I’m not sure what it is about Vandy that brings out the sugar-coating we’re seeing this week, but I flat out love this turn of phrase from Chip Towers, from his post entitled “Dangerous Vanderbilt team awaits Bulldogs”:
This is no ordinary Commodores team. They have some offensive issues and are unsettled at quarterback.
Some offensive issues? Here’s their current resume.
The Commodores rank 100th nationally in rushing offense (115.2 yards per game), 114th in passing (129.2), 117th in total offense (244.4) and 119th in first downs (11.6).
Last year, Vandy finished 80th in rushing offense, 105th in passing offense, 117th in total offense and 116th in first downs. So by Towers’ measurement, the Commodores have managed to regress from the one year they were run by a guy whose main claim to fame was doing unspeakable things to turkeys. I’m sort of curious to hear from Towers in what areas Vanderbilt’s offense doesn’t have issues.
As for being unsettled at quarterback, well, it’s Wednesday and James Franklin still doesn’t have a clue who will be starting for him at the position Saturday. So give Towers credit for something; that’s pretty much a textbook case of unsettled. The good news is that it’s a night game, so Franklin’s got a few extra hours to get a sign from God about who to choose.
Let’s be honest here: Vanderbilt is a mess on offense. Georgia shut them out last year when it didn’t know what it was doing on defense. Now that the Dawgs’ defenders look like they have a clue, are we really supposed to think there will be a drastic scoring improvement from Vandy this year? Why, exactly?
That’s not to say that Georgia couldn’t find some way, somehow to blow this game. But it’s going to take some doing. Don’t forget that Vanderbilt intercepted Stephen Garcia four times… in route to a 21-3 loss. Even with the Ole Miss meltdown, the Commodores are only averaging 11.5 points per game in conference play. In their two SEC losses, they’ve scored a total of three points.
Is it going to be an ugly game? No prediction about that, but I can’t say that would be a surprise. However, unless you think Vanderbilt can hold Georgia under fourteen points – maybe well under fourteen points – I don’t see how the Dawgs don’t win this one. Despite the danger.