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Assessing the Enemy: Vanderbilt Commodores

Yeah… he’s not creepy.

Vanderbilt comes to town looking to start a trend. Last year, when Kentucky traveled to Nashville, Vanderbilt gave the Wildcats a pretty good beating, 38-8. Head coach James Franklin and crew need only two wins to become bowl eligible and would like nothing more than to beat one of their most hated rivals to get closer to that threshold. For Kentucky, these next couple of weeks are all about pride. The Wildcats have a number of seniors they would like to send out with victories, and also, a coaching staff that could use a couple of positives as the season draws to a close. Let’s take a look at the Commodores a little more in-depth, shall we.

Vanderbilt (4-4, 2-3 SEC)

Kickoff vs. Kentucky: Tomorrow, 12 EST, ESPN U

Last game: Win over UMass, 49-7

Spread: Vandy by 7

Vandy’s Best Players: RB Zac Stacy and CB Trey Wilson. If Rick Minter’s group is going to slow down the Vanderbilt offense, it starts with slowing down Stacy. Stacy comes in averaging 5.2 yards a carry, with five trips to the paydirt. Vanderbilt has pretty much rode Stacy to their four victories this season, so stopping him and putting game on QB Jordan Rodgers‘ shoulder has to be a priority. On the other side of the ball is the ball-hawking cornerback, Trey Wilson. Wilson has five interceptions interceptions in his career, four of which have been returned to the end zone for touchdowns. That doesn’t mean he can’t be thrown at, but those four interceptions says he’s prone to jump routes, something Whitlow and Towles need to be aware of.

How Kentucky can beat them: Run. The. Ball. Both these teams are pretty bad at stopping the run, which is why they are both giving up an average of 170-plus yards a game. Kentucky needs to establish the run game early and often if they are going to have a chance to win this matchup. RBs Jonathan George and Raymond Sanders will need to have another breakout performance like they had against Georgia when they combined for over 200 yards rushing.

Prediction: After last week’s showing I don’t know how anyone could pick the Cats and noT be considered crazy. Kentucky has to show they can put together an entire game for me to be able to pick them to win. Vandy 21- Kentucky 17.

Article written by Rashawn Franklin

11 Comments for Assessing the Enemy: Vanderbilt Commodores



  1. KBF
    5:22 pm November 2, 2012 Permalink

    Is it just me, or does the Commodork mascot look a little bit like Jerry Sandusky?



  2. Joe
    5:39 pm November 2, 2012 Permalink

    Vandy 31, UK 14



  3. BLUE BLY
    5:53 pm November 2, 2012 Permalink

    I am going out on a limb here and predict that Joker looks 1000% confused while standing like a statue on the sideline…..

    what a joke UK football is…..



  4. Hey finally....
    6:13 pm November 2, 2012 Permalink

    Objective football reporting and analysis. Good for you. I think you are off on the score–Vandy big. Franklin is going to rub it in to prove Vanderbilt is now the anti-Kentucky.



  5. Dave in Bangkok
    6:16 pm November 2, 2012 Permalink

    Vandy 27 UK 3



  6. SonsOfAnarchy
    7:15 pm November 2, 2012 Permalink

    He is pretty bad ass. Ive never heard of a stat involving interceptions interceptions. Is that where his team mates intercept a pass and try and throw it back and he intercepts that pass



  7. Yngvie Malmsteen.
    8:34 pm November 2, 2012 Permalink

    UK 3.2 VU 2.95. Oh yeah. That was last years BBers GPA.



  8. Bulldawg
    8:38 pm November 2, 2012 Permalink

    It is pretty obvious to me that the good teams UK “played” with did not want to give future opponents game film to study. Georgia and SC didn’t want to show their hand to the rest of the league so they did just enough to win. The lower level, scrubbier schools like Arkansas, Missouri, and Vandy will hold nothing back on the Cats and will expose them for the poorly prepared team that they are…the truth hurts. It is kind of like when a tough guy knows he’s tough. Most of the time, he will do just what it takes to win. A fight may not be “fun” to watch at all. A guy that does not get the upper hand in fights very often is quick to “enjoy” it when they do. They really flex their “muscles.”



  9. snarkster
    9:41 pm November 2, 2012 Permalink

    Piss on the ComodeDoors!



  10. Don'tGiveAChit
    9:57 am November 3, 2012 Permalink

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan……snf….ZZzzzzzzzzz…umf….what? UK plays Football today?…..
    ZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…………
    Dores by 22……