Vanderbilt First Look: TSU

First Look TSU

The Vanderbilt Commodores host local rival TSU on Saturday at Vanderbilt Stadium. Here is your first look at the Tigers.

By Don Yates

TSU Season so far

Date Opponent Score
Sept. 1 Bethune-Cookman W 34-3
Sept. 8 vs. Jackson State Cancelled
Sept. 15 at Hampton Cancelled
Sept. 22 at Eastern Illinois W 41-40

Stat Comparison

TSU Stat Vanderbilt
37.5 Points 26.8
21.5 Points Allowed 19.0
534.5 Total YDS 379.5
336.5 Pass YDS 239.5
198.0 Rush YDS 140.0
355.0 Total YDS Allowed 364.5
285.5 Pass YDS Allowed 197.5
69.5 Rush YDS Allowed 167.0
.470 3rd down conv % .346
0.00 Turnover margin 0.50
NA & Massey Composite 61

& The Massey Composite Ratings are compiled from 98 different college football ratings and rankings.

TSU Injuries and Suspensions

DATE POSITION NAME ISSUE STATUS
09/24/18 WR Chris Rowland Leg Doubtful for Vanderbilt game

Source: The Tennessean

Challenges for Vanderbilt

Yes, this the game that Vanderbilt has the highest probability of winning. Massey’s ratings say Vandy is a 100% favorite to win. Still, Vandy can’t afford to overlook the Tigers. Like any in-state opponent, the TSU players will be bouncing off the walls at a chance to beat the Commodores. First priority for Vandy is to get the darn win and after that they need to work on improving some areas, maybe starting with their running game.

Players watch for TSU include RB Te’kendrick Roberson who averages 70 yards per game rushing. Two quarterbacks get pretty much equal playing time for the Tigers. Micheal Hughes has completed 24 of 39 passes for 284 yards and a TD. 6-foot-5 Demry Croft is 22 for 34 for 371 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Defensively, CB Dajour Nesbeth leads the Tigers with 14 tackles, an interception and four passes broken up.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 3 pm CT and can be seen on the SEC Network.

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