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VANDERBILT FIRST LOOK: SOUTH CAROLINA

The Vanderbilt Commodores visit South Carolina on Saturday. Here is your first look at the Gamecocks.

SEASON SO FAR (5-2, 3-2 SEC)

Date Opponent Score
09/02/2017 NC State (Charlotte) W 35-28
09/09/2017 at Missouri W 31-13
09/16/2017 Kentucky L 13-23
09/23/2017 Louisiana Tech W 17-16
09/30/2017 at Texas A&M L 24-17
10/07/2017 Arkansas W 48-22
10/14/2017 at Tennessee W 15-9

STAT COMPARISON

VU OFF PPG 22.4 25.1 USC OFF PPG
VU DEF PPG 30.3 19.3 USC DEF PPG
VU TOTAL OFF 297.0 337.3 USC TOTAL OFF
VU PASSING OFF 297.0 226.4 USC PASSING OFF
VU RUSHING OFF 92.6 110.9 USC RUSHING OFF
VU TOTAL DEF 413.0 374.3 USC TOTAL DEF
VU PASSING DEF 170.4 232.3 USC PASSING DEF
VU RUSHING DEF 242.6 142.0 USC RUSHING DEF
VU TO MARGIN 0.14 1.00 USC TO MARGIN
VU MASSEY COMP& 78 32 USC MASSEY COMP

& The Massey Composite Ratings are compiled from 98 different college football ratings and rankings.

INJURIES AND SUSPENSIONS

10/23/17 WR Chad Terrell Ankle is "?" Saturday vs. Vanderbilt
10/23/17 OL Cory Helms Ankle is upgraded to probable Saturday vs. Vanderbilt
10/23/17 OL Zack Bailey Ankle is upgraded to probable Saturday vs. Vanderbilt
10/23/17 OL Malik Young Ankle is upgraded to probable Saturday vs. Vanderbilt
10/23/17 DB Tavyn Jackson Hamstring is upgraded to probable Saturday vs. Vanderbilt
10/22/17 WR Terry Googer Head is "?" Saturday vs. Vanderbilt
10/16/17 RB Rico Dowdle Leg out indefinitely
10/08/17 TE K.C. Crosby Fibula out for season
09/25/17 LB Bryson Allen-Williams Shoulder out for season
09/16/17 WR Deebo Samuel Leg out for season
09/03/15 WR Jerad Washington Leg out for season

Source: donbest.com

CHALLENGES

Back in the early 1990s when South Carolina joined the SEC, Vandy fans were celebrating that the Gamecocks would be the new conference doormat. Now, about 25 years later, Vandy is 4-22 against USC. Vanderbilt's biggest challenge is to get back to being more like the 2016 squad and less like the 2015 team that Vandy has resembled over the past four games. The Commodores just need to re-find themselves quickly and forget Bama and Georgia. The wheels are falling off the 2017 Commodore season rapidly. Derek Mason should let his defense be more aggressive and less passive. Opposing offensives have been slashing through the Commodore D for large swaths of yardage. This is a game that many Commodore supporters counted as a likely win before the season. The Commodores hopefully have fixed a lot of issues during the bye week. If they haven't, the streak of ugly games will likely reach five.



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