It's game week for Vanderbilt!

Finally, the season is upon us. Soon it'll be time to Anchor Down and watch the Commodores battle a strong Ole Miss Rebels team. Here are some thoughts on the upcoming game and season.

Finally, the season is upon us. Soon it'll be time to Anchor Down and watch the Commodores battle the Ole Miss Rebels. Here are some thoughts on the upcoming game and season.

I've never been more excited for a Vanderbilt football season in my life and I've always been excited for every new Commodore season since I started following the 'Dores in the late 70s.

Many years I'd spend the off season looking over the schedule and thinking, "how many are we gonna win"? Many times I'd find myself saying "we might be able to surprise them" or "maybe they'll overlook us" but it's a new day for Vanderbilt football. The Commodores have the coaches and the horses to beat anyone on their schedule. There is no limit to what this team can accomplish this season.

Despite the tremendous optimism, there are some concerns, for instance wide receiver. The dynamic duo of Jordan Matthews and Chris Boyd is now just one superman. Consider this though, as good as Boyd is, in the past if VU had lost someone the caliber of Boyd it would have been considered a terrible disaster. That Vandy has someone as good as or even better than Boyd still on the field says something about how far the Vandy program has progressed. Keep in mind too that Jonathan Krause is no slouch. This kid has 56 career receptions and is a speedster. He can get the job done.

There are other concerns too, like how will Austyn Carta-Samuels will perform in his first start against an SEC opponent? Carta-Samuels appears to have the experience and swagger to perform well but we'll have to wait and see how he does. The absence of Zac Stacy for the first time in four years is also a concern. However, I'm less worried about the running back than the quarterback situation. Vandy has plenty of running back talent, although it'll likely be a running back by committee arrangement.

Defensively, gone are Rob Lohr, Trey Wilson and Archie Barnes. Despite these losses I think the defense is going to be much improved, but again, we are not going to know the truth until Thursday night.

One thing is for sure, this team may have deepest, strongest Commodore offensive and defensive lines in years. When you excel in your lines other areas of the team just seem to perform better and for good reason.

On Thursday don't forget to wear black and be loud. Anchor Down!

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