9.Vanderbilt Commodores | Threat Level: Low
The permanent rival from the East, Vanderbilt. The Commodores had a troubling season last year, only winning 4 games. Derek Mason has the Commodore defense looking usable, but the offense still needs a lot of work.
Looking at their 2015 offensive stats, the Commodores were one of the worst teams in the country. They averaged 12.3 points per game, ranking them 125 out of 128 in the country. Not only that, their OEI is terrible too.
OEI is the offensive efficiency stat that is opponent-adjusted. The Commodores come in with a -.88 OEI, which was 117th in the country.
The Commodores turn the ball over a lot too, their opponent-adjusted turnover rate was .154, which was 109th in the country. Their OTO (turnover rate), is the percentage of offensive drives that result in a turnover.
Vanderbilt returns 8 starters on the offense and the defense, but is that a good thing?
Their defense was good enough to hold them close in some games. Their defensive efficiency rating, or DEI, was .62, which ranks 16th in the country.
The Commodores do return running back Ralph Webb, who I think is one of the most underrated players in the NCAA. Webb ran for 1152 yards last season for 5 touchdowns.
The Commodores are bringing a sophomore quarterback to the table this season in Kyle Shurmur. Shurmur started five of the last six games last season, but only completed 42% of his passes.
The Commodores could prove to be a pesky opponent for the Rebels, especially the week before the Egg Bowl when the team could be looking ahead to a rivalry game and a potential postseason defining game.
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