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Anchor Drop, August 22, 2019: 9 Days to Kickoff

We’re in single digits!

NCAA Football: Vanderbilt at Middle Tennessee Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning.

And we are down to single digits: 9 days until Vanderbilt football’s season opener against Georgia. You may have milk whose expiration date is after the game. Today’s Commodores are a senior and a freshman. Caleb Peart, a 6’1”, 235-pound linebacker from Chandler, Arizona, is the lone senior in the linebacking corps and a decent bet to start after playing in all 13 games and recording 14 tackles in 2018. Freshman RB JR Tran-Reno, aside from having a cool name, scored 54 touchdowns in his high school career in Birmingham. Derek Mason has apparently compared him to Christian McCaffrey with a straight face.

The city of Nashville has officially renamed 25th Avenue South between West End and Blakemore as “Perry Wallace Way.” I shouldn’t have to explain to you who Perry Wallace is or where 25th Avenue South is.

And, today is the first official game day for Vanderbilt sports in the 2019-20 academic year. The soccer team hosts Georgia State tonight at 7:00 PM CT at the Vanderbilt Soccer/Lacrosse Complex. Tonight’s game will be televised on the SEC Network+. Are we going to have a game thread? Hell yeah, we’re going to have a game thread.

Off the West End

The Pac-12 decided not to have football games kick off at 9:00 AM local time this season. That they had to give this any thought is ridiculous.

CBS Sports talks about the impact of the South on college football.

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From The Athletic ($): Path to the Playoff: The key games every week of the 2019 college football season; In the Playoff era, does championship or bust still resonate?; State of the Hoops Program: Ole Miss.

Tweet of the Day

(Oh my God, this tweet has literally everything.)

Scoreboard

MLB: Reds 4, Padres 2 ... Rays 7, Mariners 5 ... White Sox 4, Twins 0 ... Rockies 7, Diamondbacks 2 ... Rangers 8, Angels 7 ... Orioles 8, Royals 1 ... Nationals 11, Pirates 1 ... Mets 4, Indians 3 ... Phillies 5, Red Sox 2 ... Braves 5, Marlins 0 ... Brewers 5, Cardinals 3 ... Cubs 12, Giants 11 ... Tigers 2, Astros 1 ... A’s 6, Yankees 4 ... Dodgers 2, Blue Jays 1.

PGA Tour: The Tour Championship starts today (with TV coverage on the Golf Channel from 12-5 this afternoon), and this has to be the stupidest idea I have ever heard of, with current points leader Justin Thomas starting the tournament at 10-under. What exactly was wrong with the old “money list”?

And, there is your daily “Tom is actually 60 years old” comment.