October 4, 2013

Previewing Missouri at Vanderbilt

It's homecoming, as Vanderbilt takes on Missouri at Dudley Field on Saturday night. As of this morning, the line is a pick 'em. VandySports.com's Chris Lee breaks down the game and picks a winner.


Vanderbilt does not comment on injuries, but you can be certain that starting middle linebacker Chase Garnham and starting right tackle Andrew Bridges won't play. It remains to be seen whether VU plays starting outside linebacker Karl Butler after a two-week absence. Butler's listed on the depth chart as a starter, but he was last week as well.

Missouri's starting left guard, Max Copeland, has fought through an ankle sprain but has only been playing on a part-time basis because of it. Otherwise, the Tigers are largely healthy, which was far from the case last season.

When Vanderbilt runs

Maybe the best news for VU all year came when Jerron Seymour had 15 touches for 152 yards, and two touchdowns. Seymour showed the big-play ability Vandy has lacked in the running game all year when he dashed 58 yards untouched on a snap out of the wildcat. Speaking of the wildcat, both Seymour and Wesley Tate have run quite well out of it recently. The Commodores have increasingly started to run six and seven offensive linemen on the field at times, and I suspect you'll see more of that if VU has success with it as it did a week ago -- remember, coach James Franklin loved to go run-heavy with a lead at the end of last year.

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