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Game 5: UConn Huskies at Vanderbilt Commodores — Open Game Thread

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NCAA Football: Missouri at Vanderbilt Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

0-5
LOL (AP)
NR (Coaches)
129 (SP+)

October 2, 2021
6:30 PM CT
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1-3 (0-1)
NR (AP)
NR (Coaches)
125 (SP+)

Pregame Reading

So, here we are.

It’s October, and while it might not quite feel like an October night game — temperature in Nashville at kickoff is expected to be 75 degrees — well, the chance of rain at kickoff probably just ups the potential for bad football to be played tonight at Vanderbilt Stadium.

You know, not that we were expecting anything less. The Vanderbilt Commodores come into this game ranked 125th of 130 FBS teams in SP+, and 128th in Sagarin, and this is somehow better than tonight’s opponent. The Connecticut Huskies are 0-5 on the season, ranked 129th in SP+ (and they were ranked 130th before a weirdly competitive game against Wyoming last week, but the 24-22 final score was enough to push them ahead of New Mexico State), and they’re ranked 187th in Sagarin. The Huskies are getting outscored by an average of 27.4 ppg, which is more than the 24.3 that Vanderbilt is getting outscored by, and the Huskies don’t even have the excuse of having played Georgia. Hell, they lost to Holy Cross.

Basically, if Vanderbilt doesn’t win tonight, 1-11 here we come. Have fun, expect to win.