Vanderbilt-Tennessee preview/ prediction

The Vanderbilt Commodores close out their 2006 football season on Saturday (11:30 AM, Lincoln Financial) when they host the Tennessee Volunteers. Here is everything you need to know about the game along with a prediction.


Vanderbilt

VS.


Tennessee

SiteVanderbilt Stadium (39,773), Nashville, Tenn.
Date/TimeNovember 18, 2006, 11:30 a.m. CST
TelevisionLincoln Financial
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
Internet LINK
Sirius Radio Channel 121
General School/ Team Information
.TennesseeVanderbilt
NicknameVolunteersCommodores
ColorsOrange and WhiteBlack and Gold
Enrollment25,2446,272
ConferenceSEC East SEC East
Head CoachPhil FulmerBobby Johnson
Coach's career record135-40 (135-40 at Tennessee)75-78 (15-42 at VU)
Record7-34-7
Base offenseMultipleMulti-set
Base defense4-34-3
Series Information
Series RecordUT leads, 28-67-5
First Meeting1892, VU 12-0
Last Meeting2005, VU 28-24

Tennessee Schedule

Sep 2 California, W 35-18
Sep 9 Air Force, W 31-30
Sep 16 Florida, L 21-20
Sep 23 Marshall, W 33-7
Sep 30 at Memphis, W 41-7
Oct 7 at Georgia, W 51-33
Oct 21 Alabama, W 16-13
Oct 28 at South Carolina, W 31-24
Nov 4 LSU, L 28-24
Nov 11 at Arkansas, L 31-14
Nov 18 at Vanderbilt
Nov 25 Kentucky
Vanderbilt Schedule

Sep 2 at Michigan, L 27-7
Sep 9 at Alabama, L 13-10
Sep 16 Arkansas, L 21-19
Sep 23 TSU, W 38-9
Sep 30 Temple, W 43-14
Oct 7 at Mississippi, L 17-10
Oct 14 at Georgia, W 24-22
Oct 21 South Carolina, L 31-13
Oct 28 at Duke, W 45-28
Nov 4 Florida, L 25-19
Nov 11 at Kentucky, L 38-26
Nov 18 Tennessee



Projected Tennessee Starters

OFFENSE

TE 28 Chris Brown (6-3 250, Jr.)
TE 86 Brad Cottam (6-8 260, Jr.)
LT 76 Arron Sears (6-4 320, Sr.)
LG 66 David Ligon (6-5 300, Sr.)
C 50 Josh McNeil (6-4 290, Fr.)
RG 75 Anthony Parker (6-3 305, So.)
RT 54 Eric Young (6-4 310, Jr.)
WR 01 Jayson Swain (6-1 205, Sr.)
WR 03 Robert Meachem (6-3 210, Jr.)
WR 09 Bret Smith (6-3 190, Sr.)
QB 10 Erik Ainge (6-6 220, Jr.)
TB 02 Montario Hardesty (6-0 205, Fr.)
FB 45 Cory Anderson (6-3 255, Sr.)
PK 25 James Wilhoit (5-10 195, Sr.)
DEFENSE

LE 93 Xavier Mitchell (6-2 252, Jr.)
LT 90 Turk McBride (6-4 275, Sr.)
RT 68 Matt McGlothlin (6-0 290, Sr.)
RE 89 Antonio Reynolds ( 6-3 260, Jr.)
LB 39 Ryan Karl (6-0 225, Jr.)
LB 40 Marvin Mitchell (6-3 235, Sr.)
LB 07 Jerod Mayo (6-2 230, So.)
CB 24 Antwan Stewart (6-0 195, Sr.)
CB 04 Jonathan Wade (6-0 195, Sr.)
FS 33 Jonathan Hefney (5-9 185, Jr.)
SS 20 Demetrice Morley (6-2 195, So.)
P 47 Britton Colquitt (6-3 198, So.)


Tennessee Roster

Projected Vanderbilt Starters

OFFENSE

WR 88 George Smith (6-3 195, So.)
WR 82 Marlon White (6-4 205, Sr.)
WR 10 Earl Bennett (6-1 200, So.)
QB 03 Chris Nickson (6-1 210, So.)
TB 22 Cassen Jackson-Gsn (6-1 225, Jr.)
LT 74 Chris Williams (6-7 315, So.)
LG 78 Josh Eames (6-5 305, Jr.)
C 53 Hamilton Holliday (6-3 295, Jr.)
RG 65 Mac Pyle (6-5 315, Sr.)
RT 55 Elliot Hood (6-5 300, Jr.)
TE 83 Brad Allen (6-4 240, So.)
PK 08 Bryant Hahnfeldt (5-11 185, So.)
DEFENSE

DE 46 Chris Booker (6-4 252, Sr.)
DT 94 Ray Brown (6-3 305, Sr.)
DT 54 Theo Horrocks(6-4 290, Jr.)
DE 48 Curtis Gatewood (6-3 230, Jr.)
LB 40 Kevin Joyce (6-3 220, Sr.)
LB 47 Jonathan Goff (6-4 240, Jr.)
LB 49 Marcus Buggs (5-11 230, Jr.)
CB 14 Josh Allen (5-9 182, So.)
SS 33 Reshard Langford (6-2 218, So.)
FS 2 Ryan Hamilton (6-2 210, Fr.)
CB 29 Joel Caldwell (6-0 185, Fr.)
P 39 Brett Upson (5-11 180, Fr.)

Vanderbilt Roster

Statistics Comparision

CategoryVandyUT
Scoring Offense 23.0929.60
Scoring Defense 22.2721.20
Total Offense363.09372.70
Rushing Offense 153.27106.20
Passing Offense209.82266.50
Total Defense345.45325.00
Rushing Defense 155.36148.70
Passing Defense 190.09176.30

Complete Statistical Comparison

VandyMania Prediction

Expect a close game with a decent amount of scoring. This one is simple; the Vols will have their top quarterback back after a two-game absence. Ainge is a great quarterback who has led the Vols to an incredible 50% third down conversion rate compared to Vandy's 33%. Vandy's Nickson has improved steadily as the season has progressed but he's still not as reliable as Ainge. Vanderbilt's special teams are in disarray and have gotten worse as the season has progressed and are almost certain to give UT a score or two.

Tennessee 31
Vanderbilt 20

Other Links:

Vanderbilt Stadium information
Official Tennessee Site
Scout.com Tennessee Site
Official Vanderbilt Site
Scout.com Vanderbilt Site
Nashville Weather Forecast



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