Vanderbilt vs. LSU preview/ prediction

The SEC East leading Vanderbilt Commodores host the tough LSU Tigers on Saturday night. Vanderbilt is hoping to maintain their undefeated SEC record while the Tigers hope to get their conference record above .500 for the first time this season.


Vanderbilt

VS.


LSU

SiteVanderbilt Stadium (39,773), Nashville, Tenn.
Date/TimeOctober 8, 2005, 6:00 PM CST
TelevisionESPN2
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
.LSUVanderbilt
NicknameTigersCommodores
ColorsPurple and GoldBlack and Gold
Enrollment31,2346,272
ConferenceSEC West SEC East
Head CoachLes MilesBobby Johnson
Coach's career record29-22 (2-1 at LSU)70-66 (10-30 at VU)
Record last year9-32-9
Returning offensive starters76
Returning defensive starters66
Base offenseMultiple2-Back, Multi-set
Base defense4-34-3
Series Information
Series RecordLSU leads, 19-7-1
First Meeting1910, VU 22-0
Last Meeting2004, LSU 24-7

LSU Schedule
Sept. 3 North Texas, PP
Sept. 10 at Arizona State, W 35-31
Sept. 24 Tennessee, L 30-27 (OT)
Oct. 1 at Mississippi State, W 37-7
Oct. 8 at Vanderbilt
Oct. 15 Florida
Oct. 22 Auburn
Nov. 5 Appalachian State
Nov. 12 at Alabama
Nov. 19 at Ole Miss
Nov. 26 Arkansas
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 37-14
Oct. 1 Middle Tennessee, L 17-15
Oct. 8 LSU
Oct. 15 Georgia
Oct. 22 at South Carolina
Nov. 5 at Florida
Nov. 12 Kentucky
Nov. 19 at Tennessee



Projected LSU Starters

OFFENSE

WR 3 Craig Davis 6-2 199 Jr.
LT 76 Andrew Whitworth (6-7, 322 Sr.)
LG 74 Brett Helms (6-2, 290 Fr.)
C 64 Rudy Niswanger (6-6, 296 Sr.)
RG 71 Nate Livings (6-5, 310 Sr.)
RT 75 Brian Johnson (6-4, 297 Jr.)
TE 82 David Jones (6-4, 266 Sr.)
Z 80 Dwayne Bowe (6-3, 217 Jr.)
QB 4 JaMarcus Russell (6-6, 252 So.)
RB 10 Joseph Addai (6-0, 214 Sr.)
FB 44 Kevin Steltz (5-9, 240 Sr.)
DEFENSE

LE 90 Melvin Oliver (6-3, 277 Sr.)
LT 98 Claude Wroten (6-3, 290 Sr.)
RT 95 Kyle Williams (6-2, 295 Sr.)
RE 94 Chase Pittman (6-4, 265 Jr.)
Sam 56 Kenneth Hollis (6-0, 225 Sr.)
Mike 46 Cameron Vaughn (6-4, 237 Sr.)
Will 7 Ali Highsmith (6-1, 226 So.)
LCB 8 Ronnie Prude (6-0, 180 Sr.)
SS 31 Jessie Daniels (5-11, 203 Jr.)
FS 30 LaRon Landry (6-2, 204 Jr.)
RCB 21 Chevis Jackson (6-0, 189 So.)

LSU Roster

Projected Vanderbilt Starters

OFFENSE

WR 2 Erik Davis (6-1, 192 Sr.)
WR 82 Marlon White (6-4, 205 Jr.)
QB 6 Jay Cutler (6-4, 228 Sr.)
TB 21 Jeff Jennings (6-1, 228 So.)
or
22 Cassen Jackson (6-1, 220 So.)
28 Zach Logan (6-1, 234, Fr.)
LT 62 Ryan King (6-7, 315 Sr.)
LG 74 Chris Williams (6-7, 307, So.)
or
64 Merritt Kirchoffer (6-5, 315 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.)
SS 33 Reshard Langford (6-2, 215 Fr.)
FS 12 Kelechi Ohanaja (6-1, 192 Sr.)
or
25 Ben Koger (6-0, 196 Jr.)
CB 14 Josh Allen (5-9, 174 Fr.)

Vanderbilt Roster

Statistics Comparision

CategoryVandyLSU
Scoring Offense 27.033.0
Scoring Defense 19.4 22.7
Total Offense 442.6 364.0
Rushing Offense 164.8 156.0
Passing Offense 277.8 208.0
Total Defense 363.6369.7
Rushing Defense 148.6 75.0
Passing Defense 215.0 294.7

VandyMania Prediction

Eleventh ranked LSU comes to Nashville heavily favored and with good reason. The Tigers are big and physical with super speed and ability. They've got a victory over a very good Arizona State team and should have beaten Tennessee on that Monday night. This game matches the second winningest team in the SEC over the last 5 years (LSU, 49-17) against the last place Vanderbilt (15-47). This game will serve as a good barometer to see how far the Vandy program has come under Bobby Johnson. While it is certainly possible that Vanderbilt could upset LSU, expect a fairly close game but a Tiger victory.

LSU 28
Vanderbilt 17

Other Links:

Stadium information
Official LSU Site
Scout.com LSU Site
Official Vanderbilt Site
Scout.com Vanderbilt Site
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