The Vanderbilt Commodores host Western Kentucky on Saturday. Here is your first look at the Hilltoppers.
SEASON SO FAR (5-3, 3-2 SEC)
|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|
|10/20/2017||at Old Dominion||W 35-31|
|10/28/2017||Fla. Atlantic||L 28-42|
|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|
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.