Saturday, October 6, 2007

Take an unwelcome step into the Wayback Machine

If Auburn continues to move the football at will, this game will end up as ugly as the Commodores' 2003 loss to the Tigers in Nashville. Photo by T. Van Emst & John Reed, Auburn University.
As I write, there is 3:29 left in the second quarter, the Auburn Tigers just scored their fourth unanswered touchdown, and it feels like we've taken a time machine back to 2003.

Chris Nickson just completed a pass to Earl Bennett for our first first-down since our opening drive; but then we get dropped for a loss and Chris muffs a pass. I talked a lot about gaining respect and how this team has proven that we are no longer SOV this week. I thought that going into this game against the Tigers that the Commodores had a good chance to upset them.

And I thought that my prediction was logical and based upon reasonable analysis: the Commodores usually play well on the road, our statistical comparison matched up well against Auburn, and there was a good chance that Auburn might be looking ahead and behind instead of looking straight at this game.

But at least to this point in the game, as the first half winds down, it doesn't look like the Commodores even deserve to be playing in the SEC.

Vanderbilt has double-digit total offensive yardage and Auburn has just broken through the 300-yards total mark against our supposedly second-ranked defense.

The question that you have to ask is what in the world is going on?

I can believe that Auburn is better than Vanderbilt; in fact, all week, I said that Auburn was better and that a Vanderbilt win against the Tigers would have to be considered an upset. But I did believe it was possible.

The problem with all that is the way that the Black-and-Gold are playing right now, I would legitimately give Hoover High School a good chance at getting the win over VU.

Vanderbilt has zero third-down conversions.

Earl Bennett has caught one pass.

And now it is halftime, and Vanderbilt has been shut out, 0-28.

What will the Commodores do in the second half? If Vanderbilt wants its fans to continue to believe that we have a chance to be the mid-level SEC competitor that we have all hoped and dreamed so hard for -- if we want to be the 6-6 (or better) team that gets invited to a bowl game -- then we have to come out of the locker room at half time and play 2007 Vanderbilt football.

Otherwise, this season may end just like the 2003 season: with our team back to being known as "same old Vanderbilt."


PhilipVU94 said...

I'm sorry you had to sit through that. I'm relieved I managed to escape with just hosting a group at Baumhower's; I was sorely tempted to go down.

Where do we go from here?

PhilipVU94 said...

Speechless, eh? I guess a lot of us are. :)

Hey, let's talk non-revs! Or hoops. Or baseball. Or something.