Optional Musical Accompaniment
Recaps of yesterday’s game:
Kansas City Star: Vanderbilt’s Sarah Fuller makes history but Mizzou romps
I do not know why I am annoyed by all of this. Not by the Sarah Fuller story itself, but by the fact that Vanderbilt getting blown out — again — is just sort of an afterthought. In fact, the 41-0 margin is Vanderbilt’s worst of the season; it’s also the first time all season the Commodores have been shut out, and this came after a four-game run in which the offense averaged 22.5 points — hardly great, but it seemed to be turning a corner after a rough start.
As they say, however, sunshine is the best disinfectant. I noted last Sunday that the way that Vanderbilt gets covered by the national media — they’re overmatched, but they’re trying! — is an interesting spin that doesn’t jibe with what people who watch the team every week see. Steven Godfrey at Banner Society wrote this on Friday, before the game, and I didn’t see it until last night:
Right now, the expectation among agents and coaches is that the Vanderbilt job will not open after 2020. The Commodores are currently 0-7, and spent a portion of this arrested season just trying to field enough players to have a game. Still, they’ve been far better in their last three losses (38-17 vs. Florida and one-score defeats against Mississippi State and Kentucky) than in early season blowouts to LSU and South Carolina.
And I don’t think you could watch the game yesterday and come to this conclusion. That was a team that had no business being on the field with an SEC team. Whatever happened to the team between the Florida game and yesterday, you couldn’t have watched yesterday’s game and concluded that Vanderbilt needs to retain its coaching staff. Not when tweets such as these were flying from members of the national college football media:
So many people rooting for @VandyFootball today. So many people learning how hard that is.— Dana O'Neil (@DanaONeilWriter) November 28, 2020
It’s exhausting watching Vanderbilt— Barrett Sallee (@BarrettSallee) November 28, 2020
Vandy punted.— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) November 28, 2020
And yes, we get it. The facilities. But that doesn’t explain this turd of a football game. Somehow, the state of the Vanderbilt football program is not the story today.
SEC Basketball Schedule
Bad Gambling Advice: Yesterday: 1-2 ATS, 3-0 totals; Season to date: 6-6-1 ATS, 7-6 totals
South Carolina vs. Tulsa (12:00 PM CT, ESPN2): South Carolina -1, Over 139.5
Richmond at Kentucky (12:00 PM CT, ESPN): Richmond +8, Under 144.5
Florida A&M at Georgia (1:00 PM CT, SEC Network): Georgia -19, Over 139.5
New Orleans at Texas A&M (2:00 PM CT, SEC Network+): New Orleans +21, Over 140