Vanderbilt Football First Look: Alabama

Vanderbilt First look Alabama

Vanderbilt football meets Alabama on Saturday in Tuscaloosa. Here is your first look at Alabama.

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Alabama Season So Far

Date Opp. Time/Result Location
09/03 Utah State W 55-0 Home
09/10 Texas W 20-19 Away
09/17 LA Monroe W 63-7 Home
09/24 Vanderbilt 7:30 pm Home
10/01 Arkansas 12:00 pm Away
10/08 Texas A&M 8:00 pm Home
10/15 Tennessee 8:00 pm Away
10/22 Miss State 8:00 pm Home
11/05 LSU 12:00 pm Away
11/12 Mississippi 12:00 pm Away
11/19 Austin Peay 12:00 pm Home
11/26 Auburn 12:00 pm Home

Key Stats

Stat Alabama Vanderbilt
Scoring Offense 37.5 43.3
Scoring Defense 9.5 28.7
Total Offense 466.5 439.7
Rushing Offense 219.5 232.0
Passing Offense 247.0 207.7
Team Passing Eff. 147.59 152.69
Total Defense 253.5 434.7
Rushing Defense 79.0 137.0
Pass Yards Allowed 174.5 297.7
Team Pass Eff. Def. 107.71 138.63
Turnover Margin -0.50 0.33

Alabama Injuries and Suspensions

[WR] Tyler Harrell (Foot) – Questionable
[WR] Aaron Anderson (Knee) – Out
[WR] JoJo Earle (Foot) – Out


Challenges for Vanderbilt

I’m not sure where we start. We will start with the basics, the weaknesses of Alabama. The Tide’s passing offense is not great. They are 73rd nationally and 8th in the SEC in passing offense. That said in Bryce Young, they have the best passer in college football.

Alabama does not play perfect football. They are 121st in penalties per game. Maybe that’s because when the Tide is up by 30 points in the fourth quarter and there’s a could either way penalty the refs have mercy on the losing team.

Alabama is 109th in net punting. They average almost five fewer net yards per punt than Vandy. The Tide is 102nd nationally in turnover margin. Keep in mind that Alabama’s poor ranking in passing offense doesn’t mean they are bad passers. Coaches usually will ride the run rather than throwing, if possible.

It comes down to Vanderbilt stopping the run and keeping Alabama from running wild offensively. The Commodores have to produce some yardage offensively while forcing some Alabama punts. The last time these two met I think the Crimson Tide punted once in the entire game and the Commodores had just one first down. That can’t happen again.

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 6:30 PM CT (7:30 PM ET). Watch this SEC football game on the SECN Network.

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