2009 Total Offense Rank (yards per game): 110
2009 Total Defense Rank (yards per game): 56

After a miserable two win season in 2009, the Vanderbilt Commodores will try to revive a football program that not too long ago was thought to be on the rise. An abysmal offense, thanks to one of the worst passing attacks in the country, doomed the team from the start.

The Commodores ranked 119th last year in passing efficiency. Quarterback Larry Smith, who played in only nine games last year due to a hamstring injury, completed only 47% of his passes and threw more interceptions than touchdowns. He needs to find a way to improve his game for Vandy to have a chance this year.

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Yet even with a pitiful passing game, the Commodores running game excelled last year. Running back Warren Norman broke the Southeastern Conference (SEC) record for most yards from scrimmage for a freshman. While a majority of these yards came on special teams (three kick returns for touchdowns), he still managed almost 5.5 yards per carry. Teamed with fellow sophomore Zac Stacy, Vanderbilt has one of the best young running back combinations in college football.

Vandy’s defense was not too bad against the pass last year. Yet that was likely the case because opposing offenses knew they could run all over them. The Commodores gave up almost 200 yards per game on the ground in 2009, something they can ill afford to do again. The star of the defense is junior linebacker Chris Marve. After a remarkable 121 tackles last year, he became the first SEC player to record 100 tackles in each of his first two seasons.

2010 looks like it will be another disappointing season for the Commodores. They have some bright spots, but in the toughest conference in college football, they will be lucky to score even one conference win.

Vanderbilt’s odds to win the Southeastern Conference (SEC): +10000

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