1. VANDERBILT WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
The offense is going to be terrific again. It’s going to be explosive, the skill players are as good as the program has had in a long time, and as long as the quarterback play is steady, the team will be able to hang around against just about everyone.
But the defense won’t do its part.
It’ll be fine against the mediocre offenses, but it’s got too many new parts and too many question marks to get off to a hot start or go on any sort of a winning run.
Last year, it helped to ease into the season a bit against Nevada and Middle Tennessee. There’s no such luck this year.
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 5
The Wolf Pack and Blue Raiders were fine – both ended up getting a post-season game – but the Commodores were able to go bowling last season because they beat up on the weak and the sad.
To be fair, they came up clutch against Tennessee in the bowl-or-go-home regular season finale for both teams, but still, four of the six wins came against FBS teams that didn’t go bowling. All seven losses came against bowl teams, and now this year’s slate isn’t going to be any easier.
Out of the first four games against Georgia, at Purdue, LSU, and defending MAC champion Northern Illinois, the Commodores should be able to beat the Huskies, but it’ll take some work to get out of September with anything better than that.
Unless there’s a massive clunker along the way by someone like an unfocused South Carolina, or against Kentucky in Nashville or Tennessee in Knoxville, it’s going to be tough to go bowling for the third time in four years.
Expect a sixth straight losing season.