Head to head: Vanderbilt vs. Kentucky

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

Vanderbilt
AREA
Kentucky
COMMENTS
X  
Vanderbilt rushing offense
vs.
Kentucky rushing defense
 
The Kentucky defense, led by linebacker Wesley Woodard, is allowing 192 yards a game on the ground. Vanderbilt gains almost 157 yards per game but has moved the ball well on teams with shaky rushing defenses. The Commodores gained 290 in a recent win over Miami(Ohio).  
 
Vanderbilt passing offense
vs.
Kentucky passing defense
X  
Kentucky allows just 190 passing yards per game on average and is rated 20th in the nation in passing defense. Vanderbilt gains just 161 yards per game through the air on average, good for 110th out of 120 bowl subdivision teams. Vanderbilt wide receiver Earl Bennett is the SEC's all time leader in career receptions with 220.  
E  
Kentucky rushing offense
vs.
Vanderbilt rushing defense
E  
Even. Kentucky running back Rafael Little has 2,665 career rushing yards. Kentucky gains 176 yards per game on the ground. Vanderbilt's defense, led by linebacker Jonathan Goff, holds opponents to an average of 128 yards per game.  
E  
Kentucky passing offense
vs.
Vanderbilt passing defense
E  
Even. Like Florida, Kentucky has an explosive passing offense and puts 274 yards per game. Quarterback Andre Woodson rarely throws an interception and is a threat both through the air and on the ground. Woodson needs just 353 passing yards to tie Tim Couch (8,435) for second place on the school's all-time list. Vanderbilt is no slouch in the passing defense. The Commodores are ranked No. 25 nationally in that category despite being torched by Tim Tebow and Florida last week.  
E  
Special Teams
E  
Even. Kentucky kicker Lones Seiber has connected on 11 of 15 field goals this season. Vanderbilt's Bryant Hahnfeldt has also booted true on 11 of 15 field goals. Both teams have solid return teams but Vanderbilt gets a slight edge. Kentucky has a better net punting average but Vanderbilt's has steadily improved since the Commodores' opener.  
 
Coaching
X  
Kentucky head coach Rich Brooks is in his 23rd year as a college head coach. His overall record is 114-142-4. Bobby Johnson is 80-83 in 14 years as a head coach. Brooks leads 3-1 in games he has coached against Johnson.  

VandyMania.com Top Stories