Last week, Vanderbilt squandered a great opportunity to notch the first conference win of the Derek Mason era when they were beaten by an offensively inept South Carolina team. This week, they get a re-do.
The Commodores will face one of the few teams in the nation that scores fewer points per game than they do when Missouri comes to Nashville this weekend. Vanderbilt's Homecoming game will come against a Tiger team that has failed to break the 14-point barrier in each of their last five games. In the past two weeks, Mizzou has scored a total of nine points.
That leaves a big opportunity for Vanderbilt, but they'll have to overcome their own offensive shortcomings to get there. The 'Dores haven't scored more than 17 points in a game against a I-A opponent this season. Worse yet, they'll be staring down the NCAA's #6 scoring defense. In all, Saturday's game may come down to whose offense makes fewer mistakes - and whose defensive and special teams standouts make more plays.
In order to learn more about Missouri's struggles, we enlisted the help of an expert. Jack Peglow is one of the managers of Rock M Nation, SBNation's Tigers hub. He brought me on to his podcast Tuesday night, and then returned the favor by answering a few of the questions that I had about Saturday's matchup (since we haven't done a podcast since August. AoG Podcast returns in 2017!). Here's what he had to say about Mizzou and Vanderbilt's chances to win one of the lowest scoring games of the new millennium.
I think Missouri is the better team here, but not by much. Honestly, I don't see either offense scoring a touchdown here. I think Mizzou either returns an interception or runs back a kick/punt en route to a 13-6 victory that we all are going to wish we didn't spend four hours watching.