Head-to-head: Vanderbilt vs. Ole Miss

Next up for Vanderbilt is a trip to Ole Miss on Saturday at 11:20 a.m. CT (SEC TV/ ESPN3). VandyMania.com compares different critical team areas of Vanderbilt and Ole Miss and indicates which team has the edge. We also predict the final score.

VANDERBILT
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Ole Miss
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COMMENTS
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Vanderbilt rushing offense
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Ole Miss rushing defense
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Vanderbilt tailback Warren Norman leads the Commodores with 114 yards rushing in 2010 while Zac Stacy has 88. Rebel linebacker Jonathan Cornell had 3 sacks in a victory over Tulane. Ole Miss is allowing an average of 98 yards a game rushing against weak opponents while Vanderbilt is gaining an average of 128 a game against quality opponents.  
EVEN  
Vanderbilt passing offense
vs.
Ole Miss passing defense
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Vanderbilt quarterback Larry Smith has shown some improvement since the 2009 season. He has completed 56 percent of his passes for 310 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Tight end Brandon Barden has 9 catches for 101 yards and a touchdown. Vanderbilt as a team is averaging 155 passing yards a game. Ole Miss, against a soft schedule, is allowing an average of 235 yards passing per game. Ole Miss safety Johnny Brown has 14 tackles and 3 defensed passes this season.  
EVEN  
Ole Miss rushing offense
vs.
Vanderbilt rushing defense
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Ole Miss's Brandon Bolden leads the Rebels in rushing with 136 yards and 2 touchdowns. Enrique Davis has 101 yards. Ole Miss, averages 164 rushing yards a game while Vandy allows an average of 211 yards per game. Vandy is led by senior linebacker Chris Marve who is third in the SEC in tackles with 18. Ole Miss' easy schedule makes this even.  
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Ole Miss passing offense
vs.
Vanderbilt passing defense
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Oregon transfer Jeremiah Masoli has completed 21 of 30 passes for 390 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions against, again, two weak opponents. Vanderbilt as a team is allowing 167 yards per game. Vandy cornerback Casey Hayward has is tied for sixth in the SEC with 2 passes defended. He had an interception against LSU.  
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Special Teams
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Vanderbilt's Richard Kent and Ole Miss's Tyler Campbell each average about 37 yards net punting which is solid. Kent has a season long put of 57 yards while Campbell's longest punt has gone for 60 yards. Ryan Rose has kicked 4 of 4 field goals for Ole Miss with a long kick of 41 yards. Vanderbilt's Ryan Fowler has connected on 2 of 3 field goals. Warren Norman averages a solid 23 yards per kickoff return. Norman returned 3 kickoffs for touchdowns last year. Norman fumbled during a kickoff return against LSU last week. Ole Miss' Derrick Herman has returned 5 kickoffs for a 17 yard average per return. Zac Stacy averages 3 yards per punt return for Vandy and Ole Miss' Jesse Grandy has one returned punt for no yardage gained.  
 
Coaching
 
Ole Miss' Houston Nutt has led teams at Arkansas and Ole Miss to a combined 10 bowl bids. He has record of 130-79 in 18 seasons. Vandy's Robbie Caldwell has 34 years of experience as an assistant. He is in his first season and looking for his first victory as a head coach  
 
Intangibles
 
Two of Vanderbilt's best defensive players, veteran linebackers John Stokes and Chris Marve, are from the Memphis area. The Commodores have won 3 of the 5 five and will be bouncing off the walls to get their first victory of the season. Ole Miss dominated Vanderbilt defensively in Nashville last year so they'll likely be a little flat for the Commodores. Vandy just seems to play well in Oxford. Ole Miss has lost several key players to injury.  

PREDICTION: Vandy 20, Ole Miss 17.

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