds of Weather, or whatever Gill Charts’ website is, you’re setting yourself up for issues. The guy doesn’t do recruiting, doesn’t cover football. He’s a fan running a blog, and I’m sure he’s going to listen to this and probably tell me he wants my respect again, because we have to go through that on Twitter all the time. First of all, why do you listen to that?

Second of all, the kid just got his Army All-American deal, and he put that in there. I know he’s talked to the University of Florida football staff, and I know he’s told them everything is good to go. I’ve talked to several commits that he’s in a group text with. They’ve all told me that he’s saying he’s good to go. Nick, it’s like I tell you all the time. All you can do is take the kid at his word. Right now, he’s saying all the right things, telling all the people the right things.

I know someone said, “He might want to go to another SEC team.” Two of the wide receiver commits that he talks to on a daily basis would be high targets for him at those schools, and he’s telling those guys, “We’re going to Florida together.”

Nick:                         I think that’s the biggest point that you make is that all you can do is take somebody at their word, and then you have to, in the same breath, you have to remember that these are 16, 17, 18-year-old kids. Their word might change, and probably does change from time to time. Right now, he’s telling Florida that he’s going to Florida. I don’t lose sleep over it.

Andrew:                 I just don’t understand losing sleep over something in Twitter. I mean, Nick, I don’t know about you, but when I was younger I used to mess around with that. It was MySpace back in the day. You would screw around with MySpace and Facebook, just everything and their brother, and honestly didn’t think about anything. I’m sure this kid didn’t think about it. That last time we heard this it was because Copeland didn’t have UF commit. He just had a Gator logo in his thing. Who cares?

Nick:                         Oh, man. I didn’t hear that one. People did not bring that to my attention. I would have been sassy about that.

Andrew:                 Exactly. Any more questions?

Nick:                         Yeah. I got a bunch. Do you think he’s a guy that can start as a freshman? My answer, no.

Andrew:                 No. Well, here’s the thing. I don’t know. I don’t know. That’s wrong for me to say no. I don’t know. The ability of college quarterbacks now to come in and start as freshmen has risen. I don’t know. My jury’s still out. I would say no, but jury’s still out.

Nick:                         Does Copeland stick with his commitment?

Andrew:                 Yes. Stop asking me, people. Jacob Copeland is sticking.

Nick:                         Will we ever seen the wheel route open this year? The answer is a definitive yes. The wheel route will be open.

Andrew:                 Yes.

Nick:                         That’s all I got for you.

Andrew:                 That’s all you got?

Nick:                         Yup. That was all my questions. Got a lot of repeat questions.

Andrew:                 That was there.

Nick:                         Thank you, guys. Thank you, guys, for sending them in.

Andrew:                 Yeah. We appreciate it. All right, Nick, let’s go to predictions then, my good friend.

Nick:                         Let’s go with the games first, since we did not pick players before the show.

Andrew:                 Okay. You want to go?

Nick:                         We’ll start with the game that, while you guys are listening to this, they’ll play it on Friday night. Miami at Duke.

Andrew:                 Okay.

Nick:                         Who you got?

Andrew:                 I’m going with the Blue Devils. I don’t think Miami’s that good. I think the Dukies are pretty good. Yeah. So, I’m going Miami.

Nick:                         You’re going Duke.

Andrew:                 I mean, I’m going Duke over Miami.

Nick:                         I’m going to pick the Canes.

Andrew:                 Why?

Nick:                         I’m picking Miami. I like their chain.

Andrew:                 You like their chain?

Nick:                         Yeah. I like their turnover chain. That’s why I’m picking them.

Andrew:                 Whatever. Who do you got next?

Nick:                         South Carolina, boom, the fighting booms, versus Texas A&M, at Texas A&M. Texas A&M came off a great game against Mississippi State last week.

Andrew:                 Texas A&M wins.

Nick:                         Them at home. I’m going to go with Texas A&M winning at home as well. Cow field is tough, and you know me, I’m never high on the Fighting Muschamps up there in Columbia.

Andrew:                 Yup. Who you got next?

Nick:                         Georgia at Tennessee.

Andrew:                 Georgia at Tennessee? Oh my God. I hate this game. God, I hate this game.

Nick:                         You got to pick it.

Andrew:                 God, I hate this game. I dislike Butch more than Kirby, so go Kirby.

Nick:                         Yeah. I think Georgia is a significantly better football team than Tennessee, and they’ll win on the road. Next game is Mississippi State, who came out on the wrong end of that game with Texas A&M. Mississippi State and Auburn.

Andrew:                 Where is it at?

Nick:                         At Auburn.

