Thursday, September 22, 2005

Dandy Vandy

What? Vandy is 3-0? Yes, I still can't believe it myself. What's even more scary? The Commodores have already beaten two SEC teams, Arkansas and Ole Miss, and haven't faced Kentucky, who played poorly against 1-AA Idaho State, yet. Vandy also defeated Wake Forest on the first Thursday night of the season. Somehow this team has come out of nowhere and has beaten THREE BCS conference schools through their first three games. I haven't researched it but I doubt that any other program can boast that at this point in the season. Vandy should clean up the next two weeks with Richmond and Middle Tennessee State at home. It is very likely that Vandy will be 5-0 when LSU rolls into Nashville on 10/8. Don't forget that they still have Kentucky on the schedule on November 12th at Vanderbilt Stadium. A match up usually used to decide who finishes fifth in the SEC East may now become a chance for Vanderbilt to get six wins and reach a bowl game for the first time since 1982! That's not to say that the Commodores might not get it sooner. Georgia comes to Nashville the week after LSU and the Bulldogs are notorious for playing close games with even the worst Vandy teams. The only other possible win on the SEC slate is at South Carolina. Jay Cutler may very well be the best QB in the SEC and Bobby Johnson should be SEC Coach of the Year if he gets Vanderbilt to a bowl game. Heck, they should name the stadium after him if he gets them to a bowl game. Everyone gasped when the Commodores pulled out a 28-24 win at Arkansas and then went bug-eyed when Vandy posted a 31-23 victory over Ole Miss in their home opener. With two SEC games and two SEC wins under their belt, the Commodores techinically lead the SEC East. Savor this success Vanderbilt fans, after decades of despair, the Commodores finally look ready to be competitive. Remember, Northwestern came out of decades of disappointment to win Big Ten titles in 1995, 1996 and 2000, including the 1996 Rose Bowl appearance. I will be pulling for Vandy all season long. What a story it would make for this program to just reach a bowl game, let alone win some more SEC games.


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