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VANDERBILT FIRST LOOK: KENTUCKY

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

SEASON SO FAR (6-3, 3-3 SEC)

Date Opponent Score
09/02/2017 at Southern Miss. W 24-17
09/09/2017 Eastern Ky. W 27-16
09/16/2017 at South Carolina W 23-13
09/23/2017 Florida L 28-27
09/30/2017 Eastern Mich. W 24-20
10/07/2017 Missouri W 40-34
10/21/2017 at Mississippi St. L 45-7
10/28/2017 Tennessee W 29-26 (2OT)
11/04/2017 Ole Miss L 37-34

STAT COMPARISON

VU OFF PPG 23.9 26.1 UK OFF PPG
VU DEF PPG 29.2 26.2 UK DEF PPG
VU TOTAL OFF 323.7 353.7 UK TOTAL OFF
VU PASSING OFF 220.4 192.2 UK PASSING OFF
VU RUSHING OFF 103.2 161.4 UK RUSHING OFF
VU TOTAL DEF 402.9 408.2 UK TOTAL DEF
VU PASSING DEF 191.3 279.4 UK PASSING DEF
VU RUSHING DEF 211.6 128.8 UK RUSHING DEF
VU TO MARGIN 0.00 0.22 UK TO MARGIN
VU MASSEY COMP& 80 53 UK MASSEY COMP

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

INJURIES AND SUSPENSIONS

Date Pos Player Injury Status
11/05/17 RB A.J. Rose Undisclosed is "?" Saturday vs. Vanderbilt
08/23/17 WR Dorian Baker Ankle out indefinitely
08/15/17 T Cole Mosier ACL out for season

Source: donbest.com

CHALLENGES

Vanderbilt is now getting into the games that will make or break the season as far as the season being considered either a total failure or a season that will be remembered for a bowl game and a decent amount of regular season positives. A win over Kentucky on Saturday would certainly qualify as a regular season positive. Face it, in 2014 when Derek Mason spoke of winning SEC East Division titles, most thought that was a good goal but pretty far-fetched. However, going to a bowl every year or two and winning half or more of a season's games is not an unreasonable expectation for Vanderbilt's football program.

As far as Saturday games, again a pivotal contest for both teams, Vandy has to stop quarterback Stephen Johnson. He's one of those mobile guys that can extend a drive with his feet. He's also a solid passer completing over 60 percent of his throws for 1,604 yards and 10 touchdowns. Johnson has also run for over 400 yards and three scores. As Derek Mason said on Tuesday, Vanderbilt has got to know where this guy is at all times or bad things can happen.

Saturday's game kicks off at 3 pm CT and can be seen on the SEC Network.



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