Georgia vs. Vanderbilt Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Georgia vs. Vanderbilt fearless prediction and game preview.
Georgia (5-0) vs. Vanderbilt (3-2) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, October 7th
Game Time: 12:00 pm ET
Venue: Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, TN
You’ll have to forgive Georgia fans if they’re a bit concerned.
Their Bulldogs are playing as well as any team in the country. The team is clearly the star of the SEC East and the second-best team in the conference, and it’s coming close to getting to the point where we all need to have a discussion about whether or not 12-0 Georgia goes to the College Football Playoff no matter what would happen in the SEC Championship.
However, there’s also that concern that Georgia will soon go Georgia.
Florida always seems to have a funky way of screwing up the Dawgs at the wrong time, and lately, Vanderbilt has had its moments, too.
Last year, the Commodores pulled off a 17-16 win, and while historically this is a painfully one-sided affair, they’ve won two of the last four, and have a win in 2006, too.
It’s not like this is Florida vs. Vanderbilt or Florida vs. Kentucky – there’s a track record now of production against the Bulldogs.
Coming off the humiliation against Alabama and a double-digit loss at Florida, the Commodores need this. Georgia needs to survive, hit the layup against Missouri, and then relax and get ready to party, with two weeks to prepare for Florida.
One Reason Why Georgia Will Win
The Vanderbilt run defense has been exposed.
After starting the season strong, and keeping a good-running Kansas State team to 201 yards, Alabama came in and had other ideas, cranking out 496 yards and six scores in brutally effective fashion. Florida figured out that playbook, too, rumbling for a tough 218 yards and five scores last week.
Georgia, it’s your turn.
Consistent, if not sensational, Georgia has been good for around 200 yards or so every game on the ground with a season-high of 294 last week against the Vols, and with a steady stream of five yards runs to take the pressure off QB Jake Fromm.
Run, let the dominant defense stop the Vandy ground game, control the clock, move on.
One Reason Why Vanderbilt Will Win
At some point, Jake Fromm will Jake Fromm.
Vanderbilt does have a decent defense and it does have talent. The last few weeks might have been rocky, but this is still and active and strong defensive front that can hold up against the run. If it’s able to sell out and slow down Nick Chubb and company, then it’ll be up to Fromm to pull this off on the road.
This might be his team now, and Jacob Eason transfer hot takes are flying all over the place, but he has yet to let it rip when it really matters.
He was great against Mississippi State when there wasn’t any pressure, and came through against Notre Dame in the hostile environment, but he only hit 7-of-15 passes for 84 yards last week. It’s not up to him to carry the Dawgs to a win.
Sixth in the nation in pass defense, the Commodores can play a little in the secondary – they don’t give up a whole lot of big plays.
What’s Going To Happen
Vanderbilt will throw an It’s Happening Again scare into the Bulldogs for about a half. But this is a different Georgia team with all the talent, all the confidence, and all the ability to push past the emotion and fun of Tennessee – and a rough start in Nashville – to roll through the second half.
The ground game will get moving, the defense will give Vandy RB Ralph Webb a rough time, and it’ll be another terrific performance for the red-hot hairy Dawgs.
Even if the final score isn’t quite 41-0 impressive.
Georgia vs. Vanderbilt Prediction
Georgia 34, Vanderbilt 13
Georgia -17.5, o/u: 41
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