Sunday, September 4, 2011

How Vandy's future opponents fared this weekend

Which of Vandy’s future opponents would we least like to face next week? Probably Alabama, which dispatched Kent State with frightening efficiency. But we’d also have trouble matching up with the freakish collection of athletes from South Carolina, not to mention a bunch of angry Bulldogs from Georgia, a talented team that was taken to school by a supposedly weaker Boise State team that also happened to be No. 5 in the nation.

Teams we wouldn’t mind facing next week? How about Ole Miss, which choked against BYU, lost its top two running backs and has hit rock-bottom? We face the Rebels week after next. Or you could also go with Army, which got throttled by Northern Illinois, or a Kentucky team that looked inept for most of its snoozefest with Western Kentucky.

Here’s how all of Vandy’s future opponents fared:

Sept. 10 — CONNECTICUT (Unranked; 1-0): Won at home 35-3 over Fordham.
Sept. 17 — OLE MISS (Unranked; 0-1): Lost 14-13 at home to BYU.
Sept. 24 — at SOUTH CAROLINA (No. 12; 1-0): Defeated East Carolina 56-37 in Charlotte.
Oct. 8 — at ALABAMA (No. 2, 1-0): Won at home 48-7 over Kent State.
Oct. 15 — GEORGIA (No. 19; 0-1): Lost 35-21 to No. 5 Boise State in Atlanta.
Oct. 22 — ARMY (Unranked; 0-1): Lost 49-26 at Northern Illinois.
Oct. 29 — ARKANSAS (1-0): Won at home 51-7 over Missouri State.
Nov. 5 — at FLORIDA (No. 22; 1-0): Won at home 41-3 over Florida Atlantic.
Nov. 12 — KENTUCKY (Unranked; 1-0): Defeated Western Kentucky 14-3 in Nashville.
Nov. 19 — at TENNESSEE (Unranked; 1-0): Won at home 42-16 over Montana.
Nov. 26 — at WAKE FOREST (Unranked; 0-1): Lost 36-29 in overtime at Syracuse.


Anonymous said...

I really liked what I saw last night given that it was our 1st game and all teams across the country were still working out wrinkles on both sides of the ball. Pretty sure that the defensive guys will be in the film-room this week getting things cleaned up as we had some issues there. Seemed like for a portion of the 1st 3 quarters that the Elon O and D line's were controlling the line of scrimage. Anyone else notice that ? Wow, Elon has a potential NFL WR and a better than average quarterback. A nice win in preparation for Uconn which will be much better and a very tough but winnable game. Go Dores !

even more anonymous said...

I'd imagine that the film from last year's blowout loss to UConn will be one of the more intensely studied videos from the 2010 season.


Yes, as well as this year's film of our secondary getting smoked. I'm just glad Jordan Todman went pro.

Vandygal78 said...

I like the schedule with the progression from Elon to UConn and Ole Miss. The guys will be learning more each week as the opponents gets tougher. Plus can you believe how bad some other teams looked? UK, Ole Miss, Auburn, UGA? I realize they will all get better too but I think the coaches have our team at a better starting point.

I think we have some great coaches. Aggressive play calling, very few penalities or procedural calls, and they made the adjustments on D at halftime.