Three Keys: Vanderbilt vs. Tennessee State

The Vanderbilt Commodores host neighborhood rival Tennessee State on Saturday for homecoming at Vanderbilt Stadium.  Here are your three keys to a Commodore win.

Key No. 1 TAKE TSU SERIOUSLY

Vanderbilt can't afford to not show up on Saturday. Tennessee State may not be a sexy FBS opponent, but it's a chance to get another step closer to a Commodore bowl bid. Get excited about this game.  Derek Mason should swallow a goldfish or castrate a Tiger [humor alert], anything to get his team excited about this game. Vandy can't make the same mistake Georgia did last Saturday.

Key No. 2 RUN, RUN, and RUN SOME MORE

Tennessee State has had some problems defending the run this season. If a team can run the football, it makes sense to do just that until the opponent can stop you or the game ends. Ralph Webb needs to have a huge day and get much closer to the Vandy career rushing record. Khari Blasingame and the other running backs ideally get plenty of playing time and yards. It all comes down to the offensive line, though, they need to dominate early. 

Key No. 3 NO DUMB INJURIES

First off, while TSU is an FCS opponent, the Tigers can still knock the snot out of you.  While Vandy may be flat for this game, the Tigers will be bouncing off the walls for Vandy, so it's important the players be alert. Vanderbilt has been somewhat fortunate in the injury department so far this season. The offensive line is still pretty much intact seven games into the season. No big playmakers have been lost on either side of the ball. Let's keep it that way. If Vandy pulls ahead comfortably in the third quarter, keep the starters out of harm's way and give the youngsters some PT.  


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