Vanderbilt Commodores: What We Learned In Week 6, What To Look For In Week 7

By Scott Page
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Vanderbilt (3-3, 0-3) does not have the superior of the SEC’s two James Franklins – at least not last week. The Commodores head coach felt so bad about the 51-28 lambasting his team suffered at the hands of Missouri and his QB namesake, he openly apologized after the game.

The Tigers’ 51 points were the most allowed by Vanderbilt since giving up 55 to Florida in 2010.

But it wasn’t all negatives for Vandy last week, as wide receiver Jordan Matthews posted 123 yards on seven catches and set the school record for touchdowns and receiving yards in the losing effort. It was Matthews’ fifth 100-yard receiving game of the season and 15th of his career.

The senior has 2,990 receiving yards and 22 touchdowns with the Commodores, and is now only 104 yards shy of the SEC all-time receiving yards record and 10 TDs short of the career touchdown receptions record.

What to look for in Week 7: Improvements all around during the bye. But specifically, Vanderbilt must find a way to play better early, as slow starts have been plaguing the team all season. The Commodores quickly found themselves down 20-0 in the first quarter against Missouri and have been outscored 54-17 in the first period so far this season.

If they continue to start slow, the Commodores could easily find themselves embarking on a four-game losing streak, as No. 7 Georgia, No. 9 Texas A&M and No. 17 Florida are looming beyond the bye.

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