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Better Know a FCS Opponent: Austin Peay

Austin Peay comes to Nashville for their first ever matchup against the Commodores. Does Vanderbilt have to worry about suffering an upset to a FCS program this fall?

Take a look at this face and then tell me that Vanderbilt is going to go easy on Austin Peay.
Take a look at this face and then tell me that Vanderbilt is going to go easy on Austin Peay.
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The School: Austin Peay State University

Record: 0-1 (2-9 in 2012)

Mascot: Governors

Location: Clarksville, TN

Conference: Ohio Valley (FCS)

All-Time vs. Vanderbilt: 0-0. Thus, the Governors have never had the chance to upset Jay Cutler by virtue of a blocked field goal thanks to putting 13 men on the field.

Most Potent Offensive Threat: Junior Darryl Clack is a big target at 6'6" and 210 pounds, and his size could make him a red zone mismatch in the corners. He had just 19 catches as a sophomore, but he drove the APSU defense against Tennessee last week, catching three passes for 80 yards - approximately 38 percent of the Governors' total yardage. He'll have a tough task ahead of him against the potent Vandy secondary, but his length could make him a pesky target for APSU on Saturday.

Most Potent Defensive Threat: With 2012 defensive MVP Earnest Smith out for the season after tearing his Achilles' this summer, 6'5", 253 pound Iosua Siliva will have to carry the weight for APSU's pass rush up front. The big Samoan was a First-Team All-OVC choice this preseason, and he'll have to prove that he can handle additional pressure from opposing offensive lines while still making an impact to hold on to that distinction. The senior had 5.5 tackles for loss last season and added two tackles against the Volunteers in last week's 45-0 blowout loss.

Matchup to Watch: Jordan Matthews vs. Anyone. I'd like to make this one Governor-specific, but every Commodore fan that tunes in to this one will be watching to see how Matthews recovers from last week's dehydration first and foremost. The senior receiver made a ton of fans with his gutsy play against Ole Miss, but a hard hit dislodged most of the contents of his stomach late in that game and gave Vandy boosters something to worry about. He's not likely to get a ton of snaps in a I-AA matchup, but he'll make everyone feel better about the 2013 season if he can haul down a few receptions on this team's opening drive and show that there are no ill effects lingering from Thursday's loss.

Interesting Fact: Austin Peay is 0-7 against FBS programs in the past decade, with their closest loss coming in a 6-27 defeat at the hands of Memphis in 2011. That was one of only two games that the Tigers won that season.

Bonus Fact!: Vanderbilt had nine wins over Division I opponents in 2012. Austin Peay has had nine wins total over Division I opponents since 2008.

If Peay wins, we: Riot. Losing to the Governors wouldn't just be the worst loss of the James Franklin era, it may be the worst loss in school history. That seems like a long shot, but Vanderbilt fans should always know better than to count their chickens before they hatch.