No. 4 Georgia (5-1, 3-1 SEC) at Vanderbilt (1-6, 0-3 SEC)
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET
Stadium: Vanderbilt Stadium (39,773)
Tickets: Available via www.vucommodores.com
or by calling 1-877-448-2639
Kickoff weather: High of 66, low of 41, partly cloudy, 10 percent chance of rain
Series: Georgia leads 44-17-2
Odds: Georgia favored by 24
Georgia -- Probable: RB Tyson Browning (back), LB Arnold Harrison (shoulder), DT Darrell Holmes (shoulder), DE David Pollack
(turf toe); Out: WR Fred Gibson (knee), WR Michael Johnson (shoulder),
QB D.J. Shockley (knee), DT Kedric Golston (shoulder), WR Sean Bailey
(hamstring), RB Tony Milton (leg), DE Preston Pannell (shoulder), DT
Dale Dixson (knee).
Vanderbilt -- Probable: C Steven Brent, OG Mac Pyle
(ankle), FB Zeke Brandon (shoulder); Questionable: OT Kenan Arkan
(ankle), TE Curtis Brancheau (ankle); Out: OG Adam Dossett (mono).
Up next: Georgia vs. UAB, Oct. 25, 1 p.m.; Vanderbilt at USC, Oct. 25,
Georgia rush offense vs. Vanderbilt rush defense:
The Bulldogs haven't had a 100-yard rusher all season, and if that's
ever going to change, this is the week. The Commodores have given up
100-yard-plus games to five backs in the last four games and are 94th in
the nation in rush defense (184.6 ypg). Still, Georgia may not give any
back enough carries to gain 100. Running backs coach Ken Rucker said he
expects his top three backs to rotate just like they did against
Tennessee, when they got between five and 13 carries each.
Vanderbilt rush offense vs. Georgia rush defense:
The Commodores rushed for 234 yards last year against Georgia. They
were the only team with more than 200. This year's Vanderbilt team is
averaging just 140.4 yards per game on the ground, though, and the
Bulldogs are eighth in the country against the run (78.8 ypg). The
Commodores will try the option, which has given Georgia trouble in the
past, but the Bulldogs held Tennessee to 2.3 yards per carry last week
and Vanderbilt's running game is not nearly as good Tennessee's.
Georgia pass offense vs. Vanderbilt pass defense:
The Bulldogs appear to be opening up their passing game. They threw
the ball eight different players and got 11 catches out of non-wide
receivers against Tennessee. It didn't add up to big yardage, a modest
228 through the air, but it made for consistent offense and a
season-high in points. The Commodores are in the top half of the SEC's
pass defense standings, and cornerback Dominique Morris has two
Vanderbilt pass offense vs. Georgia pass defense:
Jay Cutler is the latest in what seems to be a long line of plucky
Commodore quarterbacks who come to the school hoping to turn it around
and leave with a few thousand passing yards and not many wins. Georgia
coach Mark Richt is a fan of Cutler, a sophomore, who is already eighth
on the team's career passing yardage chart with 2,945 yards. He is much
improved over last year, Vandy coach Bobby Johnson said.
Georgia continues to struggle covering and returning kickoffs. The
Bulldogs are ninth in the league in kick coverage and gave up 104
kickoff return yards to Tennessee last week. That was 43 more yards than
the Vols gained rushing. Georgia is last in the league in kickoff
return yardage (16.3 per return). Wide receiver Fred Gibson may return
kickoffs today, depending on how his tender left knee feels.
Vanderbilt's kicking game isn't much stronger. They are 11th in kick
return yardage (18.2) and place-kicker Tolga Ertugrul is 4 of 7 on field
Although this would be the perfect game to overlook, Georgia's players
haven't shown a tendency to do that under Richt. Richt says his players
simply like playing football, and they only get 12 or 13 chances a year
to do it. Georgia's offense needs to get confidence in its newfound
rhythm, and its defense just seems to really enjoy pounding opponents,
this game could get ugly. That's a bad combination for the Commodores.
Georgia 40, Vanderbilt 13.
Keys to the Game:
The Bulldogs, of course, have to guard against overconfidence, not to
mention sheer boredom. Unless thousands of Georgia fans decide to take
advantage of the glut of tickets available for this game and drive to
Nashville, the Bulldogs probably will be playing in front of a crowd of
just more than 30,000. The crowd will be no more than half of the size
of any other crowd this season and will consist of 70,000 fewer people
than saw last week's game in Knoxville, Tenn. If Georgia can stay awake,
that should be enough.
Keys to the Game
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