Nik's Commodore Keys – Georgia

After a disappointing loss to Mississippi State, the Vanderbilt Commodores (5-1, 3-1 SEC) will try to rebound against the tenth ranked Georgia Bulldogs (5-1, 3-1 SEC). This will be a tough test, as the Commodores try to ruin Georgia's homecoming once again. So, what do the Dores need to do to become bowl-eligible for the first time since 1982.

No-show

One of the biggest keys for the Commodores will be limiting Georgia all-American running back Knowshon Moreno.  Moreno has been key to Georgia's success this year, and if Vanderbilt can make Georgia one-dimensional then they should have a good chance at coming out of Athens with a win.   Moreno is a very good tailback that can make moves if he is able to get into open space.  Vandy must contain him.  It is necessary that they do not let him get outside, but that they force him to run up the middle.  Defensive ends Broderick Stewart and Steven Stone are going to need to contain him in order for Vanderbilt to win.  Vanderbilt needs to take care of Moreno and force Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford to win this game.  If Vanderbilt is going to win, they need to make Georgia one dimensional, and containing Moreno is a good way to start.

Cherry-Picking

Vandy must force Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford to throw interceptions.  Myron Lewis's pick sealed the Auburn victory for the Commodores, and D.J. Moore is an all-SEC cornerback.  Vandy has got to force turnovers to win this game.  They must intercept Stafford.  Vanderbilt must take away big plays, and stopping an all-SEC quarterback will be difficult, but could also allow Vanderbilt to win this game.  Stafford has not had outstanding games against Vanderbilt, which have been close games.  Vandy must limit his damage in order to win the game.  Vanderbilt cannot give up a lot of points if they are going to win this game.

Offense?

Vanderbilt struggled against Mississippi State on the offensive side of the ball.  They turned the ball over, amassed little yards, blew assignments, and could not run the football.  Enter Mackenzie Adams.  Adams led the Commodores to a touchdown that put Vanderbilt in a position to win the football game, but the Dores could not put up another score to win in Starkville.  Vanderbilt must put up points on Georgia, and much of that responsibility will fall onto the shoulders of Junior quarterback Mackenzi Adams, who won the Auburn game, and put up the only real offensive numbers against Mississippi State.  He is an essential piece if the Commodores want to pull the upset, as will the rest of the offense including Jared Hawkins and Sean Walker.  If George Smith could get back to his old form, he would be a valuable asset.  Either way, Vandy has got to put up points if they want to win their second consecutive game against the Bulldogs between the hedges.

History

Last Meeting: Georgia 20 Vanderbilt 17

Last Meeting in Athens: Vanderbilt 24 Georgia 22

Series History: Georgia leads all-time series 48-18-2, including a 26-7 advantage at home.  Bobby Johnson (85-87 all-time, 25-51 at Vanderbilt) is 1-5 against Georgia head coach Mark Richt (76-20 all-time, Georgia is his only head coaching position).  Richt is 8-1 against Vanderbilt, with the lone loss coming against Bobby Johnson's 2006 Commodore team.


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