Vanderbilt crept up the Sagarin ratings after last week's 17-7 loss to Kentucky. They didn't have the same luck on Sunday after getting stomped by Georgia 44-17.
The Commodores plummeted from 84th to 117th in the computer-generated rankings and fell behind luminaries like San Jose State, Eastern Kentucky, Southeastern Louisiana, and New Hampshire. Currently, this team would barely crack the top 20 among the I-AA ranks. Here are the FCS teams that Sagarin's formula currently believes would beat Vanderbilt on a neutral field:
If you're keeping track, that places Vandy fifth in the state of Tennessee, trailing UT (28th), Memphis (36th), Middle Tennessee (96th), and Chattanooga (99th). Here are the BCS-conference programs that the Commodores outrank halfway through the 2014 season:
But hey, if you're looking for a silver lining, UMass led Miami (OH) 41-14 late in the second quarter of their matchup and still managed to lose 41-42 against one of the worst teams in Division I. As long as the Minutemen are around, it could always be worse.