Head to head: Vanderbilt vs. Miami (Ohio)

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

Vanderbilt
AREA
Miami (Ohio)
COMMENTS
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Vanderbilt rushing offense
vs.
Miami (Ohio) rushing defense
 
Miami statistically has a decent rushing defense but the RedHawks gave up 306 rushing yards to Minnesota and 356 to Colorado. Temple gained 110 in their recent win over Miami. Look for Vandy to establish the run early and go to it often.  
E  
Vanderbilt passing offense
vs.
Miami (Ohio) passing defense
E  
Even. Vanderbilt is 108th nationally in passing offense while Miami is 80th in passing defense. Temple competed 14 of 19 passes for 188 yards last week against Miami. Defensive lineman Joe Coniglio has 11 career solo sacks for the RedHawks. Mackenzi Adams connected on two touchdown passes against a tough South Carolina pass defense so this area could easily swing towards the Commodores. Look for Vanderbilt's Earl Bennett to set the all-time SEC career reception record during this game.  
X  
Miami (Ohio) rushing offense
vs.
Vanderbilt rushing defense
 
Miami cranks out about 142 yards a game on the ground while Vandy gives up about 147. The Commodores held No. 6 USC to 26 yards rushing last week. Miami was held to 56 yards rushing against Temple but gained 262 against Bowling Green in their previous game. Austin Sykes leads the RedHawks in rushing, averaging just 47 yards per game.  
X  
Miami (Ohio) passing offense
vs.
Vanderbilt passing defense
 
Miami gets good passing yardage, averaging 238 per game but the RedHawks have thrown 12 interceptions so far this season and rank 102nd in pass efficiency offense. Quarterback Daniel Raudabaugh completed 33 of 57 passes for 314 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in their recent game with Temple. Vanderbilt ranks 11th nationally in pass defense. Cornerback D.J. Moore has 5 interceptions so far this season for Vandy. So far this season the Commodores have 20 sacks good for 21st best in the nation.  
E  
Special Teams
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Even. Both teams have solid special teams. Vanderbilt gets an edge in kickoff returns and Miami the has the edge in net punting. However, Vanderbilt has been much improved in the net punting category over the past few games. Both kickers are solid and make the majority of their field goals.  
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Coaching
 
Shane Montgomery is in his third season at the helm of the Miami program, owning a 13-18 record. Bobby Johnson's Commodores recorded a near upset of No. 24 Georgia, 17-20, and recently stunned No. 6 South Carolina, 17-6.  

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