Posted: 8/5/2008 11:47:27 AM
A lot of unknowns for Vandy (OL, DT and LB). That said, not sure if it's correct to assume that those replacing Vandy's departing players can not get it done against an ordinary Miami(O) team that was lost on offense in 2007 (19 ppg in the defensively challenged MAC). Vandy is solid at QB and RB, and if they can get anything out of their new OL, Vandy will score points.
Don't see Miami having a lot of success against Vandy's veteran secondary; so, the Red Hawks will need to run the ball sucessfully to score against the Dores. The problem is that Miami has no returning RB that even ran for a 100 yards on the season in 2007.
Also, in what likely will be a tight game, I would give the nod to Bobby Johnson who has beaten the likes of Steve Spurrier, Houston Nutt and Jim Grobe on the road over Shane Montgomey who has not done much with the Miami (O) program after Terry Hepner left for IU.
Impossible to have strong feeling on this game unless you are getting reports from camp as to how Vandy's OL is coming together or how Miami's RBs look, but if I had to make a play on this game now, I would take Vandy (especially if I can get 3) as a dog and may also take a look at the under.