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2014 Previews: Vanderbilt Commodores

2014 Previews: Vanderbilt Commodores

In addition to losing head coach James Franklin to Penn State, the Commodores lose more production from its 2013 team than does any team in the conference. Only nine starters return, the team is changing both offensive and defensive schemes, and head coach Derek Mason has never run a program before. Vanderbilt still has a good nucleus, thanks to Franklin’s inspired recruiting, but it would surprise no one if the Commodores missed the postseason.

2014 Previews: Missouri Tigers

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2014 Previews: Missouri Tigers

Missouri was by far the biggest overachiever in the SEC in 2013, when good quarterback play, a solid running game and the emergence of three receivers helped the Tigers win the SEC East and likely save Gary Pinkel’s job in the process. But 2014 will bring change – the quarterback, running back and all three of the team’s top wide receivers are gone, and Missouri is beginning to deal with talent deficiencies on defense.

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SEC Previews and Predictions: Week 4

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SEC Previews and Predictions: Week 4

The Predictions Dept. started to shake off the rust in Week 3, missing only the Ole Miss-Texas game. While national pundits on ESPN ponder the future of Texas head coach Mack Brown, TideFans.com turns its attention back to the SEC. This week, while Alabama gets a breather of sorts, SEC fans will largely get a breather as well, as the top games are Auburn-LSU and Tennessee-Florida, simply due to the history of the two series.

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2013 Fall Previews: Vanderbilt Commodores

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2013 Fall Previews: Vanderbilt Commodores

Vanderbilt, for years, has tried to enter the realm of big-time football. One could argue that it finally happened over the offseason, when four players were dismissed following arrests for rape and a fifth player was suspended after being indicted as an accessory. Vanderbilt isn’t accustomed to headlines like these, and as disturbing as the charges were on their face, on the field it creates more headaches for this program than it would for most SEC teams. Vanderbilt is still a thin team, and all five players charged were in the two-deep. This comes just as James Franklin is trying to take Vanderbilt from being a perennial SEC doormat to a program that can compete for postseason trips to Atlanta.

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2013 Fall Previews: Missouri Tigers

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2013 Fall Previews: Missouri Tigers

Unlike fellow SEC newbie Texas A&M, Missouri wasn’t up to the challenge of conference competition in 2012. The Tigers battled injury issues all season long, but more so than injuries was the issue of softness. This was a team that wasn’t particularly athletic, dangerous or well organized. For 2013, Missouri returns plenty of experience, but that calls into question the age-old dilemma of whether experienced middle-of-the-road players are a good thing or not. This could be Gary Pinkel’s last year in charge of the program, and he didn’t help his long-term prospects much when he signed the most disappointing recruiting class in the SEC in February, at least relative to expectations.

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Vandy preview: Commodores are getting better, but Alabama holds all the cards

Vanderbilt’s primary advantage is having had an off-week last Saturday, while Alabama traveled to Gainesville to battle with a physical Florida team. The Commodores’ only chance will be to catch Alabama flat-footed.

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Previews 2011: Vanderbilt Commodores

New head coach James Franklin will attempt to set the Dores back on the track 2009 coach Bobby Johnson had them on prior to his abrupt retirement last summer. But it will be an uphill battle.

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