Army vs. Vanderbilt: How the Black Knights Can Upset the Commodores

Vance PennCorrespondent IOctober 21, 2011

When 2-4 Army and 3-3 Vanderbilt kick off on Saturday, the two teams will be determined to take advantage of each other's weaknesses.

Army is coming off of a bye week, and is hoping to string together four wins to again be bowl-eligible by season's end. The Black Knights defense is allowing nearly 30 points per game, 250 yards passing per game and 200 yards rushing. Both stats rank low in D-1 football.

But Army's triple-option offense, ranked first in rushing in D-1 football, must control the clock, keep the Commodores confused on defense, and throw in a pass or two to keep the defense honest.

Vanderbilt is coming off of three straight losses and is also hoping to go bowling this season. The Commodores hope that junior-college transfer QB Jordan Rodgers will get Vanderbilt a win before they return to SEC play.

The Commodores are scoring almost 22 points per game, passing for only 130 yards per game and rushing for 200 yards per game. However, the combination of having a new QB and of losing their starting center, Logan Stewart, for the first half of the game after being suspended by the SEC for an illegal block against Georgia, will definitely hurt Vanderbilt's rhythm early.

Both teams came up short, but close, in their last outing. If the Black Knights are to win, they have to control time of possession, and thanks to a thin defense, must simply outscore their opponents. They must also quickly cause confusion for the Commodores' new QB and center.

However, if Vanderbilt gets the passing game going early, Army may very well be in for a long day.

My prediction: Army 31, Vanderbilt 27