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Vanderbilt vs. Georgia: Complete Game Preview

Brian JonesContributor IOctober 16, 2016

Vanderbilt vs. Georgia: Complete Game Preview

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    Athens was jam-packed for the first two Georgia Bulldogs home games this season when they played Buffalo and FAU. On Saturday, Sanford Stadium will be buzzing when the Bulldogs take on Vanderbilt in front of a national audience.

    Last year, the Bulldogs escaped Nashville with a 33-28 win over the Commodores. And at the end of the game, Vandy head coach James Franklin and UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham got into a verbal argument. So, there is a little bad blood between the two teams which will make this game one of the better games on the college football schedule.

     

    Who: Vanderbilt vs. Georgia

    When: Saturday 7:45 p.m.

    Where: Sanford Stadium (92,746)

    TV: ESPN 2

    Radio: Sirius 113, XM 197, Georgia Bulldog Radio Network, Vanderbilt Radio Network

    Internet: ESPN 3, GTV at Georgiadogs.com

Depth Chart for Georgia

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    QB: Aaron Murray, Hutson Mason, Christian LeMay

    RB: Todd Gurley, Ken Malcome, Keith Marshall

    FB: Merritt Hall, Richard Samuel

    FLK: Tavarres King, Rantavious Wooten, Chris Conley

    SE: Marlon Brown, Michael Bennett, Malcolm Mitchell

    TE: Arthur Lynch, Jay Rome

    LT: Kenarious Gates, Mark Beard, Austin Long

    LG: Dallas Lee, Ben Reynolds

    C: David Andrews, Chris Burnette

    RG: Chris Burnette, Greg Pyke

    RT: John Theus, Watts Danztler

     

    DE: Abry Jones, Garrison Smith

    NT: John Jenkins Kwame Geathers

    DE: Cornelius Washington, Ray Drew, Mike Thornton

    OLB: Ramik Wilson, Chase Vasser, Josh Dawson

    OLB: Jarvis Jones, Jordan Jenkins, T.J. Stripling

    ILB: Michael Gilliard, Amarlo Herrera

    ILB: Alec Ogletree, Christian Robinson

    CB: Malcolm Mitchell, Sanders Commings, Devin Bowman

    CB: Branden Smith, Damian Swann

    SS: Shawn Williams, Corey Moore, Josh Harvey Clemons

    FS: Bacarri Rambo, Connor Norman

     

    P: Colin Barber, Adam Erickson

    PK: Marshall Morgan, Jamie Lindley

    PR: Branden Smith, Damian Swann

    KR: Branden Smith, Todd Gurley, Malcolm Mitchell

Depth Chart for Vanderbilt

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    QB: Austyn Carta-Samuels, Jordan Rodgers

    TB: Zac Stacy, Wesley Tate

    FB: Fitz Lassing, Marc Panu

    TE: Steven Scheu, Kris Kentera

    WR: Chris Boyd, John Cole

    WR: Jordan Matthews, Jacquese Kirk

    WR: Jonathan Krause, Josh Grady

    OT: Wesley Johnson, Andrew Jelks

    OG: Ryan Seymour, Adam Butler

    C: Joe Townsend, Spencer Pulley

    OG: Josh Jelesky, Jake Bernstein

    OT: Andrew Bridges, Chase White

     

    DE: Johnell Thomas, Claeb Azibuke

    DT: Rob Lohr, Jared Morse

    NT: Vince Taylor, Colt Nichter, Barron Dixon

    DE: Walker May, Kyle Woestmann

    MLB: Chase Garnham, Kellen Williams

    OLB: Archibald Barnes, Darreon Herring

    OLB: Karl Butler, Larry Franklin

    CB: Andre Hal, Steven Clarke

    SS: Eric Samuels, Jahmel McIntosh

    FS: Javon Marshall, Andrew Williamson

    CB: Trey Wilson, Eddie Foster

    PK: Carey Spear, Ryan Fowler

    P: Richard Kent, Ryan Fowler

    KR: Andre Hall, Brian Kimbrow

    PR: Zac Stacy, Jonathan Krause

What Happened to the Bulldogs Last Week

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    The Bulldogs started off slow against Florida Atlantic, but they cranked it up in the second half and came away with a 59-20 win.

