Vanderbilt vs. MTSU preview/ prediction

The 4-0 Vanderbilt Commodores continue their long home stand when they host local rival Middle Tennessee at Vanderbilt Stadium. Here is everything you need to know about the Saturday night game.


Vanderbilt

VS.


Middle Tennessee

SiteVanderbilt Stadium (39,773), Nashville, Tenn.
Date/TimeOctober 1, 2005, 6:00 PM CST
TelevisionUPN-30
Radio Nashville WGFX 104.5-FM; Fayetteville WEKR 1240-AM; Memphis KWAN 990-AM; Nashville WNSR 560-AM; Chattanooga WDOD 1310-AM; Huntsville WTKI 1450-AM; Smithville WJLE 101.7-FM; Ardmore WSLV 1110-AM; Clarksville WJZM 1400-AM; Lewisburg WAXO 1220-AM; Smithville WJLE 1480-AM; Ashland City WQSV 790-AM; Columbia WMGC 810-AM; Manchester WFTZ 101.5-FM; Winchester WCDT 1340-AM
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General School/ Team Information
.Middle TennesseeVanderbilt
NicknameBlue RaidersCommodores
ColorsRoyal Blue & WhiteBlack and Gold
Enrollment22,32210,291
ConferenceSun Belt SEC East
Head CoachAndy McCollumBobby Johnson
Coach's career record30-41 (30-41 at MTSU)70-65 (10-29 at VU)
Record last year5-62-9
Returning offensive starters96
Returning defensive starters96
Base offenseMultiple2-Back, Multi-set
Base defense4-34-3
Series Information
Series RecordVanderbilt leads, 12-2
First Meeting1915, Vanderbilt 51-0
Last Meeting2002, MTSU 21-20

Middle Tennessee Schedule
Sep 3 at Alabama, L 26-7
Sep 10 North Texas, L 14-7
Sep 17 Akron, L 17-7
Oct 1 at Vanderbilt
Oct 15 at Florida Atlantic
Oct 22 Louisiana-Lafayette
Oct 29 at Florida International
Nov 5 Arkansas State
Nov 12 Louisiana-Monroe
Nov 19 at North Carolina State
Nov 26 at Troy

Vanderbilt Schedule
Sept. 1 at Wake Forest, W 24-20
Sept. 10 at Arkansas, W 28-24
Sept. 17 Ole Miss, W 31-23
Sept. 24 Richmond, W 37-13
Oct. 1 Middle Tennessee
Oct. 8 LSU
Oct. 15 Georgia
Oct. 22 at South Carolina
Nov. 5 at Florida
Nov. 12 Kentucky
Nov. 19 at Tennessee




Projected Middle Tennessee Starters

OFFENSE

QB 17 Clint Marks (6-2, 203 Jr.)
TB 20 Eugene Gross (5-9, 208 Jr.)
WR 15 Cleannord Saintil (5-11, 197 Sr.)
WR 13 Taron Henry (6-0, 190 So.)
WR 87 Bobby Williams (6-3, 183 Fr.)
WR 88 Michael Cannon (5-10, 176 Fr.)
TE 85 Stephen Chicola (6-5, 248 So.)
LT 60 Willie Hall (6-6, 310 Jr.)
LG 79 Brandon Nix 6-4, 286 So.
C 57 Marcus Gates (6-2, 281 Jr.)
RG 75 Brian Smith (6-5, 318 Sr.)
RG 73 Germayle Franklin (6-4, 316 Jr.)
DEFENSE

LE 94 Devarick Scandrett (6-4, 281 Sr.)
NG 92 Jeff Littlejohn (6-2, 318 Sr.)
T 91 Quinton Staton (6-2, 270 Sr.)
DE 45 Sean Mosley (6-3, 265 So.)
LB 33 Jonathan Bonner (6-0, 222 Jr.)
LB 25 J.K. Sabb (5-11, 230 Jr.)
LB 40 Dennis Burke (6-1, 236 Jr.)
LC 24 Bradley Robinson (5-10, 170 So.)
LS 30 Jeremiah Weaver (5-11, 187 Sr.)
RS 8 Jonathan Harris (5-10, 207 Jr.)
RC 2 Keon Raymond (5-11, 187 Sr.)

Middle Tennessee Roster

Projected Vanderbilt Starters

OFFENSE

WR 2 Erik Davis (6-1, 192 Sr.)
WR 82 Marlon White (6-4, 205 Jr.) or
10 Earl Bennett (6-1, 200 Fr.)
QB 6 Jay Cutler (6-4, 228 Sr.)
TB 21 Jeff Jennings (6-1, 228 So.)
or
22 Cassen Jackson (6-1, 220 So.)
FB 28 Zach Logan (6-1, 234 Fr.)
or
44 David Whittington (6-2, 244, R-Fr.)
LT 62 Ryan King (6-7, 315 Sr.)
LG 74 Chris Williams (6-7, 307 So.)
C 77 Trey Holloway (6-2, 290 Sr.)
RG 78 Josh Eames (6-5, 304 So.)
RT 72 Brian Stamper (6-5, 292 Jr.)
TE 84 Dustin Dunning (6-5, 250 Sr.)
DEFENSE

DE 4 Herdley Harrison (6-3, 254 Sr.)
DT 95 Ralph McKenzie (6-4, 310 Sr.)
DT 54 Theo Horrocks (6-4, 280 So.)
DE 46 Chris Booker (6-4, 252 Sr.)
WLB 40 Kevin Joyce (6-3, 220 Jr.)
MLB 47 Jonathan Goff (6-4, 240 So.)
SLB 30 Moses Osemwegie (6-0, 228 Sr.)
CB 36 Andrew Pace (6-1, 200 Sr.)
FS 12 Kelechi Ohanaja (6-1, 192 Sr.)
or
25 Ben Koger (6-0, 196 Jr.)
SS 33 Reshard Langford (6-2, 215 Fr.)
CB 14 Josh Allen (5-9, 174, Fr.)

Vanderbilt Roster

Statistics Comparision

CategoryVandyMTSU
Scoring Offense 30.07.0
Scoring Defense 20.0 19.0
Total Offense 466.5250.33
Rushing Offense 180.5 92.0
Passing Offense 286.0 158.33
Total Defense 402.2346.67
Rushing Defense 170.2 129.00
Passing Defense 232.0 217.67

VandyMania Prediction

MTSU was expected to have a great year but surprisingly is off to a poor start. The Blue Raider offense has managed only 21 points in 3 games. This kind of game is hard to predict, but we remember the two earlier poor showings by our Commodores versus MTSU. This is a different year and different teams. If Vanderbilt is focused, they should be fine. They showed us last week that they can remain focused. It's hard to predict a score of this game because it is a game that will bring a lot of emotion out of both teams. The Commodores will pull out the win but it won't be easy.

Middle Tennessee 14
Vanderbilt 28

Other Links:

Stadium information
Official Middle Tennessee Site
Scout.com Middle Tennessee Site
Official Vanderbilt Site
Scout.com Vanderbilt Site
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