The Vanderbilt Commodores host Kentucky on Saturday. Here is your first look at the Wildcats.
SEASON SO FAR (6-3, 3-3 SEC)
|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|
|09/30/2017||Eastern Mich.||W 24-20|
|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|
|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
|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|
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.