Vanderbilt vs. Georgia: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Radio, Game Time and More

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent ISeptember 18, 2012

Georgia ROV Tra Battle drills Vanderbilt WR Marion White after his reception during the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Vanderbilt Commodores at Sanford Stadium in Athens, GA on October 14, 2006. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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The Georgia Bulldogs will put their 3-0 record and No. 5 ranking in the AP poll on the line as they host SEC rival Vanderbilt on Saturday.

Georgia has not had the toughest schedule, but they have still looked impressive while beating Buffalo, Missouri and Florida Atlantic by the combined score of 142-63. Their closest margin of victory came in their second game, a 41-20 win over Missouri. 

Meanwhile, Vanderbilt is off to a bit of a disappointing start after losing their first two games, which were against South Carolina and Northwestern. 

They got things going in a big way last week, albeit against a weak opponent, with a 58-0 trouncing of Presbyterian. 

The Bulldogs are justifiably a big favorite in this game. Look for all the vitals of this matchup below.  


Where: Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia

When: Saturday, September 22 at 7:45 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN2  

Live Stream: ESPN3

Listen: Vanderbilt radio network, Georgia radio network 

Betting Line: Georgia -15.5 (according to Bet Online on Sept. 17)


Key Storyline: Boiling over emotions 

After a Georgia-Vanderbilt game last year, that the Bulldogs won 33-28, which featured big hits, some of which were of a questionable nature, Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and Vanderbilt coach James Franklin got into a shouting match in an on-field, postgame exchange.

While neither coach is likely to admit there is a surplus of bad blood after last year's contest, there is a good chance they have brought it up with their teams. It will be fun to see how it all plays out. 


Who Might Not Play for Vanderbilt

*Injury information according to the USA Today as of Sept. 17. Click the link for updated info. 

Questionable: S Kenny Ladler (undisclosed)


Who Might Not Play for Georgia

*Injury information according to the USA Today as of Sept. 17. Click the link for updated info. 

Out: T Kolton Houston (eligibility), LB Alec Ogletree (poss. suspension), S Bacarri Rambo (poss. suspension)

Questionable: LB Jarvis Jones (groin), OL Watts Dantzler (ankle)


What They're Saying

The Athens Banner-Herald's Marc Weiszer gives us a look at the emotions which will be at play when these two take the field. 

Ever since Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and Vanderbilt coach James Franklin exchanged fiery words on the field after the Bulldogs’ 33-28 win in Nashville last season, this game was underlined on the schedule for both teams.

“Everyone saw what happened at the end of that game, and I’m sure those guys are ready to play, and so are we,” Georgia defensive back Sanders Commings said. “It should be a pretty emotional game.”

Commings noted some hits that were “questionable by both sides,” in the game. Georgia’s Shawn Williams and Kwame Geathers and Vanderbilt’s Logan Stewart all drew half-game suspensions.

Franklin took issue with what he said was Williams talking trash after the game. He pointed at the Georgia safety and Grantham came to the defense of Williams.

“I love my players and I’m going to support my players,” Grantham said after the game.

Vanderbilt Player to Watch: RB Zac Stacy

Senior running back Zac Stacy got off to a slow start while he tries to follow up his 1,193 rushing yard performance from last season. 

The first two games of the year, he totaled just 84 yards on 24 carries. However, last week, he put his explosiveness on full display as he went for 174 yards on just eight carries. 

Stacy will have a hard time finding holes against the tough Bulldogs' defense, but it will only take one hole for him to bust off a game-changing run. 


Georgia Player to Watch: QB Aaron Murray

Murray is off to a blazing start. The junior has posted a QB rating of 180.2 this season. He has thrown for 842 yards on just 84 attempts while hitting 63.8 percent of his passes. He also has the impressive touchdown-to-interception ratio of 8-to-2. 

Vanderbilt is going to have to knock Murray off of his rhythm, or they will be in for a long day. 


Key Matchup: Vanderbilt's Rush Offense vs. Georgia's Rush Defense

If Vanderbilt wants to be in a position to win this one, they are going to have to find some success on the ground. They have a stronger run game than pass game to begin with, and it will also help keep their defense fresh.

This is going to be no easy task against Georgia. The Bulldogs had a tremendous rush defense last year, and they are picking up where they left off having allowed just 3.6 yards per carry this season. 


Prediction: Georgia 38, Vanderbilt 20

Georgia is too talented and well-rounded. I expect this one to be close starting the second half, but Georgia will begin to wear down and overwhelm Vanderbilt.