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Florida vs. Vanderbilt 2012 odds: Gators favored over Commodores

The Florida Gators look to make it 22 straight wins against Vanderbilt. They're favored by 8.5 over the Commodores.

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The No. 4 Florida Gators are 8.5 point favorites in their Week 7 matchup with the Vanderbilt Commodores. Florida is 5-0 and coming off a victory over then-No. 4 LSU and Vanderbilt is 2-3 after a close win over the Missouri Tigers.

The total for the game is 40.5 points, reflecting the fact that both teams are stronger on defense than they are on offense. Florida is giving up an average of just 11.4 points per game, sixth-best in the FBS. Vanderbilt isn't quite that impressive, yielding 20.6 points per game, but that's good enough to rank in the top 50. The Commodores are also better through the air than the Gators, with Jordan Rodgers leading Vanderbilt to an average of 212.6 yards per game, compared to Jeff Driskel and the Gators' average of 158.6.

Vanderbilt has not beaten Florida since 1988, a streak that amounts to 21 straight wins for the Gators.

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