The Vanderbilt Commodores will take on Cincinnati in the Liberty Bowl on December 31st at 3:30 PM ET.
Record: 9-3 in the Big East
Rushing Offense: 37th (175)
Passing Offense: 70th (217.8)
Points For: 28th (33.5)
Points Against: 20th (20)
How did they fair in big games? The Bearcats played no ranked opponents through the course of 2011. In the big games they won – Louisville, South Florida and Pittsburgh – the Bearcats’ margin of victory was only five points. In their losses against better teams – Tennessee, West Virginia and Rutgers – the Bearcats lost by two touchdowns as an average.
Major Players: Quarterback Munchie Legaux has filled in for Zach Collaros while he was injured, and he has thrown for 749 yards and only five touchdowns. Running back Isaiah Pead is the best football player on this team, and he has run for 1,110 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2011 to carry this team.
Best Matchup: I want to see this Vanderbilt defense against running back Pead. Pead is an outstanding football player, but the Commodores’ defense will not lay down for anyone. The Commodores were fourth in the SEC stopping the run, only giving up around 120 yards per game. If they can stop Pead, they win this football game.
Interesting Tidbit: The Bearcats best player – quarterback Zach Collaros – went down for the season in their loss to West Virginia with a broken ankle, and he will not be playing in this football game. Cincinnati was a better football team with Collaros in the lineup.