SEC Football Preview: LSU at Vanderbilt

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LSU visits Vanderbilt on Saturday in Nashville. previews the game and predicts the final score of this contest.

Team Schedules/Results


Date Visitor Pts Home Pts
Sept. 26 Mississippi State 44 LSU 34
Oct. 3 LSU Vanderbilt
Oct. 10 Missouri LSU
Oct. 17 LSU Florida
Oct. 26 South Carolina LSU
Oct. 31 LSU Auburn
Nov. 14 Alabama LSU
Nov. 21 LSU Arkansas
Nov. 28 LSU Texas A&M
Dec. 5 Ole Miss LSU


Date Visitor Pts Home Pts
Sept. 26 Vanderbilt 12 Texas A&M 17
Oct. 3 LSU Vanderbilt
Oct. 10 South Carolina Vanderbilt
Oct. 17 Vanderbilt Missouri
Oct. 31 Ole Miss Vanderbilt
Nov. 7 Vanderbilt Mississippi State
Nov. 14 Vanderbilt Kentucky
Nov. 21 Florida Vanderbilt
Nov. 28 Tennessee Vanderbilt
Dec. 5 Vanderbilt Georgia

College Football Ratings

Rating LSU Vanderbilt
ESPN FPI 13 68
Sagarin 14 78
Massey Composite 10 64
PiRate Ratings 9 81

Key Stats

Stat LSU Vanderbilt
Points 34 12
Points Allowed 44.0 17.0
Total YDS 425.0 255.0
Pass YDS 345.0 150.0
Rush YDS 80.0 105.0
Total YDS Allowed 632.0 372.0
Pass YDS Allowed 623.0 189.0
Rush YDS Allowed 9.0 183.0
Turnover margin 2 1
3rd Down Conv. 29.4 41.2
3rd Down Conv. DEF 50.0 40.0

Players to Watch


CB Derek Stingley, WR Terrace Marshall Jr., OL Ed Ingram, DL Tyler Shelvin, QB Myles Brennan.


CB Jaylen Mahoney, WR Cam Johnson, RB Keyon Brooks, DL Dayo Odeyingbo, CB Allan George, LB Dimitri Moore.



Ja Marr Chase WR Out For Season – Personal
Tyler Shelvin NT Out For Season – Personal
Ray Parker LB Out Indefinitely – Suspension
Nelson Jenkins III DL Out For Season – Personal
Glen Logan DE Out Sat – Undisclosed
Derek Stingley Jr. CB Prob Sat – Illness
Dare Rosenthal T Doub Sat – Undisclosed


Keyon Brooks RB Ques Sat – Illness
Brendon Harris S Ques Sat – Undisclosed
Michael Owusu LB Ques Sat – Undisclosed
Feleti Afemui LB Out For Season – Personal
Bj Anderson CB Ques Sat – Undisclosed
Bryce Bailey OL Out For Season – Personal
Jonathan Stewart OL Out For Season – Personal
Oren Milstein K Out For Season – Personal
Cole Clemens OL Out For Season – Personal
Elijah Mcallister LB Early Nov – Undisclosed



Vanderbilt looked improved in its opener while LSU appears to have regressed but a regressed LSU team could still be better than an improved Vanderbilt team. Vandy’s defense looked stronger and the offense, with a new true freshman quarterback, moved the ball better than most games the Commodores played in last season. LSU probably still wins this game. In last years Vandy-LSU game (also played in Nashville) LSU encompassed probably 75% of the crowd. It’ll be interesting to see if the Commodores perform better without 30,000 screaming opposing fans to deal with. Then again, if Vandy does well or even wins, we’ll never know if it was because of LSU’s regression and Vandy’s improvement or not having to deal with a huge throng of opposing fans.

Our Preseason Prediction

LSU 31, Vanderbilt 7

Game Week Prediction

LSU 27, Vanderbilt 17

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

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