Preview Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Vanderbilt Commodores

Alabama hosts Vanderbilt for Homecoming. Can Alabama stay focused after the big win over Florida? Focus will be a key for the remainder of the season.

By Tony Carter

The (3-1, 1-1) Vanderbilt Commodores visit the (5-0, 1-0) #2 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide this weekend following a bye week for Vanderbilt and a major win over Florida for Alabama. Alabama has only lost one time to Vanderbilt in 35 previous meetings. The overall series record is heavily in Alabama’s favor at 58-19-4. It is the first meeting between the schools since 2007.

Following a 30-7 rout of Ole Miss two games ago, Vanderbilt traveled to Columbia and was simply outmatched by South Carolina. Vandy managed only 77 total yards and a staggering four yards of that coming by means of the “ground attack.”

Don’t expect their next defensive opponent that they play this weekend to be any more lenient in terms of productivity. Alabama comes in as the number one team in FBS vs. the rush at just under 40 yards per contest and 1.49 yards/attempt. Alabama is allowing only 8.4 points per game, also first in all of FBS. Conversely, Alabama is averaging over 6 yards per carry and 230 per contest.

Watch for Alabama to reduce the playbook, keep it simple and get lots of players playing time.

Probably the biggest challenge this weekend (and the season as a whole) for the Tide is not to lose focus and “remember” last year’s loss to South Carolina, the Iron Bowl, and not finishing. Not that I’m alluding to the UA losing this weekend. I’m simply identifying the notion that the only thing that can slow down this team is itself, period.

Other facts about Alabama and Vanderbilt:
According to UA records, Alabama is 76-13-1 in homecoming games. The Alabama Crimson Tide is 14-1 against Vanderbilt in Tuscaloosa. Alabama’s last loss and only loss to Vanderbilt when playing in Tuscaloosa came in 1984.

Prediction: Alabama 41 Vanderbilt 6

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  1. 1
    pete4tide

    You really think they can score 6? Gators only got 10, and had a lot more weapons. I believe we may see another goose egg this weekend, maximum a single field goal. Bama 45 Vandy 3.

  2. 3
    DAMAGE INC.

    Of course we’ll remained focus — with the ultimate doormat Vandy and Ole Piss coming up — even these phucks will not derail the “eyes on the prize”

    Expect B-team work-outs — Sims & co. — they need the reps anyway 😉

    Sometimes — when you’re that good — you don’t want to see a scrimmage — but a football game! LMFAO!!!

    • 4
      DAMAGE INC.

      Oh — BTW — did I mention on this blog that I can’t STAND Vandy being in the SEC — what a waste of a team — I would put ECU in place of Vandy in the EAST of all teams for christ sakes!

    • 5
      The Flash

      Damage,
      You represent your fan base so well. I would say your university but I’m pretty sure you’ve never attended school at all!

      • 8
        DAMAGE INC.

        I’m not wearing colors right now — I’m on a website — I don’t represent the University as a whole — maybe in your coonass way of thinking — but not in this “parish” phuckstick.

        I represent me, Damage Inc.

        p.s. — see ya leaving Tuscaloosa with a frown 😉

        • 9
          The Flash

          Well the way Bama is struggling with Vandy, yes Vandy, right now in the first half. the trip to Tuscalooser might be a good time. And yes we know you are an Alabam fan because, just like all the rest when you can’t think of anyting intelligent to say all you can do is use your limited vocabulary consisting mostly of curse words and call people names like a 2nd grader!

          • 10
            The Flash

            Oops McCarron got lucky on that last play of the half. Dumbass should have run it in! Look Saban just said the same thing I did. Did you read his lips? I guess thats an improvement from shouting “Calm th Fuck Down” like he yelled at McCarron last week. Did you just hear that half time interview with Saban the “rainmaker”? He just said his team is making a “LOT” on mental errors and needs some mental entergy. Good thing ya’ll are playing Vandy tonight.

          • 11
            The Flash

            Vandy stuffs Richardson from the two on third down, don’t worry Bama fans the refs step in to bail you out and gives you another chance. Typical Bama paid refs with there short drive down from Birmingham.

        • 12
          BamaBrando

          All that talking, and you still are a dickhead, and still a dumbass. You must enjoy being stupid and trolling. Where did you go? You didn’t watch the second half? McCarron throws 4 TDs, Richardson has over 100 yards, pitches a shut out. And you want to find something wrong with Bama? You should be thanking Bama for knocking out Floridas 1st and 2nd string QBs and generally softening them up for you.

          • 13
            The Flash

            Dickhead and dumbass, BamaBrando’s favorite two words. Must be what you heard the most from your parents growing up.

            “McCarron throws 4 TDs, Richardson has over 100 yards, pitches a shut out. And you want to find something wrong with Bama? – You were playing VANDY! Don’t hurt your self patting yourself on the back.

            ” You should be thanking Bama for knocking out Floridas 1st and 2nd string QBs and generally softening them up for you”

            Thank you Bama! We couldn’t do it without you!

