Posted: 5/30/2017 11:25:28 AM
For what it's worth...............
This will be Vandy's best team since James Franklin left for Penn State. The Commodores return 16 starters including the QB from a team that won 6 games last year including wins over Georgia, Ole Miss and Tennessee. I'm guessing it is a little more difficult winning six games in the SEC conference than winning seven games in CUSA. Maybe just a tad...you think?
Vanderbilt beat MTSU 47-24 last year so what is different. They have better players and a scoring defense that gave up just 24 points per game. MTSU gave up 39 points per game and must find five new starters on that side of the ball.
Yes, MTSU had a potent offense during 2016 while averaging 38.8 points per game. To keep up that pace this season, they will have to find five new replacements and hope their starting QB has recovered from injury. Vanderbilt will have 9 veterans returning on offense that won some big games late like Tennessee for example.
The two schools are 33 miles apart so playing in Murfreesboro is no big deal. The Doars will stay in Nashville and bus over the day of the game.
Vanderbilt has Alabama A&M for their second game while MTSU has back-to-back road trips to Syracuse and Minnesota.
At this date, I am all over the Commodores for a repeat of last year.