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VANDERBILT FIRST LOOK: WESTERN KENTUCKY

The Vanderbilt Commodores host Western Kentucky on Saturday. Here is your first look at the Hilltoppers.

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

Date Opponent Score
09/02/2017 Eastern Ky. W 31-17
09/09/2017 at Illinois L 7-20
09/16/2017 Louisiana Tech L 22-23
09/23/2017 Ball St. W 33-21
10/07/2017 at UTEP W 15-14
10/14/2017 Charlotte W 45-14
10/20/2017 at Old Dominion W 35-31
10/28/2017 Fla. Atlantic L 28-42

STAT COMPARISON

VU OFF PPG 23.0 27.0 WKU OFF PPG
VU DEF PPG 30.8 22.8 WKU DEF PPG
VU TOTAL OFF 314.9 392.6 WKU TOTAL OFF
VU PASSING OFF 220.5 309.4 WKU PASSING OFF
VU RUSHING OFF 94.4 83.3 WKU RUSHING OFF
VU TOTAL DEF 409.6 369.0 WKU TOTAL DEF
VU PASSING DEF 170.9 182.3 WKU PASSING DEF
VU RUSHING DEF 238.8 186.8 WKU RUSHING DEF
VU TO MARGIN 0.00 -0.13 WKU TO MARGIN
VU MASSEY COMP& 81 94 WKU MASSEY COMP

& The Massey Composite

Ratings are compiled from 98 different college football ratings and rankings.

INJURIES AND SUSPENSIONS

10/28/17 DL Carson Jordan Undisclosed is out indefinitely
10/28/17 DL Evan Sayner Leg is out for season
10/03/17 DL Jalen Madden Knee out for season
08/05/17 DB De'Andre Simmons ACL out for season

Source: donbest.com

CHALLENGES

Vanderbilt's hopes for a bowl have been getting slimmer over the past six weeks. This week's game is one the Commodores absolutely cannot afford to lose. The main reason for this is that a win is a win and the team needs a victory desperately to get back their confidence. That could have happened last week but blunders and bone-headed mistakes cost the team dearly. Quarterback Mike White is the biggest playmaker for the Toppers on offense. During his career, he's completed 709 of 1,160 passes (61.1%) for 9,413 yards, 62 touchdowns, and 29 interceptions. Senior defensive end Derik Overstreet has eight career sacks.

This game is a good candidate for Vandy to end its miserable losing streak. However, WKU is no pushover. The 'Dores will need to avoid dumb mistakes and play clean ball on both offense and defense.

Saturday's game kicks off at 11 a.m. CT and can be seen on ESPNU.



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