Vanderbilt Army Preview

Friday, October 9, 2009

Just wanted to quick hit some previews to the Vanderbilt game.

Army long snapper Matt Arent hails from Tennessee and thus gets a spotlight piece from the

Vanderbilt is focused on Vanderbilt.

Army likewise, is focused on themselves, and rightfully so:

"It's a little bit like a car wreck. If you've been having trouble remembering to wear your seatbelt, get into a car wreck, and suddenly that's not a hard habit to come by. The challenge is of course to survive the car wreck, and we have."

Ellerson's version of a wreck looks something like this:

* Iowa State entered play against Army with 12 turnovers, the highest total in the nation, and the Black Knights were unable to force any.

* Tulane kept Army 44 yards below its rushing average.

* Alex Carlton missed a 37-yard field goal in the final seconds against the Green Wave after making his first three.

* Freshman quarterback Trent Steelman was 3 for 5 throwing and was intercepted at the goal line against Tulane.

Vandy comes into the game with a strong rushing attack.

In its two wins this season, Vanderbilt scored a total of 81 points, including 45 points against FCS foe Western Carolina in the season opener. Therefore, the team's average of 20.0 ppg is a bit skewed. Clearly, the strength of the offense is a ground attack that accounts for 195.0 ypg on an average of 4.5 ypc. Of the 12 touchdowns scored by the offense this season, 10 have come via the run. Warren Norman paces the Commodores with 336 rushing yards and three touchdowns, and his average of 6.7 yards per attempt is outstanding.
Both Army and Vanderbilt get back to basics as they're both coming off losses and will try to overcome their respective miscues.

This should be a pretty low scoring affair and even as an -11 point dog... if Army can take care of the ball and play possession football they have a puncher's chance to come away with a win.



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