Week 8 - Georgia at Vanderbilt

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Week 8 Fearless Predictions & Preview - Georgia at Vanderbilt

- Georgia at Vanderbilt | South Carolina at Tennessee
- Florida at Missouri | Auburn at Texas A&M
- LSU at Ole Miss | Arkansas at Alabama

Georgia (4-2) at Vanderbilt (3-3) Oct. 19 12:00, CBS

Why You Should Give A Hoot: Last week at this time, Georgia still had the national title in its hands. Granted, it might have taken a loss from an Oregon or Ohio State to do it, but had the Bulldogs run the table, they would've been a near shoo-in to go to Pasadena. Several key injuries and one bad interception late against Missouri later, and now it's merely a fight for survival with Florida and a road trip to Auburn still to deal with.

But losing to Vanderbilt would be a problem.

The Bulldogs have won their last six against the Commodores and 17 in the last 18 since 1994, but the injuries and the inconsistencies are now a really, really big issue. Georgia should've lost to Tennessee, couldn't come through against Missouri, and has to gear it up in a big hurry or else the season could south – and it's not fair. It would've been fun to have seen what this team could've done at 100%, or even 85%, but Vanderbilt isn't going to spend much time crying over the Bulldog injuries.

The Commodores are coming off a loss to Missouri, too, but it was an ugly 51-28 loss two weeks ago to start out 0-3 in SEC play. With two weeks off to rest up and prepare, the chance is there to come up with a turnaround win, and it's a must with road games at Texas A&M and Florida returning.

Why Georgia Might Win: Aaron Murray might just be Aaron Murray. He willed the Bulldogs to the win over Tennessee, and he almost saved the team and the season with a terrific comeback attempt against Missouri, and now he knows his receivers a little better after the last few weeks. Things started to click in the second half against the Tigers, and while the new guys won't be world-beaters, they showed they could play a little bit. The Commodore defense has been getting picked apart to death – quarterbacks are connecting on 66% of their passes with ten touchdowns and just three picks, with two of those coming against UAB. If Murray gets time, he should be able to do whatever he wants. As Hank Stram would've said, Murray matriculates the ball down the field.

Why Vanderbilt Might Win: There's still the injury problem for Georgia at safety. Tray Matthews is expected to give it a go, but he's still limping on a bad hamstring. He's a must at free safety, but even with him, the Georgia secondary isn't slowing anyone down – Matthews has the lone pick on the season. Last in the SEC in passing yards allowed, the Vanderbilt air attack should be able to crank up the yards. It won't be like Missouri's offense, but it should be able to get the offense going with a strong O that's averaging 272 passing yards per game.

Who To Watch Out For: Georgia is getting a little bit of help back with the return of Jonathan Rumph from a hamstring injury, but Rantavious Wooten will still play a big role. Out for a few games, he came back to catch six passes for 38 yards and two scores against Tennessee and four passes for 83 yards and a touchdown against Missouri. The 5-10, 176-pound oft-injured senior may be diminutive, but he has tremendous speed and is a danger to break one long every time he touches the ball.

What Will Happen: Vanderbilt is overdue for one of its rise-up-and-shock games under James Franklin. The secondary will get ripped up, but the Commodore receiving corps will go nuts on the way to a stunning win to continue Georgia's rough slide.

Prediction: Vanderbilt 38 … Georgia 34
Line: Georgia -8.5 o/u: 61.5
Must See Rating: (5 Bad Grandpa – 1 Vanilla Ice Goes Amish) … 3
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