Head to head: Vanderbilt vs. Alabama

Next up for Vanderbilt is Alabama. VandyMania.com compares different critical team areas of Vanderbilt and Alabama and indicates which team has the edge.

Vanderbilt rushing offense
Alabama rushing defense
Vanderbilt's veteran offensive line and stable of running backs should have the edge here. Senior defensive end Wallace Gilberry leads the Tide defensive line. He received preseason All-SEC honors from Lindys, Athlon and Phil Steel.  
Vanderbilt passing offense
Alabama passing defense
A veteran offensive line plus the Chris Nickson to Earl Bennett connection equals a Vandy edge here. Free safety Rashad Johnson is the man to watch out for in the Crimson Tide secondary.  
Alabama rushing offense
Vanderbilt rushing defense
Tide runningback Terry Grant picked up 134 yards in his college opener. Alabama has a good offensive line, led by senior Antoine Caldwell. Vandy's defensive line is improved but just not there yet.  
Alabama passing offense
Vanderbilt passing defense
Last week Vanderbilt had problems early stopping Richmond's passing attack. Bama QB John Parker Wilson is an oustanding signal caller that can hurt you. D.J. Moore and Darlron Spead lead the Vanderbilt secondary.  
Special Teams
Both teams have special teams concerns. Last week Vandy gave up a long scoring kickoff return. Alabama has got serious concerns with their placekicking. Slight Vandy edge here because of Bryant Hahnfeldt who has won big games for Vandy with his toe. Hahnfeldt is also an outstanding tackler who, unfortunately for the Commodores, gets lots of shots at the opponents return men.  
Bobby Johnson is a good coach who runs a clean program. He has rebuilt Vanderbilt from being a conference doormat to a solid team that has won at Arkansas, Tennessee and Georgia over the past two years. Nick Sabin is the highest paid head coach in college football. There is a reason for that.  


Vanderbilt 24
Alabama 23

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