The truth hurts, eh?
Three of the last four games in Nashville have been decided by five or fewer points.
“Vanderbilt has always been able to compete with Georgia, especially here in Nashville,” Commodores coach Derek Mason said.
Said Richt: “That’s something we’ve got to work on; we’ve got to solve. We’ve got to play better at Vanderbilt than we have been, and that’s one of our big challenges. … We just haven’t played extremely well there.”
Okay, not extremely well. But well enough, for the most part.
Vandy beat Georgia in 2013 in the Bulldogs’ most recent visit to Nashville, but Georgia still has won 18 of the past 20 and 35 of the past 40 (there was one tie in there) in the series.
And what do advanced stats tell us about today’s game? Er, it’s not pretty.
VANDERBILT GEORGIA THE EDGE
F/+ -10.0% (78) F/+ 53.1% (5) GEORGIA
FEI -0.042 (76) FEI 0.211 (5) GEORGIA
S&P+ -2.9 (75) S&P+ 23.1 (4) GEORGIA
FPI 4.3 (53) FPI 24.3 (5) GEORGIA
OS&P+ 19.2 (106) DS&P+ 20.9 (39) GEORGIA
DS&P+ 22.1 (42) OS&P+ 44.0 (12) GEORGIA
Spread 21.0 Spread -21.0 GEORGIA
Which leaves us with what may be today’s biggest question. What’s between the ears of the guys on the red and black sideline? As Towers writes, “That’s the thing about this year’s trip: Georgia will be neither physically limited nor emotionally unprepared.” All true, but that just leaves us with wondering if that will be the key to Georgia taking care of business, or if it winds up meaning little more than two less excuses they’ll have after a shoddy performance.
Let’s hope Jordan Jenkins won’t be repeating himself tonight.