Vanderbilt’s Week 5 home game against UConn is set for a 6:30 PM CT kickoff and will be televised on ESPNU, per a release from the SEC office.
After Vanderbilt lost to ETSU in its season opener, a lot of Vanderbilt fans fretted that the Commodores were probably headed for an 0-12 season, and I told y’all to relax and assured you that UConn is very, very bad. Like, has been shut out twice already this season (by Fresno State and Purdue) bad. Like, has been outscored 184-49 in four games this season bad. Like, this is an actual tweet that Bill Connelly sent out:
The 5 worst SP+ percentile ratings ever:— Bill Connelly (@ESPN_BillC) September 19, 2021
14,378. 1912 Samford (0.15%)
14,379. 1937 Wofford (0.14%)
14,380. 1925 Erskine (0.14%)
14,381. 1926 Erskine (0.06%)
14,382. 2021 UConn at this exact moment (0.04%)
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Possibly the worst FBS team of all time? Yeah, losing to them might be even more of a fireable offense than losing to ETSU was. Jeff Sagarin’s Predictor rating says that ETSU would be a 19-point favorite over UConn on a neutral field. His ratings say that Vanderbilt should be favored by 25. (His ratings also say that Vanderbilt is better than ETSU, which... well, okay, the Vanderbilt team we’ve seen the last two weeks is probably better than ETSU.)
As for the rest of the SEC Week 5 schedule, CBS went with the obvious choice of Ole Miss-Alabama for the afternoon timeslot. ESPN went with Arkansas-Georgia as its early game, then exercised the six-day option and will choose between Florida-Kentucky and Mississippi State-Texas A&M for the 5 PM CT timeslot — and then, gave LSU an 8 PM kickoff for a home game against Auburn.
The SEC Network will televise Tennessee-Missouri at 11 AM, Troy-South Carolina at 2:30, and then whichever game ESPN doesn’t pick for the late game.