          • 14
            BamaBrando

            No, dude, those just happen to be the two words that describe you best. And here you are again, just to prove it. You were saying McCarron was lucky, and wishing for Bama to lose, because you are scared to see what an undefeated highly motivated and pissed off Bama team is capable of doing to LSU in a few weeks. Please keep that number one ranking safe.

            Bama may have been playing VANDY, but they shut them out and blew them out. Just like every other team they have played.

  3. 15
    Hal Bennett

    I seem to remember that Alabama lost to Vanderbilt in about 1969. If I remember correctly, it was on a rainy night in Nashville.

    • 16
      capstonereport

      Sounds right. Vandy looks to have won mostly when at home against Alabama since there was only one win in Tuscaloosa–three wins and a tie in Birmngham. One interesting stat: Vandy actually leads the series in games played in Mobile. Vandy is 2-1-1 there.

      • 17
        CRIMSON HAMMAH

        espnu first and 10 – cfb prediction show – the only disagreement is fauria is taking vandy getting 3 or less first downs – skip bayless has vandy 5 or more first downs

  4. 18
    CrimsonBuc

    I’m disappointed in this write-up. I clicked on the link hoping to learn something about Vanderbilt, but all I learned was stats about Bama that I already knew.

  5. 20
    The Flash Likes Boys

    U Bammers so dum dum in mecskola get off dat oil rig in baton roug so I can bar b q some corndogs

  6. 21
    RC

    I always get a laugh out of LSU, Auburn fans etc who try to pretend that most of their inbred fanbase went to college. Baton Rouge is one of the dirtiest cities in the South. Although Auburn not as dirty as far as the city, it is inhabited by slow, rural, dim witted, cult-like religious fanatics. I actually paid my way through UA, so those whose parents paid the whole bill at AU or LSU, you have contributed less to your University than the sidewalk alums at your schools and other schools

    • 22
      The Flash

      RC I’m not sure what the point of that was, but just so you’ll know I also paid my own way all the through LSU. I know you will appreciate that since it is also a source of pride to you or you wouldn’t have mentioned it, so I’ll say congratulations to you and hope you don’t come back with some hypicrital response.

  7. 23
    Crimsonite

    Yeah and Awbie is tied with Vandy all time. How embarrassing! Looks like Spurrious has found himself a QB. Shaw has thrown 3 td passes in the first half and USCjr is beating Kentucky worse than LSWho did, same as Florida did. If OU keeps pounding Texas like they are right now and LSWho struggles with a crippled Florida their #1 ranking may go down the drain. They better hope Driscol doesn’t pull in his first start what Shaw is pulling in his with USCjr or the bayou will overflow its banks with Coonass tears tonight. RTR!

  8. 26
    RC

    The Flash sounds like a Little Brother Auburn fan with all his ref conspiracy theories. Next, he’ll be having nightmares about the REC

    BTW, I doubt you paid your own bills, rent (or mortgage), all on your own at LSU. Sadly, most trust fund kids say they paid their own way these days when they live in their parent’s basement. NOT THE SAME

    • 27
      The Flash

      My comment to RC- “I know you will appreciate that since it is also a source of pride to you or you wouldn’t have mentioned it, so I’ll say congratulations to you and hope you don’t come back with some hypicrital response”

      RC’s Response – “BTW, I doubt you paid your own bills, rent (or mortgage), all on your own at LSU. Sadly, most trust fund kids say they paid their own way these days when they live in their parent’s basement. NOT THE SAME”

      I guess its true what they say, and you prove it RC, a prick will always be a prick, and Alabama fans are the biggest jerks in all of college football.

      You don’t know a thing about me, yet you think you better than me and anybody else in the world. You think you are the only person in the world who has ever worked hard and payed there way through school. You say you did it but you don’t think anybody else could. I congratulate you on your accomplishment because I personally know what a source of pride and accomplishment that is, and your response is to be an Boastful Ass, I personally know, because I was one of five kids raised by a single mom, who barley made over minimum wage and the only way I was able to go to college was to work nights and pay my entire way through LSU. And even though my mom was unable to help me financially, obviously she thought me to be a better, and more humble person than your parent’s thought you RC.

      Have a great day!

      • 28
        BamaBrando

        And yet you are here. If you are so proud and feel so good and superior, why come over and troll on a Bama site? Especially since you are so educated and smart as you claim to be. But here you are, sounding a lot dumber than you think you do. And here you are calling people pricks, but got your feelings hurt because I called you a dickhead. You are a hypocrite in the fullest meaning of the word. We don’t care about your history, we could care less how hard a life you may have had. You pop up over here out of your fear that Bama has the team that is going to beat LSU this year. That is what you are all about. You are nothing but an immature troll from a rival fan base, trying to piss off Bama fans. What a great and superior human being you are. Be proud, dickhead. Now why don’t you just go away, because nobody here likes you. In case you didn’t know it, LSU fans have had the obnoxious fan king title in the SEC for longer than any other team.

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