The Vanderbilt Commodores host No. 5 Georgia (5-0, 2-0 SEC) on Saturday at Vanderbilt Stadium. Here are your three keys to a Commodore victory over the Bulldogs.
1) 'DORE DEFENSE RETURNS
Vanderbilt has given up an unfathomable 97 points over the past two games. This after allowing just 13 points total in the first three contests. Vandy needs the Black Death Defense back something terrible. The good news is that cornerback Tre Herndon is supposedly going to be back for Georgia. Florida lit the Vandy secondary up with him on the sideline last week. All Vandy fans likely know that the defense can do a lot better than what we've recently seen. The team just needs to forget the past and get back in the business of making plays and winning ball games.
2) VANDY TEAM GETS BACK SWAGGER
The last two weeks has been hard on the Vandy Nation. These things happen sometimes; it doesn't mean that same ole Vandy is back. It's just been a bad couple weeks. I related to this some in Key No. 1, but the entire team needs to get a chip on their shoulders and come out with the mentality that they are going to run through hell in gasoline-soaked drawers for themselves and their teammates, firstly, and then Vanderbilt University, the school that entrusted them with scholarships due to their academic and athletic abilities. This is a key that is hard to judge. Success breeds swagger.
3) CHUBB HELD TO UNDER 75 YARDS
Nick Chubb is one of the top running backs in college football. He has been injured off and on since 2015 but now looks back to normal with 480 yards rushing for six touchdowns. With 96 yards against Vandy on Saturday he could reach the 4,000 mark for his career. The Commodores need to keep Chubb and his fellow runners under wraps in order to force the Bulldogs into putting the ball into the air. Most importantly, Vandy needs to keep Chubb out of the end zone. He hasn't scored a touchdown on Vandy since his freshman year. Let's keep it that way.
Vandy's game with Georgia kicks off at 11 am CT time and can be seen on ESPN. Show up and be LOUD.