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Vanderbilt Football: Can the Commodores Go to a Bowl?

Mike Lynch stops by to chat about Vandy’s remaining slate.


It’s been awhile but it’s been a struggle trying to get internet up and running at my place. Now that we are finally up and moving why don’t we start with a quick recap of what happened while the internet was down…


Vanderbilt knocked off Georgia (sorry to bring this up again). A game that appeared to be a blowout on paper turns out to be a shocking come from behind victory that gave Vanderbilt their biggest win of their season. It came at the loss of Austyn Carta-Samuels but back-up QB Patton Robinette led the Dores to 17 straight 4th quarter points.


Vanderbilt’s good mojo didn’t resume as the team took a trip to College Station to face Johnny Manziel and the Aggies. Manziel torched the Commodore defense for 305 yards through the air and 4 scores. Aggies wideout Mike Evans padded what might be his lead in the Biletnikoff race by posting 77 yards and two scores. The Commodore offense struggled as well as the Dores started with Patton Robinette at quarterback but early issues brought Josh Grady in for a shot….. after he failed to perform Robinette finished the night. The final score was Aggies 56 Commadores 24

Back to the Good…Maybe

With games against Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee and Wake Forrest left on the schedule Vanderbilt stands a good chance at picking off two of the next four and still capturing a bowl bid. For the Dores to do so they are going to need continued success from the run game and a much better play from their defense. It would also help for Vanderbilt to figure out who they are going to have start in the Quarterback Position and stick with it.

Let’s see how things pan out.


Wait…Vanderbilt didn’t go undefeated while I was on my Honeymoon???

Vandy Guy Mike Lynch Stops By…


Sorry for the lack of Black and Gold posts; I was a bit preoccupied getting married and spending a week with the Mouse in Disney (Dude’s note: Do NOT refer to your wife as “the Mouse.” Trust me.’). But now that I’m back and settled back in the land of Black and Gold I can now continue to update frequently as Vanderbilt enters the heart of its schedule.

Let’s see I was out two weekends and honestly I knew that these two games were winnable games so I figured I would be able to simply write about how great Vanderbilt did over my honeymoon and tell you that Vandy is ready for a potential upset of Georgia…Unfortunately, the Commodores only accomplished half of that feat.

During my wedding weekend Vanderbilt took care of UAB at home to the tune of 52-28. Vanderbilt rode a strong performance from running back Jerron Seymour who rushed for over 100 yards and two scores and a good showing against a sub-par defense by Quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels who threw for over three hundred yards and two scores.

The other game, which featured Vanderbilt taking on Missouri at home, didn’t go quite the way I expected while I was in Florida. Vanderbilt’s defense struggled early and often in the first half and couldn’t fight back late falling to the Tigers 28-51. Tigers QB James Franklin threw for just under 300 yards and totaled 4 passing touchdowns. The Tigers (who were playing in Nashville for their first time in the SEC) also accumulated over 200 yards on the ground. Vanderbilt’s offense was able to move the ball, but ACS was sacked a whopping seven times which killed any momentum Carta-Samuels had going at all points of the game. If your looking for a bright spot Jordan Matthews again posted another 100 yard receiving game.


POSITIVE: Vanderbilt has a week to prepare for Georgia

NEGATIVE: If Vanderbilt’s defense can’t contain James Franklin….. they could be in for a LONG night against Murray.

Look for a more in-depth preview of the Vanderbilt-Georgia Game in the near future.

Vandy needs to take care of business against UAB… then quickly shift gears for any shot against Georgia

Vanderbilt has two wins this season…. both of which have come from what people would call pancake teams. Vanderbilt has another one of those games today when they face off against UAB in Nashville. As I would expect, Vanderbilt will hope to continue to over-utilize Jordan Matthews and continue to establish the running game that has came alive over the past couple of weeks from Tate and Seymour. Here is the only problem I have with this game…..

Vanderbilt has a history of losing games that they should win when they have a big game the following week. This year the big game on Vanderbilt’s schedule had to facing the Georgia Bulldogs in Nashville. They will need lots of planning and practice to even hope to slow down the Bulldog Offense. Vanderbilt has been able to slow down¬† Georgia in the past and has even started to form what some people might call a “competitive rivalry”. (semi-competitive…..okay so the games are closer then where they were.)

If you ask me, let this UAB game be a statement game. I would love nothing more than for Vanderbilt to come out against UAB and “punch in them in the mouth”. Vanderbilt hasn’t opened up a game quickly and that is what I would really like to see against the Blazers. And keep the starters in…. I know that a beating of a weaker team doesn’t look impressive on paper but if Vanderbilt can show Georgia that they have more weapons then just Jordan Matthews it might help them believe they can win this game next week.

With that in mind… Vanderbilt wins this game, Franklin won’t take my advice but It should still be a fairly lopsided game

Vanderbilt 27 UAB 7

Balanced Offense helps Vandy topple UMASS

Mike Lynch on Vandy’s win this weekend and the state of Vanderbilt football.


The bright lights in Boston didn’t stop the Commodores for coming in and evening their record at 2-2.¬† After coming off a strong 2nd half against South Carolina it was important for Vanderbilt to take care of business on the road against the MinuteMen before “winnable” games come off their schedule. Austyn Carta-Samuels did just that.

ACS paced the Vanderbilt offense with 2 TD passes. The first coming to Jonathan Krause (a 42 yard reception) and the second coming to Jordan Matthews in the 4th quarter. Carta-Samuels would finish the game with 217 yards through the air.

(For the first game this season Jordan Matthews didn’t lead the Commadores in receiving, nor did he total over 100 yards receiving)

The running game also continued to show signs of life as they were able to split carries between Wesley Tate (14 carries 64 yards) and Jerron Seymour( 15 carries 56 yards 1 TD). This two back tandem pounded the ball hard especially late in the game, wearing down the UMASS defense and opening up opportunities for ACS to get the ball down the field.

Overall it was an impressive showing for Vanderbilt in a game they had to win.


Here is where I stand right now with this team.

Vanderbilt has played its heart out in every game, but in every game that has mattered so far they have been on the losing end. Vanderbilt has UAB next week at home before they enter a stretch of SEC games including a contest against Georgia. Vanderbilt is just doing enough to get by, but just doing enough to get by isn’t going to get us into a good bowl. Let’s hope Head Coach James Franklin can pull off some magic and steal a win against a top SEC team somewhere down the road.

South Carolina defense will provide stiff challenge for Young Vandy QB

Sitting at 1-1 the Vanderbilt Commadores have seen two different types of teams this season. They opened the season against the high powered offensive attack of Ole Miss, but had their way with the Rebels Defense. They followed up that disappointing ending with an expected trouncing of Austin Peay. One common denominator in both of those games is that Vanderbilt’s Offense was able to move the ball effectively. Don’t expect that to come as easy against the Gamecocks who recently lost a very close game to the Georgia Bulldogs.

I know it gets repetitive, but finding a way to stop South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney will more than likely be the difference on how close this game will be. Vanderbilt has struggled to get a solid running game going in the first two weeks, so expect the Gamecock Pass Rush to keep Austyn Carta-Samuels on the move and force him to win the game for the Dores. This is Austyn’s first true test and unfortunately it’s hard to be optimistic for this game.To make matters worse, The Gamecocks have the Commadore’s number as well as last year they came into Nashville and won a defensive battle that Vandy felt they had won.

Expect Jordan Matthews to have another 100+ yards Recieving and one or two scores, but also expect turnovers to plague the Commadores and put them in an 0-2 hole in the SEC.

Prediction: South Carolina 28-17

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