Three Keys - Vanderbilt vs. Georgia

It's hard to believe the opener has passed and we are now in week 2 of the Vanderbilt season. Last week was a disappointment for the Commodore nation but inside are three keys to Vanderbilt having a brighter Saturday. Look inside for the three keys to a Commodore win over the Georgia Bulldogs.

1) Forget WKU

The past is over; forget it. The Commodores need to realize that they have the talent and ability to play good football. Moping over the lost opportunity get a win in the opener will get them nowhere. Vanderbilt was a play a way from winning last week. This week maybe Georgia will be the one who is a play away from beating Vandy, like they were two years ago. But crying over past losses will get you nowhere so don't do it.

2) Slow down Chubb

Nick Chubb is one of the most dynamic players in college football. He's quick as a cat and has incredible cutting ability enabling him to elude would be tacklers. He's going to get his 100 yards, however, the Commodores must at least slow him down and keep things from getting out of control. Keeping him manageable, around 100 yards or less, gives the 'Dores at least a shot at winning if the 'Dore offense does its part. Yes, Chubb is tough to tackle, but letting him get into the high 100s or hit the 200 level for rushing means a very ugly day for Vanderbilt.

3) Focus on UGA defensive vulnerabilities

It never makes any sense to try to put a square peg into a circle. Last week Louisiana Monroe completed nearly 80 percent of its passes against the Georgia defense (23 for 29 for 206 yards, 2 TDs). Meanwhile the Georgia defense allowed only 45 yards rushing. Vanderbilt should exploit Georgia's weak secondary. While there will be a time and place for running the ball in this game, focusing on the run will be the recipe for another Commodore loss. Establishing the pass will open up some decent run gains for the Commodores. No, Johnny McCrary isn't the second coming of John Elway but letting him attack the Bulldog secondary at least gives the Commodores a chance to win and helps him build confidence.

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