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Vanderbilt vs. Georgia 12/5/2020 College Football Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Vanderbilt visits Georgia on 12/5/2020 at 4:00PM.

Vanderbilt and Georgia face off in an important game for both teams as every game in this shortened season with limited or no fans in attendance means more. Vanderbilt has a record of 0-8 this season. Georgia is 6-2 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Vanderbilt Team Defense Preview

Vanderbilt has had 73 defensive drives in non-garbage time minutes and they yield 5.48 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive opponents run, but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. Offensives should lick their lips given their inability to stop anyone, this is one of the worst defenses in the country. The Defensive Coordinator coaching search threads on Vanderbilt message boards are flights of fantasy. Vanderbilt opponents pass the football 55.50% of the time.They are a team that faces a lot of Air Raid Offenses.

Vanderbilt is not doing anything particularly special as far as their ability to create negative yardage plays on the ground. How effective are opposing offensive lines given what we know about their ability to force negative yardage rushing plays? Vanderbilt can take credit for holding the offensive line of their opponent to 3.27 yards per carry. Sorry to say this about this front seven, but the best way to make an average offensive line look good is for them to face this horrid front seven. This is a team that is getting gashed too much for the tastes of their base. Linebackers are not stopping the bleeding well enough. Long breakout runs against this Defense are far too common. This is a very porous rushing defense that is incapable of preventing a situation where their safeties chase down a running back or quarterback.

This is not a disruptive Defense and they get pushed over way too easily. Perhaps they are too vanilla with playcalling. This front seven is simply unable to make an impact, something must change or else the problems will repeat. Vanderbilt is better at stopping the run than the pass this season.

Vanderbilt Team Offense Preview

Vanderbilt has had 69 total drives this season and they generate 6.13 plays per drive. When you are among the best at plays per drive, you are certainly a team that aims to wear down the opposition with a high play count or with long, physical grinding drives that eat up a lot of clock. We need to find out more here when it comes to Vanderbilt. Struggles to get ahead of the chains and convert on third and fourth down are common, the offense can stagnate. Vanderbilt passes the football 49.88% of the time.Relatively speaking, this is a team that favors run/pass balance.

Vanderbilt is not doing anything particularly special as far as their ability to avoid negative yardage plays on the ground. Based on the Adjusted Line Yards metric, which measures the amount of credit that should be ascribed to the offensive line for a rushing play, they average 2.72 yards per carry. So what does this mean? It means that the offensive line has been incredibly disappointing in their contribution to the ground game. When it comes to getting to that second level where linebackers have not crashed down on the line of scrimmage, they are getting stopped with ease. The breakout rushing plays are simply not happening, it is a massive reach to expect this team to bust out big rushing plays.

Defenses have been able to impose their will on the Vanderbilt Offense this season. Front sevens of opposing defenses are causing a lot of problems. Vanderbilt is a better passing team than running team this season.

Georgia Team Defense Preview

Georgia has had 89 defensive drives in non-garbage time minutes and they yield 5.48 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive opponents run, but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. Georgia has a generally average defense. Nothing too special about it, but they are capable of rising up when needed. Passing plays make up 58.61% of their opponents’ play calls.They are a team that faces a lot of Air Raid Offenses.

Defenses want to stop offenses from getting into a 3rd Down where the options are plentiful. Unfortunately, this defense is too porous to limit those choices. Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 2.59 yards per carry. Opponent offensive lines have been simply unable to support their running games against this defense. When it comes to getting to that second level, running backs are getting stopped. This defense does not allow themselves to be gashed. The breakout rushing plays are simply not happening, it is a massive reach to expect this team to give up big rushing plays.

This Defense has had average success disrupting the flow of the opposing offense.. Getting more granual into the front seven and their ability to cause trouble, they are just average in this regard. Georgia is better at stopping the run than the pass this season.

Georgia Team Offense Preview

Georgia has had 86 drives in non-garbage time minutes and they average 5.81 plays per drive. Georgia runs a lot of plays per drive and this could wear an opposing defense down. Georgia is an average offense when it comes to staying ahead of the chains, getting into 3rd and Short scenarios, and converting on 3rd and 4th Down. Georgia passes the football 48.20% of the time.Relatively speaking, this is a team that favors run/pass balance.

