University of Florida

Florida Gators have first noon start

After eight straight games with late afternoon or night kickoffs, No. 10 Florida will play at noon for the first time this season Saturday against Vanderbilt.

The Gators (7-1, 5-1) can clinch the SEC East with a Homecoming win over the lowly Commodores (3-5, 1-3), and coach Jim McElwain has been pleased with his team’s preparation for the early kickoff.

McElwain had a message for the fans, urging them to create the same hostile environment as if it’s a night game.

“I’m going to challenge the crowd,” he said. “The Swamp has been electric. It’s been awesome, but let’s make sure we stumble into that stadium and be ready for when we’re hustling out of the tunnel. … You’re used to those night games and you have a chance to get oiled up and ready to roll.”