Thursday, September 18, 2008

VSL Hotline: The Running Game, Edition

Saturday’s Ole Miss game, understandably, is seen as a pivotal one for the Commodores bowl hopes. Getting to 6 wins will not be easy, but a 4-0 September start would go a long way in making that goal a reality. Very aware of that, David Brandt warns Rebel fans in today’s Jackson Clarion-LedgerThis isn’t your Daddy’s Vanderbilt.” Houston Nutt’s comment, "Vanderbilt is not a homecoming team anymore," aside, I think this article is interesting coming from Ole Miss fans. It’s not like Ole Miss has exactly been an SEC powerhouse in years past. Historically they’ve certainly been better and more formidable than the Commodores, but they’ve split their last 4 to Bobby Johnson’s Commodores. To me, it would be like a Meek Eleven fan saying, “You really shouldn’t take the ACC lightly.”

The Vanderbilt beat reporters have, as usual, some must-reads to get Commodore Nation prepared for Saturday. An unheralded aspect of Vanderbilt’s early season success, the Special Teams unit, gets the Mo treatment in today’s Tennessean. As David Rutz points out in the Tennessean, recent Rebel/Commodore match-ups have created quite a rivalry between these historic SEC doormats. With that in mind, David Rutz also pens an article reporting that “Coach expects usual close game vs. Rebels” in the Tennessean.

The Man We Love to Hait highlights in today’s Nashville City Paper the biggest test for Vanderbilt going into Saturday’s game: Run Defense. As Brett writes, “Can the Commodore front stop the run? This might be the week of revelation.” As Hait points out, the Rebels are averaging 173 yards a game, by far more than any of Vanderbilt’s previous three opponents. Brett goes on to write, “Vanderbilt is allowing only 98.7 rushing yards per game, but statistics don’t tell the story. South Carolina currently ranks last in the SEC in rushing, and neither Rice nor Miami committed to a rushing attack against the Commodores.” Ole Miss will, and that is most certainly the thing to watch this Saturday.

We’ll be back with our interview swap with the Hotty Toddy Blog later today.

Until then, Bobby OUT.

1 comment:

Douglas James said...

Who knows if it will help this late in the game but here is the link I got from where you can complain to ESPN about not having the game on. Maybe it will get some other games on gameplan down the road. Who knows.