Vanderbilt Commodores at South Carolina Gamecocks
This week is such an important game for our resurgent Commodores, and I cannot wait to see how ol' Bobby Johnson gets our boys fired up for this trip to his hometown.
With Vanderbilt's winning season in the balance (our current record is 4-3, 2-2), the Black and Gold have a chance to consolidate our bowl chances early (as opposed to waiting for the last minute to get the upset win against Tennessee, as I am now officially predicting).
After South Carolia this week, we have an open week, followed by Florida in Gainesville, Kentucky in Nashville, and the Big Arnge in Knoxville.
Our best bet at winning those games are as follows:
(2) South Carolina
Now please note that the difference between beating UT and UF is not that different except for the fact that our boys are usually up more for Tennessee than anyone else. And the West End Boys would like nothing more than to spoil the Vawls' bowl chances while consolidating theirs.
With all that said, there is (as coaches are wont to say) a lot of football to be played, and we'll have to see how the Dores come out against the Cocks this week.
Our friends over at Vandymania.com and Vandysports.com are fairly evenly split: the professional pickers are 2 for VU and 2 for USC. The fans themselves are mostly going homer with silly picks for Vandy.
A surprise came out of Gainesville, though, where usually-correct Pat Dooley (at the Gainesville Sun) picked the Dores to keep their hopes alive in what he's calling "The Bowl Bowl." Here's what he had to say:
VANDERBILT (4-3) AT SOUTH CAROLINA (3-3): We'll call this "The Bowl Bowl." The loser of this game is effectively eliminated from any bowl considerations considering the remaining schedules. The winner still has work to do. Vandy, 28-21.
Not a lot, but I like what he does have to say.
With him, then, and a certain ESPN picker, I'm going to go with my heart and hopes:
Go get 'em, Dores!