Andrew:                 Man. I don’t know, Nick. I don’t know. Auburn.

Nick:                         I misspoke also. Mississippi State is coming off of getting drubbed by Georgia last week.

Andrew:                 Auburn at Auburn. I’m going Auburn at home.

Nick:                         This is kind of like a trendy, like the Kentucky pick last week was the trendy pick to make. This has kind of been a trendy pick for people to take Mississippi State. I’m going to go with Auburn though at home. I still think Auburn’s a good football team. How good? I don’t know, but Auburn is a good football team. We’re both going to go Auburn there. Next game is prime-time. Clemson at Virginia Tech.

Andrew:                 Clemson.

Nick:                         Yeah. I’m going to go Clemson as well. Virginia Tech’s getting better, but I like Clemson in this one. Then we get down to Vandy at Florida. I talked about possibly picking Vanderbilt, and I think this is going to be a close game, but I’m going to go with Florida to win another ugly game against Vanderbilt in the Swamp.

Andrew:                 Nick, Nick, Nick. Can I give my heart pick and my brain pick?

Nick:                         No. You got to give one pick, buddy.

Andrew:                 Every bit of my body tells me Vandy’s going to win this football game. Every single, solitary bit of my body tells me Vandy’s going to win this football game. I just don’t think they’re that good. Florida wins in a squeaker, but every part of my body tells me I’m stupid for saying that.

Nick:                         I’m going to give you no credit if Vanderbilt wins the game. You will receive no credit.

Andrew:                 That’s fine. I can understand.

Nick:                         I’m not letting you off the hook. Well, Nick, I told you I felt bad. Nope. Nope. You get no credit for it.

Andrew:                 Yeah. All right.

Nick:                         Going Florida still.

Andrew:                 Yeah. Going Florida still. Players. Who you got first?

Nick:                         My first player is going to be Luke Del Rio.

Andrew:                 You asshole. I hate you. I hate you.

Nick:                         I am running clear away with a 7-3 lead. Luke Del Rio will throw for two scores, and he might not look great. This is a tough Vandy defense, but I think at the end of the day he’s going to get the team the win and put up respectable numbers.

Andrew:                 Malik Davis, over 100. This Vandy defense gets crushed in the running game.

Nick:                         Yeah. That’s interesting that they haven’t been able to stop the run and stuff like that. Speaking of that, I’m going to go with Cece Jefferson. I think he will lead the defensive line in tackles. This is not a good Vanderbilt offensive line. I think in the past when Vandy’s been able to stick with Florida and keep with Florida it’s because they’ve been able to run, and I don’t know if this offensive line can do that. I think Cece Jefferson is set for a big day. Going back to the well twice. Took him last week too.

Andrew:                 Okay. I’m going to go Kadarius Toney. Has another big game. He’s your best playmaker on offense.

Nick:                         Okay. Then I will go with Tyrie Cleveland.

Andrew:                 Okay. I need a DB, and that DB is going to be Mr. Duke Dawson. Duke Dawson with a big game against a Vanderbilt quarterback who’s probably struggling with confidence right now heading outside of that game last week.

Nick:                         Okay. Locked them in.

Andrew:                 Locked them in. Locked and loaded. Let’s roll. Let’s get the ball rolling in the Swamp on Saturday at noon. Nick, tell them where they’ll find that coverage at noon on Saturday.

Nick:                         www.GatorCountry.com for all your Florida Gator news. The website is there. The podcast is on the website. The podcast is there in transcript and audio form. You can also find it on iTunes. Make sure you check it out there. Subscribe. Never miss an episode. You can find us on social media. Do your retweet, double tap, like. Do all of your stuff there. @GatorCountry on Facebook and Twitter. @TheGatorCountry on Instagram. I’m @NickdelaTorreGC. He’s @AndrewSpiveyGC.

Andrew:                 There you go. All right, guys, we appreciate it so much. We’ll be back on Monday to talk about the Gator’s win on Saturday. If you haven’t joined us yet, message one of us. We’ll give you a coupon code, and we appreciate it all. Look forward to a big week next week. Next week should be a good week for recruiting as well, as LSU comes into town. Just a quick little note, Nick, and I’ll say this real quick. Recruiting hasn’t been as busy this week for myself. Had a little bit of a down week myself, but I’ll be back. I’ll be ready to go, and we’ll be ready for LSU next week.

Nick:                         Good stuff.

Andrew:                 Guys, as always, go Braves. Chomp, chomp. Butch, you suck. Getting that loss this weekend. Maybe getting fired.

Nick:                         You stay classy, Gator Country.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.