One of the Vanderbilt beat writers throws out some impressive statistical information about the defense: “In SEC games, Vandy leads the conference in total defense and ranks second in scoring defense.”
Well, shit, says I. Georgia is an SEC team, right? That don’t sound too good. But note the qualifier in the sentence above: “Vandy’s defense was thrown off kilter a little during a three-game stretch against vastly different offenses in Middle Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Western Kentucky…”
“Off kilter a little”? Yeah, well, that’s one way of putting it. Check out the game log for Vandy’s defense, and you’ll see an amazing disparity in yards per play. All three of their SEC opponents averaged less than the 5.56 ypp Vanderbilt’s defense is yielding on the season, while all three non-conference teams managed to average more — in some cases, like Georgia Tech’s, quite a bit more.
This is worth keeping in mind as well. Only two of the teams Vandy has faced so far rank in the top 70 in total offense. The bad news is that Georgia goes into Saturday with the 78th-best mark in that category.
Doesn’t sound pretty, does it?