Head to head: Vanderbilt vs. Wake Forest

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

Vanderbilt
AREA
Wake Forest
COMMENTS
 
Vanderbilt rushing offense
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Wake Forest rushing defense
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Wake Forest gets the edge here. Vanderbilt gains 140 yards a game on offense (67th nationally), however, the Commodores will be missing starting tailback Jared Hawkins. Jeff Jennings will fill in for Hawkins. Jennings is no stranger to Groves Stadium, he scored two touchdowns there in 2005. Wake Forest, like Tennessee and Mississippi State, has a very good rushing defense that should cause Vandy problems. NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper has Demon Deacon linebacker Aaron Curry pegged as the No. 1 draft pick in the next draft.  
 
Vanderbilt passing offense
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Wake Forest passing defense
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112 out of 119 teams nationally have more productive passing offenses than Vanderbilt. Meanwhile Wake Forest has a solid passing defense and allows just 188 yards a game through the air on average.  
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Wake Forest rushing offense
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Vanderbilt rushing defense
 
Wake Forest has the nation's 104th ranked rushing attack. Duke by contrast, who has played a lot of the same opponents Wake has, gained just 28 yards rushing against Vandy. Brandon Pendergrass is the Deacons top rushing threat. He averages about 48 yards a game rushing. Vandy is No. 63 in rushing defense and gives up about 144 yards a game. Linebackers Patrick Benoist and Chris Marve pace the Vanderbilt defense.  
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Wake Forest passing offense
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Vanderbilt passing defense
 
Riley Skinner is one of the most accurate passers in college football. However, he has not had the kind of support this season as he has in the past. Deacon wide receivers are young and inexperienced so Wake's passing offense has dwindled to 84th in the nation. Vanderbilt's passing defense, led by corner D.J. Moore, is 16th in the nation, however, the loss of defensive end Broderick Stewart could adversley affect the Commodore passing defense.  
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Special Teams
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Vanderbilt kicker Bryant Hahnfeldt has made 9 of 13 field goals this season and 42 of 68 on attempts for his career. He made his first career field goal at Wake Forest in 2005. Sam Swank of Wake Forest connected on 10 of 14 kicks this season. He missed six games with an injury but saw action in the Boston College game. Swank has made an impressive 70 of 90 kick attempts during his career. The remainding special teams areas are about equal. Vanderbilt is strongest in punt returns while Wake excels with their punting game.  
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Coaching
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Two of the class acts in college football will be on opposite sidelines on Saturday. Jim Grobe is 52-44 in his eighth season in Winston-Salem. Vanderbilt's Bobby Johnson is 26-55 in his seventh season. Johnson and Grobe are 1-1 versus each other.  

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