SEC Gameday: Everything you need to know about Vandy vs. NC State


Here’s everything you need to know about Vanderbilt vs. NC State in Nashville for the Music City Bowl.

Game Time: 12:00 PM ET
Current Line: Vanderbilt by 7.5

Game Buzz: Vanderbilt is going for their ninth win of the season, after notching back-to-back bowl games for the first time in the history of the program.

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Vanderbilt Commodores

Players to watch:

  • QB Jordan Rodgers
  • RB Zac Stacy
  • WR Jordan Matthews
  • DT Rob Lohr
  • LB Archibald Barnes
  • CB Trey Wilson

Keys for Vanderbilt:

  • Ride the James Franklin wave of momentum
  • Establish running game on offense with Zac Stacy early
  • Don’t panic on defense – the Dores’ strength lies in the secondary against a good passing team in NC State

Team Buzz: Vandy is doing things no one thought could be done in Nashville. Franklin is turning down jobs because he wants to build a program in the SEC, and you have to tip your hat to him because of it. The Commodores’ continual rise to the middle of the pack in the SEC East has been fascinating to watch, and we’re going to find out whether this program can essentially take it to the next level in two to three years. Vandy’s strength is in pass defense, and that bodes well against a future NFL quarterback in Mike Glennon for the Wolfpack.

NC State Wolfpack

Players to watch:

  • QB Mike Glennon
  • WR Quintin Payton
  • WR Tobias Palmer
  • WR Bryan Underwood
  • LB Rickey Dowdy
  • CB David Amerson

Keys for NC State:

  • Must establish a running game to create a balance against the Commodores’ defense
  • Rekindle the Florida State magic and force turnovers on defense
  • Ride the future NFL arm of Mike Glennon

Team Buzz: NC State head coach Tom O’Brien was canned after a seven-win season in 2012, and the Wolfpack actually courted James Franklin until he signed an extension with the Commodores. NC State reminds me of Tennessee, with a tall pocket passing quarterback with a minimal running game. Vandy thumped Tennessee earlier in the year, and they are very strong in the secondary. Glennon has posted nasty numbers this season with over 3,600 yards and 30 touchdowns through the air, but he has been turnover prone. NC State’s biggest win came against Florida State earlier in the season, and they will try to rekindle some of that magic in the Music City Bowl.

Photo Credit: Don McPeak-US Presswire



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