Wednesday, October 8, 2008

VSL Hotline: Pay-Per-View Edition

Vanderbilt's game against Mississippi State this Saturday will be available on pay-per-view and ESPN Gameplan. The Nashville City Paper has the details. If you are in the State of Tennessee, you can purchase the game if your cable provider is either Comcast of Charter for $29.95. If you are outside the state, ESPN Gameplan has added the game to their line-up. All this means there is no excuse for VSL Nation not to watch this game. The bride to be will be in town, so between trips to Bed, Bath, Beyond and Home Depot, I'm hoping we make it to Sam's. It's a little easier to get something like this done when the team is ranked #13/#14, but props to The Guru David Williams for getting this done. VSL Nation greatly appreciates it.

Mo Patton's article in today's Tennessean makes it sound like there is a full-fledged quarterback controversy brewing as Nickson, Adams Both Work with First Team. The Nashville City Paper article linked to above writes that Chris, "who wants to start Saturday’s game." As of right now, no decision has been made. What do you think?



Mo double-dips in the Tennessean with an article on the impact of Vanderbilt's "Red-Shirts" in their perfect start. Patton points to several in particular: Chris Marve, Jamie Graham, Brandon Barden and T.J. Greenstone, who have been impact players. I for one am glad to see Brandon Barden getting the time he's gotten, since I think he gives the Commodores a dynamic threat at tight end that, for as long as I can remember (admittedly not that long), we haven't had. It also goes to show how far this program has come under Bobby Johnson. We were never in a position to red-shirt guys, and now we are. Clearly, it's paying dividends.

ESPN.com's Chris Low (who is becoming a favorite of the VSL) has an article on Vanderbilt's secondary being "the Real Deal." Chris also looks at recent "surprising starts" in the SEC over the past few years, including Mississippi State in 2007, Kentucky in 2006, and Ole Miss in 2003. Ron Higgins of the Memphis Commercial-Appeal specifically recalls the Bulldogs successful 2007 campaign in today's paper.

The line in Vegas is now uniform: Vanderbilt by 2.5.

A lot to chew on. Let's hear from ya.

Bobby, OUT

2 comments:

Jason said...

Your boy Chris Low:

To help eliminate the big play, Mississippi State will likely use All-SEC free safety Derek Pegues as more of a center fielder this week against Vanderbilt. Pegues told the Jackson Clarion-Ledger that the Bulldogs were putting in more zone coverages and were going to get away from some of the man coverage with no safety help that has burned them at times this season. Mississippi State has had trouble getting to the quarterback, which has made man coverage even more difficult. The Bulldogs are 10th in the SEC with eight sacks through five games.

If true, Bardon's going to be open on short/intermediate seam routes.

Anonymous said...

Looks like losing to Vandy still gets your offensive coordinator canned... despite this not being your grandfather's commies.