Vanderbilt sports a .500 record against Missouri since the Tigers joined the SEC, but you could make the case that these Southeastern Conference neophytes have had a more successful tenure in their two years in the East than Vandy has in their last 40. After all, the Commodores have never been to Atlanta to fight for the league title in December. Nor have they recorded a 12-win season.
Derek Mason will have the opportunity to knock Gary Pinkel down a notch by pulling off a road upset on Saturday, but Vandy is currently a 23.5-point underdog as Mizzou's homecoming opponent. That means that bettors are looking at a team whose quarterback threw for 20 yards last week and saying "yeah, they'll probably win by four possessions." Based on the way Vandy has played against conference opponents - they've lost by an average of 22.25 points - it's tough to blame them.
That doesn't mean that the 'Dores can't pull off a stunner in Columbia - just that it'll take a lot of work. To better assess Vandy's chances, we enlisted the help of an expert. Jack Peglow is a manager over at SBNation's Missouri site RockMNation. He was kind enough to answer three brief questions about the Tigers and give us his prediction for Saturday afternoon.
And finally, what's your prediction for Saturday's game?
JP: I'll stick to what I called on our podcast this week: 36-14, Mizzou. I think it stays close for most of the first half, and maybe even into the third quarter, but the Tigers pull away in the end on the back of a turnover and one or two big runs from Russell Hansbrough and/or Marcus Murphy. Also, I think Vandy will take a pick to the house. Just got that feeling, ya know?