Head to Head: Vanderbilt vs. Georgia

Next up for Vanderbilt is Georgia. Vandy will be looking to win their first SEC game of the season. VandyMania.com compares different critical team areas of Vanderbilt and Georgia and indicates which team has the edge. We also make a prediction on the score.

VANDERBILT
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AREA
Georgia
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COMMENTS
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Vanderbilt rushing offense
vs.
Georgia rushing defense
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Even, This game pits the nation's No. 31 rushing offense (VU) against the No. 53 rushing defense. Vanderbilt is led by freshmen running backs Warren Norman and Zac Stacy who average 122 combined yards per game. Bulldog linebacker Rennie Curran leads the SEC in tackles with 63.  
EVEN  
Vanderbilt passing offense
vs.
Georgia passing defense
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Two struggling units will face off on Saturday at Vanderbilt Stadium. Vanderbilt sports the nation's 114th rated passing offense, averaging only 147 yards a game. Meanwhile, Georgia's passing defense is rated 97th and allows almost 250 yards per contest. Vanderbilt Larry Smith has only completed 46 percent of his passes for an average of 141 yards a game. Smith has thrown six interceptions and only 2 touchdowns. John Cole is Vandy's top receiver. He has 17 receptions despite missing one game due to a broken hand (which is still broken). Georgia's passing defense, by contrast, has given up 14 touchdown passes while intercepting only 4 passes. Defensive backs Bacarri Rambo and Brandon Boykin each have two of those picks.  
EVEN  
Georgia rushing offense
vs.
Vanderbilt rushing defense
EVEN  
Georgia's rushing offense and Vandy's rushing defense provides us with a two more struggling units. This match-up pits the No. 104 rushing offense of Georgia versus the No. 90 rushing defense of Vandy. The Bulldogs are led by running back Richard Samuel who averages 52 yards per game. Georgia also has freshman fullback Washaun Ealey who ran for 18 yards versus Tennessee last week. Ealey has only played in two games the season the other being the loss to LSU two weeks ago; he rushed for 33 yards in 8 carries in that game. Vanderbilt's run defense is led by linebackers Chris Marve and Patrick Benoist.  
EVEN  
Georgia passing offense
vs.
Vanderbilt passing defense
EVEN  
Wow, another even match-up but this one is leaning towards Vanderbilt. Georgia's passing offense is sound; they are led by Joe Cox who has 1,300 yards passing already this season for 11 scores and only 8 interceptions. A.J. Green has 38 receptions this season and is one of the nation's top receivers. Vanderbilt has the nation's second leading passing defense. Last week they held Army to under 50 yards passing last week but then again, Army rarely passes. Ole Miss put 237 yards on them the week prior.  
Special Teams
 
Clear Georgia edge here. Drew Butler, who averages almost 50 yards per punt, is the nation's leading punter. Vandy's Brett Upson is solid too but averages almost 8 yards less per punt. Georgia is also No. 1 in net punting at 44 yards per punt while Vandy lags at No. 109 (32 ypp). Blair Walsh is a solid kicker as well. He's made 8-of-9 so far this season, two of which were from over 50 yards. Vandy's Ryan Fowler has made 7-of-11 field goals including a 41 yarder last week at Army that sent the game into overtime. Interestingly, Vanderbilt opponents are 11-of-11 on field goals versus the 'Dores this season. Both Vanderbilt and Georgia have solid return men in Warren Norman (VU) and Brandon Boykin (UG). Both of those average well over 20 yards per return and have touchdowns on returns.  
 
Coaching
 
Both Bobby Johnson and Mark Richt are both class acts. Johnson built Vanderbilt into a bowl team after seven years but has never been able to get a productive offense going other than during Jay Cutler's senior year. Richt has the Bulldogs in a bowl every year.  
EVEN  
Intangibles
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It's a home game for Vandy but they'll be plenty of Black and Red in the stadium to make the Bulldogs feel at home. Both teams are coming off of bad games and want to get things back on track. Vanderbilt, with many of their players from Georgia, should be bouncing off the walls for this one while Georgia could be less enthusiastic about this game.  


PREDICTION: Georgia 21, Vanderbilt 10

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