    Aaron Murray had a career game, as he went 14-of-19 for 342 yards (a career high) and two touchdowns. Running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall each rushed for over 100 yards and scored once. Michael Bennett had 110 receiving yards and one touchdown, while Arthur Lynch had 73 receiving yards and a touchdown.

    The Bulldogs set a school record for yards with 713 and put up over 40 points for the third consecutive game, which is the first time in school history the Bulldogs have done that to start the season.

What Happened to the Commodores Last Week

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    After suffering tough losses to South Carolina and Northwestern, Vandy got its first win of the year as they routed Presbyterian 58-0.

    Quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels made his first start as a Commodore and helped the offense put up 605 total yards. Carta-Samuels finished 13-of-20 passing for 195 yards and one touchdown.

    It was the running game that frustrated Presbyterian, as both Zac Stacy and Brian Kimbrow had over 100 rushing yards. Stacy had 174 yards on eight carries, while Kimbrow had 137 yards on 14 carries. Overall, the Commodores rushed for 410 yards, and it’s the largest shutout for them since they blanked The Citadel 58-0 in 1999.

What It Means to Both Teams

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    There’s no question this is an important game for both teams, just like any other SEC game. But Vanderbilt needs to win in order to stay in the SEC East race. The Commodores already lost to South Carolina to start the season and can’t afford to have another conference loss. They would also love to get revenge on Georgia, who narrowly escaped Vandy’s home turf with a win last year.

    Georgia, on the other hand, has to win in order to still remain undefeated as well as stay in the Top Five in the AP poll. Many will say that the Bulldogs have not played anybody, and a win on Saturday will prove to the world that they are the real deal despite Vandy’s early struggles.

    It’s a long season, and Georgia will have time to prove it is worthy of being one of the best teams in the country. But it doesn't want to lose to Vanderbilt, and that’s a fact.

Key Player for the Bulldogs

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    Jarvis Jones will be the player to watch, and not because he will be the best player on the field. He did not play in the FAU game last week because he was nursing a groin injury he suffered against Missouri. He was dressed to play, but the coaches decided to bench the All-American.

    Georgia head coach Mark Richt says he’s hopeful Jones will play. That’s a good thing, because it will need a healthy Jones to stop Vandy’s running game.

Key Player for Vanderbilt

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    Speaking of the run game for Vanderbilt, Zac Stacy is the Commodores' most dangerous threat. He’s coming off a 2011 season where he broke the school rushing record with 1,193 yards. He also broke the team rushing touchdown record with 14 and finished the year as the SEC’s third-leading rusher.

    He is off to a solid start, as he has rushed for 258 yards on 34 carries with one touchdown. But Stacy would love to have a coming-out party against the Bulldogs in Athens.

The Bulldogs Will Win If...

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    The Bulldogs will win if they can keep the momentum going on offense as well as tighten some little things on defense.

    Running backs Marshall, Gulrey and Ken Malcome will have to get going early, which should lead to some big play opportunities for Murray in the passing game. The Bulldogs are going up against a defense that has given up 40 points their first three games, but this will be the best offense the Commodores have faced so far this season.

    On defense, they have to shut down Stacy and make Carta-Samuels make plays with his arm. If they can do that, the Bulldogs should come away with the win.

The Commodores Will Win If...

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    The Commodores will win if they can force the Bulldogs offense to turn the ball over and have Carta-Samuels work a short field.

    The Bulldogs can move the ball, but they have a tendency from time to time to have costly turnovers. If that happens on Saturday, Vandy has to capitalize and score touchdowns, not field goals.

    They also need to hit the Bulldogs defense with Zac Stacy. Georgia has had its issues stopping the run this year, so this could be a good opportunity for the Commodores to have Stacy play huge role in the offense this week.

Prediction

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    Vanderbilt is not having a great start to its 2012 season, but a win against Georgia would put them back on track. Also, it will be a little more motivated than usual after what happened when these two teams played against each other last year.

    The Commodores have talent on both sides of the ball and will be a legit SEC contender down the road. But Georgia has too much talent and depth for the Commodores, and it is playing at a high level on offense.

    Vandy will keep this game competitive, but just like they have in the last three games this season, expect the Bulldogs to pull away at the end of the game and come away with their fourth win of the year.

    FINAL SCORE: Georgia 35, Vanderbilt 17

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