As we head into the middle of October, the Vanderbilt Commodores are still pursuing their second win of the season. At 1-4, the Commodores are tied for the worst record in the conference with their neighbors to the east, the Tennessee Volunteers. They are 0-3 in conference play, which to this point is tied for the worst mark alongside the Kentucky Wildcats.
They are ranked at the bottom in points per game, rushing yards per game and total offense. In addition, they’ve given up the most points per game in the conference, the second-most passing yards per game, the most rushing yards per game and the most total yards per game.
So... where do we find optimism? For Vanderbilt’s sake, hopefully in the fact that they host the UNLV Rebels this weekend. The 2019 Rebels are also 1-4 and have gone 0-2 in Mountain West play. They’re 99th in the nation in points per game and 118th in points allowed per game. Thus far, they’ve been one of the worst FBS teams in the nation...
...But at the same time, Vandy hasn’t fared too much better. So again, where do we find optimism? The talent discrepancy probably favors Vandy, which would explain why they are a two touchdown favorite right now. Leaning on that, I would figure that the Commodores will come away with a win. UNLV’s defense probably doesn’t have the firepower to score the win, nor do I think they have enough up front to stop Ke’Shawn Vaughn from running through them.
If Vandy loses this game to UNLV? Well... then it will really be a wonder as to when they’ll score their next victory.
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