How Vandy will get bowl eligible

With the opponent this week being the bye week I thought it would be worth seeing what lies ahead on the schedule. The 'Dores are just three wins away from bowl eligibility, but it feels like more than that after the let down against Mizzou. That means we need to find three wins out of the remaining six games to go bowling for the third straight year. Here are some midseason thoughts on each game.

With the opponent this week being the almighty bye week I thought it would be worth seeing what lies ahead on the schedule. The 'Dores are just three wins away from bowl eligibility, but it feels like more than that after the let down against Missouri. That means we need to find three wins out of the remaining six games to go bowling for the third straight year. Here are some midseason thoughts on each game.

Georgia - Loss

The banged up Bulldogs have a suddenly very interesting game against Missouri coming up this weekend. The Tigers are still flying way under the radar, but they are by far the most impressive team that Vandy has played all year. I have no idea who even plays for Georgia on offense any more outside of Aaron Murray, but they will probably pull enough together to take down Vanderbilt. With a bye week to rest up and prepare though I think this is the most likely upset left on the Commodores schedule. If it were at home with last year's squad you would lean toward a win here.

@ Texas A&M - Loss

Vandy cannot stop the quarterback run game and they have to go to College Station to face the best making something out of nothing passer in the country. That is what those in the business call a bad match up.

@ Florida - Loss

It is interesting how in many ways Tyler Murphy stepping in for the injured Jeff Driskell has actually helped the Gators to be competitive offensively in the suddenly high scoring SEC. Murphy will play well, but the real problem comes with seeing how Vanderbilt score points against an athletic and dominating Florida defense who are giving up just 12 points per game.

Kentucky - Win

There is no doubt that Kentucky is an improved team, but their schedule has been so horrendous for the last few weeks that it is hard to really tell how good they are. After Saturday the Wildcats will have played Louisville, Florida, South Carolina, and Alabama on consecutive weekends. That run, plus the Vandy game being squeezed between Missouri and Georgia, gives the 'Dores the edge at home.

@ Tennessee - Toss Up

This is the game that bowl eligibility is going to come down to (unless the 'Dores can upset Georgia). Tennessee should have beaten the Bulldogs last week, but the week before they only squeaked past South Alabama. It is anyone's guess as to which version of the Vols will show up, plus you have to add in the rivalry factor, meaning this will be one of the most fun and intense games of the season.

Wake Forest – Win

Up and down team with a good win over North Carolina State being cancelled out with a loss against Louisiana Monroe and a beatdown at Clemson. Vandy will have enough to beat Wake at home in this seemingly never ending series.

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