- Perhaps that this is obvious, but I'll say it anyway. Zac's line yesterday was 167 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries. He averaged 6.3 yard-per-carry and added 2 catches for 24 yards. He did lose a fumble late that, as discussed above, could have cost the Commodores the game. Vanderbilt's offense needs to run through him.
- : The Commodores were 2 of 5 on 4th down yesterday, which isn't great. Here's the rub, Vanderbilt was 2 for 2 on 4th down on their opening drive and 0 for 3 the rest of the way. Looking at the 3 failed attempts, I only disagree with the decision to go for it on 4th and 9 on from their own 43. At the time of the attempt, Vanderbilt was up 7-0 and had all the momentum. Beyond that, the design of the fake was terrible. Zac Stacy lined up as the punter and the ball was snapped to Wesley Tate. Here's the problem. I saw Zac line up as the punter, which means the Tigers definitely saw the personnel and knew the fake was on. As my very knowledge wife pointed out at the time: there was no reason to go for it. 4th and 8 is no easy pick up. Combine that with the fact that you're on your own 43 in a game you're leading, and it makes the call that much more baffling. I'll all for aggressive, but not for the sake of it.
- Vanderbilt went for it again on 4th and 1 on the Auburn 48. I actually thought this was the right thing to do. They put the ball in Zac's hands and he got stopped. It happens.
- Up 17-13, with just over 7 minutes to go in the 4th quarter, James Franklin decided to go for it on 4th and 3 from the Auburn 31. I thought this was the right call. 49 yards is probably outside Casey Spear's range and a punt is only going to net you (in all likelihood) 11 yards. With all that said, the play-call was atrocious. The coaching staff called a half-back option that resulted in Zac taking a 6 yard loss. To me, this play-call is too clever by half. If you're going for it, run such a better, higher-percentage play this.
- : Why don't we run it? A high percentage of Vanderbilt's rushes were between the tackles. Auburn had to stack the box to try and stop it, leaving single coverage without safety help on either Jordan Matthews or Chris Boyd. As I said above, Vanderbilt's offense needs to run through Zac Stacy. But we've got talented receivers who can take advantage of one-on-one coverage.
- Vanderbilt hasn't created that many. Through 7 games, Vanderbilt has only forced 5 turnovers, and hasn't had a takeaway in 11 quarters. The Commodores are -4 in turnovers through their first 7 contests, they need to get on the plus side of that statistic in their final 5.