How Vandy’s Future Opponents Fared Week 1

It is always good to know what is coming up. To that end we are going to take a brief look each week at how the ‘Dores future opponents are doing. This is how each team fared to open the season.

Ole Miss (18) – Beat Boise State 35-17

This looks way more convincing than it actually was. The Rebels were only up 7-6 entering the fourth quarter against a Bronco team which is far removed from their BCS busting days. Mississippi will have to vastly improve to justify their lofty preseason ranking.

UMass – Lost to Boston College 30-7

The Minutemen kept it close early and were able to stand up to a non-conference foe more so than they have in the past. Having said all that they still fell apart, especially with their line play, and got blown out by a team picked to finish squarely in the bottom tier of the ACC.

South Carolina (9) – Lost 52-28 to Texas A&M (21)

As bad as Vanderbilt was on Thursday night it can be argued that South Carolina was a much bigger disappointment. A defense which was supposed to be reloaded looked inept as the Gamecocks saw their home win streak snapped emphatically at 18 games. Any time a ranked team lets a quarterback throw for 511 yards on his first collegiate start there are going to be some major questions asked around the nation.

Kentucky – Beat Tennessee-Martin 59-14

Kentucky did exactly what they were supposed to do against their FCS opponent to open the season. The rolled up 656 yards of total offense and scored the first 52 points on their way to a rout of the Skyhawks. Obviously much bigger tests loom, but stronger programs than Kentucky had much more trouble against lower division foes this weekend. That is something to be commended as the Wildcats continue to adjust and grow in their new system.

Georgia (12) – Beat Clemson (16) 45-21

Georgia has all the ingredients to be a playoff team at the end of 2014. Todd Gurley proved he is a legitimate Heisman contender with a school record 293 all-purpose yards, which he turned into four touchdowns. If Gurley stays strong and healthy and his touches can be managed as the season goes along then it is hard to see him being slowed, let alone stopped, by anyone.Ole Miss (18) – Beat Boise State 35-17

This looks way more convincing than it actually was. The Rebels were only up 7-6 entering the fourth quarter against a Bronco team which is far removed from their BCS busting days. Mississippi will have to vastly improve to justify their lofty preseason ranking.

UMass – Lost to Boston College 30-7

The Minutemen kept it close early and were able to stand up to a non-conference foe more so than they have in the past. Having said all that they still fell apart, especially with their line play, and got blown out by a team picked to finish squarely in the bottom tier of the ACC.

South Carolina (9) – Lost 52-28 to Texas A&M (21)

As bad as Vanderbilt was on Thursday night it can be argued that South Carolina was a much bigger disappointment. A defense which was supposed to be reloaded looked inept as the Gamecocks saw their home win streak snapped emphatically at 18 games. Any time a ranked team lets a quarterback throw for 511 yards on his first collegiate start there are going to be some major questions asked around the nation.

Kentucky – Beat Tennessee-Martin 59-14

Kentucky did exactly what they were supposed to do against their FCS opponent to open the season. The rolled up 656 yards of total offense and scored the first 52 points on their way to a rout of the Skyhawks. Obviously much bigger tests loom, but stronger programs than Kentucky had much more trouble against lower division foes this weekend. That is something to be commended as the Wildcats continue to adjust and grow in their new system.

Georgia (12) – Beat Clemson (16) 45-21

Georgia has all the ingredients to be a playoff team at the end of 2014. Todd Gurley proved he is a legitimate Heisman contender with a school record 293 all-purpose yards, which he turned into four touchdowns. If Gurley stays strong and healthy and his touches can be managed as the season goes along then it is hard to see him being slowed, let alone stopped, by anyone. Charleston Southern – Beat Point University 61-9

The Bucs ran all over (336 yards rushing) Point University in the first night game ever held at Charleston Southern. Point, an NAIA school, did about as well as you would expect when making the jump up in competition and the Bucs dominated.

Missouri (24) – Beat South Dakota State 38-18

The Tigers got a big play from Marcus Murphy at just the right time to turn a scare into a cruise and take down the Jackrabbits. The lead was just three points early in the third quarter when Murphy returned a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown and put the game away. Overall this was a tougher than expected outing for Missouri against the team ranked 10th in the FCS poll.

Old Dominion – Beat Hampton 41-28

The Monarchs first game as an FBS competitor was rolling along nicely until their usually high powered offense ground to a half with four minutes left in the third quarter. After piling up 41 points ODU failed to score again for the rest of the game and had to rely on two late turnovers to seal the win against the only FCS team on their schedule.

Florida – Game against Idaho was cancelled

It seems SEC schools can cancel games due to weather issues after all……

Mississippi State – Beat Southern Miss 49-0

The Bulldogs turned a slow burning start into a dominating performance as they dismantled Southern Miss at the weekend. After a seven point first quarter the offense got rolling and by the middle of the third period the game was being played mostly by backups. The three turnovers the Bulldogs secured on defense are an excellent sign for them going forward.

Tennessee – Beat Utah State 38-7

Tennessee got probably the most the most complete performance to date from quarterback Justin Worley as he linked with many of their newcomers on offense to put this one away early. Worley threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns, completing his first 13 passes of the second half, showing a new level of confidence and leadership in the process. The 21 true freshmen the Volunteers used in this game shows how the program is attempting to rebuild on the fly.

Total future opponent record: 8-2 Charleston Southern – Beat Point University 61-9

The Bucs ran all over (336 yards rushing) Point University in the first night game ever held at Charleston Southern. Point, an NAIA school, did about as well as you would expect when making the jump up in competition and the Bucs dominated.

Missouri (24) – Beat South Dakota State 38-18

The Tigers got a big play from Marcus Murphy at just the right time to turn a scare into a cruise and take down the Jackrabbits. The lead was just three points early in the third quarter when Murphy returned a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown and put the game away. Overall this was a tougher than expected outing for Missouri against the team ranked 10th in the FCS poll.

Old Dominion – Beat Hampton 41-28

The Monarchs first game as an FBS competitor was rolling along nicely until their usually high powered offense ground to a half with four minutes left in the third quarter. After piling up 41 points ODU failed to score again for the rest of the game and had to rely on two late turnovers to seal the win against the only FCS team on their schedule.

Florida – Game against Idaho was cancelled

It seems SEC schools can cancel games due to weather issues after all……

Mississippi State – Beat Southern Miss 49-0

The Bulldogs turned a slow burning start into a dominating performance as they dismantled Southern Miss at the weekend. After a seven point first quarter the offense got rolling and by the middle of the third period the game was being played mostly by backups. The three turnovers the Bulldogs secured on defense are an excellent sign for them going forward.

Tennessee – Beat Utah State 38-7

Tennessee got probably the most the most complete performance to date from quarterback Justin Worley as he linked with many of their newcomers on offense to put this one away early. Worley threw for 273 yards and three touchdowns, completing his first 13 passes of the second half, showing a new level of confidence and leadership in the process. The 21 true freshmen the Volunteers used in this game shows how the program is attempting to rebuild on the fly.

Total future opponent record: 8-2

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