Sunday, September 28, 2008

Vanderbilt rises to 19th in nation; biggest game in a long time looms Saturday with No. 13 Auburn

The Vanderbilt Commodores made good use of a weekend off, rising in the polls to 19th in the nation and getting a close look at what appears to be a very beatable Auburn Tiger team.

Auburn was given a gift of a victory by UT yesterday, as its offense was shut down for almost all the second half. Its only first down came with less than two minutes in the game and sealed the victory over the struggling Volunteers.

This Saturday's game between the No. 19 'Dores and No. 13 Tigers should be a featured game nationally, significantly boosting the image of the Vandy program. Ole Miss' upset of Florida in Gainsville throws the whole SEC race wide open and a Vandy win Saturday would start talk of conference title hopes, not just a bowl appearance.

The 'Dores may be the best kept secret in the SEC and the nation. But after Saturday, Vandy football may well become the biggest gridiron discovery since Gatorade.

Recruiting wise, the game could have a significant, local impact. A lot of Brentwood's best athletes go to Auburn. A 'Dores victory could keep some of these athletes home to play for a contending college program while receiving one of the nation's best educations at this city of a hill.

Put some new shock absorbers on the band wagon, and let the hype begin!

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