It was an unfortunate week for the Georgia Bulldogs in week seven. Coming in as favorites to beat the Missouri Tigers at home, the Bulldogs seemed to be pretty confident that a victory was in the cards against the newly-ranked Tigers. With a depleted starting line, Georgia was almost doomed from the start.
On the other side of the field, the Vanderbilt Commodores are just 3-3 on the season just one year removed from a nine-win season in 2012. While they might be underperforming just a bit in 2013, the Commodores are in the toughest conference in the nation and it won’t get any easier in the coming weeks with three straight games against ranked opponents.
Georgia, as stated earlier, had a tough time in week seven against Missouri because of a lack of offensive threats behind Aaron Murray. His second-leading receiver Justin Scott-Wesley was out for the game as was top running back Todd Gurley. Murray’s numbers took a bit of a hit during the game, but he has passed for 1,824 yards and 17 touchdowns on the season while breaking some SEC records. Although Gurley might be out once again in week eight, the running back has been great in four games this season, rushing for 450 yards and four touchdowns. Murray should have his wide outs back, though.
While the Commodores are a bit underachieving this season, their schedule has not helped them out one bit. Senior quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels has still been solid this season, passing for 1,561 yards and 10 touchdowns along with five rushing touchdowns. The senior quarterback has relied heavily on talented wide out Jordan Matthews who has 47 catches for 709 yards and five touchdowns on the season — the senior wide out has a bright future ahead of him.
Defensively, the Commodores allow 26.5 points per game which is good for 64th in the nation to go along with a 58th national ranking in yards allowed per game with 390. Georgia’s defense has not been as solid in 2013 as it has been in years past. In fact, the Bulldogs rank 65th in the nation with 399 yards allowed per game while ranking 105th in the country in points allowed per game with over 33.
Georgia will travel to Vanderbilt to take on the Commodores at 12 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 19. The game will be broadcasted on CBS.
PREDICTION: Georgia 35, Vanderbilt 27