Vanderbilt-Auburn: Commodores Will Make History With Win Over Tigers

c dockensCorrespondent IOctober 3, 2008

Auburn (4-1) travels to Nashville to take on Bobby Johnson's undefeated (4-0) Vanderbilt Commodores. Vanderbilt hasn't beaten Auburn since the 1955 Gator Bowl and hasn't started the season 5-0 since 1943, but that is all about to change.

Vanderbilt has many factors in its favor. To begin with, Vandy has averaged +2.25 turnovers a game. Through four games this year Vanderbilt has nine more takeaways than giveaways, and in a conference like the SEC that is unimaginable.

The Commodores' ability to force turnovers, and then turn them into points, gives them an edge in this matchup.

Not only does Vandy force turnovers, they commit little if any turnovers. So far this season, Commodore quarterback Chris Nickson has thrown no interceptions, and phenom running back Jared Hawkins has not fumbled either. It is apparent that Bobby Johnson has taught his team the importance of securing the football.

They are playing mistake free football in Nashville as they have been penalized just 11 times so far this season. Vanderbilt's 11 penalties are less than Auburn's 12 penalties in one game, on their way to averaging almost seven penalties a game.

The lingering question on so many minds is whether Vandy's defense stops Auburn's anemic offense. The Tigers are back to their War Eagle Offense after being plagued with offensive struggles. Is Vanderbilt up to the challenge of shutting down Auburn's offense? I believe they are.

There is no doubt this will be a typical SEC defensive game—a game that will have fans sitting nervously, filled with anticipation down to the final seconds. Vanderbilt will get a historic win, 17-14 over the Auburn Tigers.