The Vanderbilt Commodores fell to Georgia 45-14 on Saturday at Vanderbilt Stadium. Prior to the game, VandyMania.com established three keys for a Commodore victory. We will now review those three keys.
1) 'DORE DEFENSE RETURNS - FAIL
The once top-ranked defense in America gave up 549 yards total offense including 423 on the ground and 126 through the air. Vanderbilt has now given up 142 points combined over the last three games. For a "pass" here the Commodores would have needed to limit the Bulldogs to around 300 yards total offense.It's very sad to see the defense suffer like this but keep in mind the Commodores have played the toughest schedule in the nation over the past three weeks. The good news is that Vandy has six games in a row against underwhelming offenses. The Commodore ought to be able to win at least three of those and maybe even all of them.
2) VANDY TEAM GETS BACK SWAGGER - FAIL
Vandy just didn't play well enough. There were dumb penalties and shanked punts. You just can't make mistakes and mis-tackles against a top 5 program like Georgia. When you are getting your teeth kicked in for the third straight week, it gets old. You start to question what you are doing and the system. Vandy needs to get back on track on Saturday against Ole Miss and then get a good rest in the bye week before finishing the final five games with a roar.
3) CHUBB HELD TO UNDER 75 YARDS - FAIL
Chubb had a good day for Georgia, rushing for 138 yards on 16 carries (8.6 ypc) and two touchdowns. His buddy Sony Michel got even more yards with 150 on 12 carries (12.5 ypc) and one TD. On the day the Bulldogs gained a mind-boggling 423 yards on the ground, a 7.8 ypc average. Vanderbilt's troubles seemed to have a root at the Commodore line. The Bulldogs easily pushed around the Vandy defenders making running lanes for their backs. We can now really appreciate what Adam Butler brought to the team last season. He didn't have wonderful stats but he did a lot of things to help VU that didn't show up in the stat column.
Now it's time to forget the first half of the season and dominate during the second half. Seven or eight wins should keep the 'Dores away from Birmingham or Shreveport during the postseason. If you are Vandy old timer like me though, you won't complain about any bowl.
Ole Miss is a nice place to visit and not too far away. Saturday's game starts at 2:30 pm CT so if you are on a budget it can be a day trip. Let's make a good showing in Oxford and support the 'Dores. Tickets on StubHub are going for as little as $12 (fees will be added in though). Show up and support the Dores.