Vanderbilt Very Well Can Win 8 Total Games This Year

zac-stacey

I have been very impressed all year with what Vanderbilt is doing in the SEC this season. Even though the Commodores have only one win in conference play, they could be considered the third best team in the SEC East right now, with both Florida and Tennessee in worse positions.

James Franklin has brought a new energy and passion to this program. Vanderbilt is not usually accustomed to competing regularly in every SEC matchup, but they have been in competition, for the most part, the entire season. Franklin could be in contention to win SEC Coach of the Year.

The Commodores started off 3-0 on the year, beating Elon, UConn and Ole Miss. However, the schedule got much tougher, and losses ensued to South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Arkansas. Vanderbilt did play Georgia and Arkansas very tough, though. They certainly earned respect.

Right now, the Commodores are sitting 4-4 with four games left in the regular season, and they have a chance to finish 4-0 in these last four games.

This past week, the Commodores jumped out to a 21-7 lead over the Razorbacks, but a costly turnover and a missed field goal in the second half helped Arkansas pull out the victory.

However, the remaining schedule is quite attractive for the Dores to actually finish with eight wins…yes, eight wins.

November 5th – @ Florida

Florida is a very winnable game right now because the Gators are struggling to find anyone at wide receiver to catch the football, and they have no running game. Any game is tough on the road in The Swamp, but I think Vanderbilt can get this victory.

November 12th – Kentucky

Let’s face it, Kentucky is probably the worst team in the SEC this season, and the offense has shown little to no improvement this season. I like Vanderbilt here, especially at home.

November 19 – @ Tennessee

Vanderbilt beating Tennessee…who would have thought that was even possible? It certainly is. Tyler Bray is the X-factor here if he can return from his broken hand for this game. If he cannot, I think you’re looking at a Commodore victory. Call me crazy!

November 25th – @ Wake Forest

Anytime an ACC member takes on an SEC member, the SEC member usually pulls it out; however, Wake does have a good team this year and they are playing at home in this one. I still like the Dores on the road.

James Franklin’s passion and energy is hard not to like and be impressed with. He’s doing more with less than Florida, Tennessee and Mississippi State.

The emergence of quarterback Jordan Rodgers has really given this team stability at quarterback and on offense, and running back Zac Stacy has been lights out the last two weeks.

Rodgers will remind you of his brother a little bit the way he uses his arm and feet to make plays on the field.

I love the direction this program is headed right now, but the question remains – will James Franklin be at Vanderbilt long enough to get Vanderbilt competing regularly in the SEC?

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  • Since 1980, Vandy has 2, T-W-O, winning seasons. In 1982, they finished 8-4 and lost to Air Force in a bowl game. In 2008, they finished 7-6 and beat Boston College in the Music City Bowl (home game). The missed field goal against AR is the epitome of Vandy football – years of futility mixed with a little tease and a little hope. In the same time frame, they have had 14 seasons with 2 or fewer wins. During that period of time, the only head coach who has actuallly left Vandy for another head coaching job was DiNardo and LSU fans are still trying to figure out how he ended up in Baton Rouge after no winning seasons at Vandy (only won 9 SEC games in 4 years). If Franklin is going to leave for another job, he better do it really quick, while people think he can coach (Maryland obviously didnt or the “head coach in waiting” would still be in College
    Park). They will not win their last 4 games. Best case scenario, 6-6 and bowl eligible. Most likely, they will finish 5-7. Dont get caught up in the hype of Franklin, hype doesnt win in the SEC and hype cant get you 2 deep at every position, let alone 3 deep, which is what it will take for Vandy to compete year-in and year-out.