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Vanderbilt, Florida trying to close in on bowl

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By MARK LONG
AP Sports Writer

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The main goal is gone. Winning the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division is on hold again.

All they have to play for in November is bowl eligibility.

The Vanderbilt Commodores are familiar with the feeling. The Florida Gators are getting a good handle on it, too.

Coach Will Muschamp's team is struggling to get to six wins for the second time in three seasons, a position the powerhouse program has rarely been in over the last four decades.

A slew of injuries, many to key starters, has Florida (4-4, 3-3 SEC) there now.

It also leaves Vanderbilt (4-4, 1-4) with arguably its best chance in years to get a victory in one of college football's most lopsided series Saturday.

The Gators have won 22 in a row against the Commodores.

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