Three Keys - Vanderbilt vs. Austin Peay

Vanderbilt has a long history of bad seasons but there are two really bad things have never happened to Vanderbilt. 1) Vanderbilt has never endured a winless season. 2) Vanderbilt has never lost to an FCS opponent. Here are the three keys to beating Austin Peay on Saturday. Following these three keys ensures that the Dores will not suffer either No. 1 or No. 2 in 2015.

Don't take Peay lightly

Take these Governors seriously. Yes, they are in the FCS but keep in mind their players are talented and were stars at their high schools. These guys have good ability and can beat you on any given day. Most can remember last year when Virginia Tech beat Ohio State. Well just four years earlier Virginia Tech lost to FCS James Madison. Two years ago Georgia Southern defeated Florida in Gainesville. Already this season several FBS teams have fallen to FCS squads including Washington State, Army, Kansas and Wyoming. Just ask the Auburn Tigers, who narrowly escaped Jacksonville State on Saturday, how important it is to take an FCS opponent seriously.

Strike early offensively

Score early and often don't look back. Whether it's the power running game or the hurry up and pass offense, score and remove hope from the minds of the Govs. If the Commodores revert to their dropped passes or throw to the wrong team antics of the first two games, it could be a long, long day as the opponent will start building confidence and may keep it close enough to have a shot at beating Vanderbilt late, like Charleston Southern did last year.

Dominate on defense

Austin Peay has an offensive line that averages about 300 pounds. That said, they are slow and not as athletic as your Georgia's or even Western Kentucky. However, they are not that much slower than Vandy. If 97 percent effort is given bad things can happen. Vanderbilt needs to use its athleticism to blow up any ideas that APSU has as far as scoring on the Commodores. Sack the quarterback often and slam the Peay running backs for losses. Limit the number of positive yardage plays that APSU makes. Most importantly, send APSU back to Clarksville with an 0-3 record.

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