Friday, September 22, 2017

Alabama Crimson Tide Vs Vanderbilt Commodores: Going Down With The Ship

Some guy named Chris Low who covers college football for ESPN tweeted last Saturday, “Just heard down below at Vanderbilt Stadium chants of ‘We Want Bama.’”
Interviewed after their 14-7 upset victory over No. 18 K State, Vandy defensive lineman Nifae Laelao told a reporter for WSMV, a local TV station in Nashville, “We expected to get this. When you come to our house we show you how to play some SEC ball…Alabama you’re next.”
Famous last words there Nifae.  You aren’t the first cocky jock whose mouth wrote a check his ass can’t cash.  Just ask the Washington Huskies.  For weeks after the top four teams were announced for last year’s College Football Playoff semifinal the Huskies howled, “We want Bama!”  They were embarrassed 24-7.
The game which airs on CBS at 3:30PM ET will be the Tide’s first trip to Vanderbilt since Nick Saban took over as head coach for Alabama in 2007.  Their last meeting was in Tuscaloosa in 2011 resulting in a loss to the Crimson Tide 34-0.
I have never followed Vandy football.  Why should I? Their football program has always been the SEC’s doormat. The win against the Wildcats last Saturday was its first against a ranked non-conference opponent since 1946.  Well, la-dee-freakin’-da.
I can tell you this much; Alabama owns the series against the ‘Dores.  Of the 83 games the Commodores have played against Bama, Vanderbilt has lost 61 of them.  Furthermore, Vandy’s record in 2013 was 9-4.  In 2014, it was 3-9.  In 2015, their record was 4-8 and last year it was 6-7.  Am I supposed to be impressed?  Hell nah.
Now I understand Vandy fans are all jacked up after beating Middle Tennessee, Alabama A&M and K State, but your opponent on Saturday is a beast.  Bama QB Jalen Hurts was 12 for 17 for 248 yards and 2 TDs.  He also rushed 11 times for a total of 103 yards resulting in a touchdown.  Vandy QB Kyle Shurmur was 14 for 23 for 205 yards and one TD.
ESPN’s Matchup Predictor gives the Tide a 90.7% chance of making the ‘Dores walk the plank and silencing “The Admiral”, that godforsaken horn they love to crank up when Vandy scores. 

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