This weekends game in Nashville is a toss up for me. Not sure who to pick to win this game. Historically Vandy plays the Rebels extremely hard and it is normally a close game. The last couple of trips to Nashville have been close games and the Rebels and Vols have each won the past two times in Nashville. The Vanderbilt program has improved alot under Head Coach Bobby Johnson. However the Commodore team has not been able to get over the hump to make it to a bowl game. They have threatened several times, but just can not get there.
The Commodores are 1-1 on the season with a loss to Alabama. Vandy hung with the Tide and got messed over on a call in my opinion that really changed the momentum of the game. They have several good players that can make big plays. All in all, while it may be Vandy, this is an SEC game. It is going to be tough for the Rebs to walk out of Nashville with a win, however it can be done.
A few notes from UMAA are below, but I am interested on everyone's thoughts on the game, because I really don't know how to pick it.
- SERIES INFO: This game will be the 82nd meeting between Ole Miss and Vanderbilt dating back to 1894. The Rebels lead the series 46-33-2 and have won 12 of the last 14 meetings since 1992, including last year’s 17-10 victory in Oxford. The Commodores hold a 25-20-2 lead in games played in Nashville, although the Rebels have won five of the last six meetings at Vanderbilt Stadium.
- SERIES INFO: This game will be the 82nd meeting between Ole Miss and Vanderbilt dating back to 1894. The Rebels lead the series 46-33-2 and have won 12 of the last 14 meetings since 1992, including last year’s 17-10 victory in Oxford. The Commodores hold a 25-20-2 lead in games played in Nashville, although the Rebels have won five of the last six meetings at Vanderbilt Stadium. The Dores took the last meeting in Nashville, 31-23 in 2005
- VANDERBILT SCOUTING REPORT: After beginning the year with a 41-17 route of Richmond, Vanderbilt opened SEC play last Saturday with a 24-10 setback to Alabama. The Commodores first four games of the season are in Nashville. The VU offense is averaging 339.0 yards per game, including 229.5 through the air. Junior QB Chris Nickson is leading the attack again this year, completing 24 of 44 passes for 351 yards and four TDs with one interception. Two-time All-SEC WR Earl Bennett is easily the primary target with 17 grabs for 275 yards and three scores. No other Commodore receiver has more than three catches. Handling the rushing load is junior Jeff Jennings and senior Cassen Jackson-Garrison. Jennings has 20 rushes for 99 yards and a TD, while Jackson-Garrison has picked up 50 yards on 13 carries. The Commodore defense is allowing 185.0 yards on the ground and 155.5 in the passing game. Sophomore DB D.J. Moore is tied for the SEC lead in tackles at 12.0 per game and averages 11.5 solos with two pass break-ups and an interception. Junior LB Jonathan Goff was a second team All-SEC pick last year and boasts 16 total tackles and an interception this season. DEs Curtis Gatewood and Steven Stone have each notched 10 stops and three TFLs. Junior K Bryant Hahnfeldt has connected on three of four field goals and all six PAT attempts.