This year's Vanderbilt Commodores team now has two things last years didn't: a conference win and an off week. After knocking off the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford, the Commodores were able to nurse their wounds back to health with an early open date before getting on with the rest of their season. Coach Caldwell's team come off the bye with 2 (winnable)non-conference games before getting into the meat of their SEC schedule. It is our sincere hope to have a full preview of Saturday's game at UConn posted by Friday. The game will kick-off at 11 CDT and be available locally on WUXP-30 in Nashville, as well as on the Big East Network, ESPN Gameplan, and ESPN3.com. In the meantime, check out the Depth Charts and Game Notes posted on VUCommodores.com.
Jeff Lockridge begins UConn week in today's Tennessean with a piece on Huskie running back, Junior Jordan Todman, and his power run-game. It's a mixed bag as Lockridge points out: "The 5-foot-9, 193-pound Todman likes to run between the tackles much like Ole Miss' Brandon Bolden and LSU's Stevan Ridley. Vanderbilt held Bolden to 46 yards on 10 carries, while Ridley piled up 159 yards on 17 carries, including a 65-yard touchdown." I would submit LSU has a lot more offensive weapons than Ole Miss, although Coach Caldwell's admonition that the best way to contain Todman is to keep him off the field, is still probably the best approach.
Mark Wheeler takes Commodore fans for a trip down memory lane, way back in 2008, in the Nashville City Paper, situating this year's team with the last squad to get a week off. I've got to say, the VSL Brain Trust loves Wheeler's implicit optimism.
The Chicago CommoBears beat the Packers 20-17 last night on Monday Night Football to become the only NFC team who's still undefeated. Jay Cutler had a good night: 16/27 for 221 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT. I would say Jay seemed to revert back to some of this old, gun-slinging habits last night and had several balls that should have been picked off, but were dropped or nullified on penalties. The Packers' pass interference on His Name is Earl set up the winning field goal in the waning seconds.
Another Commodore got attention last night, although perhaps not the kind he was hoping for. David Price learned the perils of Twitter last night when he wrote: "Had a chance to clinch a post season spot tonight with about 10,000 fans in the stands....embarrassing." Price later tweeted the non-apology, apology: "If I offended anyone I apologize I did not think it was gonna turn into this...." You can follow David Price on Twitter by clicking here (and signing up for Twitter)
Finally, ESPN.com's Chris Low builds the best SEC Program from the ground up. Vanderbilt gets 2 nods.