Head to head: Vanderbilt vs. Auburn

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

Vanderbilt
AREA
Auburn
COMMENTS
E  
Vanderbilt rushing offense
vs.
Auburn rushing defense
E  
Even. Auburn's rushing defense has been spotty holding Kansas State to 51 total rushing yards but allowing Mississippi State 192. Last week the Tigers held Florida to just 111 total rushing yards. The Vanderbilt rushing offense has also been spotty as well, gaining only 57 yards against Alabama but then cranking out 183 yards against Ole Miss.  
E  
Vanderbilt passing offense
vs.
Auburn passing defense
E  
Even. The Tigers have a solid pass defense led by defensive back Jonathan Wilhite. Vanderbilt's passing offense is also solid. The Commodore's veteran offensive line is starting to jell and Earl Bennett is one of the best receivers in SEC history.  
E  
Auburn rushing offense
vs.
Vanderbilt rushing defense
E  
Even. Vanderbilt's rushing defense, led by Jonathan Goff, recently held Ole Miss' BenJarvus Green-Ellis to just 69 yards rushing in 21 carries. However, Alabama's Terry Grant ripped the VU defense for 173 yards earlier in the season. Auburn's running game is led by Ben Tate. Tate ran for 111 yards in a recent win over New Mexico State. Redshirt freshman Mario Fannin is an emerging back for the Tigers who has a bright future ahead of him.  
X  
Auburn passing offense
vs.
Vanderbilt passing defense
 
So far this season Auburn has performed poorly in the passing attack and ranks near the bottom of the NCAA in passing efficiency. Vanderbilt's passing defense has been a bright spot in the Commodore defense. D.J. Moore, Ryan Hamilton and Reshard Langford have played well and made it tough on opposing quarterbacks. Vandy's speedy defensive line is putting improved heat on opposing quarterbacks.  
 
Special Teams
X  
Both Auburn and Vandy have decent kickoff return, punt return and field goal kicking teams. Auburn gets the edge here because of their superior punting team. Vandy ranks near the bottom of the NCAA in net punting while the Tigers rank in the top 20 nationally in the category.  
 
Coaching
X  
This one is close, both coaches are similar. Tommy Tuberville is 74-31 in 9 years at Auburn. He led the Tigers to a 13-0 record in 2004. Bobby Johnson is in his sixth year at Vanderbilt and has significantly improved the talent level of the Commodores. Over the past three seasons he has coched his team to road wins over Georgia, Tennessee and Arkansas.  

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