What’s Vanderbilt going to do this season? What’s going to happen in each game and how will the 2016 Commodores’ football schedule play out?
2016 Vanderbilt Commodores Schedule Breakdown
Get ready for another rough year for the Vanderbilt offense, but can the defense come up with another gem to come up with a better season? Check out the preseason predictions for every game.
Sept. 3 vs. South Carolina
It might not be the most scintillating of showdowns, but it’ll be close and – for those who dig defensive football – entertaining. Vanderbilt will be solid, but it’ll settle for field goals instead of touchdowns in too many key moments.
Preseason Prediction: South Carolina 20, Vanderbilt 16
Sept. 10 vs. Middle Tennessee
It’ll be a win, but it’ll take everything in the Commodores bag to get through with a win over one of the best teams in Conference USA. If the Blue Raiders come up with a few early scores and put the pressure on, this will be a fight. Vandy will get the ground game going just enough to survive.
Preseason Prediction: Vanderbilt 27, Middle Tennessee 23
Sept. 17 at Georgia Tech
The Commodore defense is set up to slow down the Georgia Tech option attack, but it’ll have problems on just enough drives to get hit with a tough loss. Like the South Carolina game, Vandy will have its shot at scores, and it’ll come up short in key moments.
Preseason Prediction: Georgia Tech 24, Vanderbilt 19
Sept. 24 at Western Kentucky
Vanderbilt was able to hold down the Hilltopper attack last year, and lost in a 14-12 opener. WKU’s offense loses a ton of talent, but it’ll be able to open up a little bit. This time, though, the Commodores will come up with a win by holding onto the ball for long stretches.
Preseason Prediction: Vanderbilt 31, WKU 17
Oct. 1 vs. Florida
Last year’s defensive fight was a brutal slugfest with the Gators barely surviving. This time, they’ve got a better kicker, but it’s still not going to be a thing of beauty. Neither offense will get going.
Preseason Prediction: Florida 20, Vanderbilt 10
Oct. 8 at Kentucky
The loser probably can’t even think about going bowling. The UK offensive balance will be just enough in this game, getting up early and hanging on with Vanderbilt unable to get its own passing game going enough to fight back in the second half when the chances are there to take the lead.
Preseason Prediction: Kentucky 23, Vanderbilt 17
Oct. 15 at Georgia
The offense just can’t and won’t get going. The theme of the first half of the season will continue – the O will get more yards and look better than last year, but the results just won’t be there. It’ll be a mistake-prone game on both sides with Georgia just happy to be done with this and on to an off week.
Preseason Prediction: Georgia 20, Vanderbilt 10
Oct. 22 vs. Tennessee State
Finally, the offense will roll, and the production and payoff will follow. Coming before a desperately needed bye week, this is the exhale moment for a Commodore team in need of a solid.
Preseason Prediction: Vanderbilt 41, Tennessee State 3
Oct. 29 OPEN DATE
Nov. 5 at Auburn
The week off will help, and Auburn will be a bit sluggish after going to Ole Miss, but the Tiger defensive front will have a huge game. Vanderbilt’s offensive woes won’t have been healed – it’ll take two steps forward, and get stuffed for three yards back over and over again.
Preseason Prediction: Auburn 23, Vanderbilt 14
the exhausting season continues with yet another defensive battle. The Auburn defensive line will dominate Vandy the week before, and in Columbia, the Missouri front will own this game, too. The Commodores will make the game a grind, but Mizzou will come up with a few flash plays with no response.
Preseason Prediction: Missouri 27, Vanderbilt 13
Nov. 19 vs. Ole Miss
Lots and lots and lots of mistakes – both teams will make them. It’ll be a sloppy, tough performance for both teams with Vanderbilt only managing four field goals off the takeaways. Ole Miss won’t be happy, but it’ll take the ugly victory.
Preseason Prediction: Ole Miss 20, Vanderbilt 12
Nov. 26 vs. Tennessee
The struggle will finally end. The rough offensive season will finish up with a thud, unable to generate nearly enough to offset a few Tennessee scoring drives. This will be a game well into the second half, but the focused and fired up Vols will be off to the SEC Championship after surviving and advancing.
Preseason Prediction: Tennessee 23, Vanderbilt 13