Head to head: Vanderbilt vs. Eastern Michigan

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

Eastern Michigan
Vanderbilt rushing offense
Eastern Michigan rushing defense
Eastern Michigan is giving up 181 yards a game on the ground. Linebacker Daniel Holtzclaw is averaging 12 tackles a game for the Eagles. Vandy's Cassen Jackson-Garrison had 111 yards rushing last week against Ole Miss. Expect the Commodore offensive line to overwhelm EMU's defensive line.  
Vanderbilt passing offense
Eastern Michigan passing defense
The Eagles give up over 200 yards through the air. Vandy wide receiver Earl Bennett is on a pace to break the all-time SEC receiving record soon. In three games Chris Nickson has passed for 551 yards and 4 touchdowns for Vanderbilt.  
Eastern Michigan rushing offense
Vanderbilt rushing defense
EMU is 90th nationally in total rushing offense. Runningback Pierre Walker is the Eagles' top ground gainer. He rushed for 52 yards in EMU's recent victory over Howard. Vandy, led by All-SEC linebacker Jonathan Goff, is 54th nationally in rushing defense.  
Eastern Michigan passing offense
Vanderbilt passing defense
EMU's struggling pass attack is led by quarterback Andy Schmitt who has over 600 total yards passing in 4 games. Vanderbilt is 23rd nationally in pass efficiency defense.  
Special Teams
Even. EMU's is 5th nationally in net punting at almost 41 yards a game. Vanderbilt showed improvement in punting against Ole Miss but is still ranked 116th in the category. Vanderbilt's Bryant Hahnfeldt has made 4 of 6 field goals this season. EMU's Sean Dutcher has made just 2 of 5 attempts.  
Jeff Genyk is in his 4th season at EMU with a 11-27 record. Bobby Johnson of Vanderbilt has is in his 14th year of head coaching with a 77-80 overall record.  

Vanderbilt 45
Eastern Mich. 9

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