Move the pile forward, falling forward, making progress, ensuring north-south running, smart Quarterback reads, well-adjusted alignments to ensure leverage, and an offensive line that is getting a great push forward are cornerstones of this offense. How effective is the offensive line given what we know about their ability to prevent negative yards on rushing plays? More than you think, thanks to the Adjusted Line Yards metric. Georgia can take credit for 3.32 yards per carry. This is an elite offensive line when it comes to generating a push for the running game. They know how to create creases for running backs to break loose. Playing 7 in a box may not be enough for opposing defenses, this is a great O-Line. This is also a team that is getting to the second-level in an average fashion. Offensive line and running backs are average in this regard. They feature a relatively average explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play, but it is not something to count on from them.

Defenses have had average success disrupting the flow of the Georgia Offense. Georgia is among the best in the country at keeping defensive front sevens at bay. Opposing defenses need their secondary players to step up and cause trouble in order for this Offense to be disrupted. Georgia has shown themselves to be a better running team than passing team this season.

The Vanderbilt Roster

The Players to Watch for Vanderbilt

Ken Seals QB 6-3 218

This season, Ken Seals has put up 1689 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has thrown 9 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 128.9thus far this season. Ken Seals has thrown 9 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Ken Seals has -33.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 5.71 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 38.0 times this season, which puts him in the 77.3 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 0.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Keyon Brooks RB 6-1 200

This season, Keyon Brooks has 438 rushing yards on 100 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 2 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Keyon Brooks picked up 239 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 25 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Cam Johnson WR 6-0 198

This season, Cam Johnson picked up 481 yards. He caught the ball 49 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 2 receiving touchdowns this season.

Dayo Odeyingbo DL 6-6 276

The leading tackler among Defensive Ends for Vanderbilt, Dayo Odeyingbo has 32 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 8 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 96.73 percentile among Defensive Ends. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 6 times this season, which put him in the 98.23 percentile among all Defensive Ends in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Anfernee Orji S 6-2 224.0

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Vanderbilt, Anfernee Orji had 53 tackles which puts him in the 96.76 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 32.62 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Anfernee Orji as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes this season, which puts him in the 38.31 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Jaylen Mahoney CB 5-11 185

Considered the leading tackler among Cornerbacks for Vanderbilt, Jaylen Mahoney had 49 tackles which puts him in the 98.83 percentile among Corners. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 2 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 92.38 percentile among Corners. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Jaylen Mahoney as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes this season, which puts him in the 37.54 percentile among Corners this season.

The Georgia Roster

The Players to Watch for Georgia

Stetson Bennett QB 5-11 190

This season, Stetson Bennett has put up 1167 yards and 8 touchdowns. He has thrown 6 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 129.0thus far this season. Stetson Bennett has thrown 6 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Stetson Bennett has 54.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 64.6 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 24.0 times this season, which puts him in the 64.13 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 2.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Zamir White RB 6-0 215

This season, Zamir White has 614 rushing yards on 121 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 9 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Zamir White picked up 32 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 5 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Kearis Jackson WR 6-0 200

This season, Kearis Jackson picked up 455 yards. He caught the ball 32 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 3 receiving touchdowns this season.

Warren Brinson DT 6-4 305

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Georgia, Warren Brinson has 2 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 0 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 24.54 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 33.72 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Devonte Wyatt DL 6-3 301

The leading tackler among Defensive Ends for Georgia, Devonte Wyatt has 21 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 0 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 21.41 percentile among Defensive Ends. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 30.46 percentile among all Defensive Ends in College Football. He has forced 0 fumbles this season.

Lewis Cine DB 6-1 185.0

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Georgia, Lewis Cine had 45 tackles which puts him in the 94.18 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 1 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 73.47 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Lewis Cine as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes this season, which puts him in the 38.31 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Jalen Kimber CB 6-0 170

Considered the leading tackler among Cornerbacks for Georgia, Jalen Kimber had 2 tackles which puts him in the 18.04 percentile among Corners. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss this season, which puts him in the 35.19 percentile among Corners. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Jalen Kimber as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0 passes this season, which puts him in the 37.54 percentile among Corners this season.

Vanderbilt vs. Georgia Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Vanderbilt 8 Georgia 38

Spread Pick: Vanderbilt +36 -108 Heritage
Moneyline Pick: Georgia -4158 SportsInteraction
Total Pick: Under 54 -108 5Dimes