Vanderbilt-Alabama preview/ prediction

Mike Shula

Vanderbilt opens 2006 Southeastern Conference play on Saturday at Alabama (2:30 p.m. CST FoxSports South) VandyMania takes a look at the matchup and makes a prediction of the score.


Vanderbilt

VS.


Alabama

SiteBryant-Denny Stadium (92,138), Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Date/TimeSeptember 9, 2006, 2:30 PM CST
TelevisionFSNS / SUN
Radio Nashville WGFX 104.5-FM; Fayetteville WEKR 1240-AM; Memphis KWAN 990-AM; Nashville WNSR 560-AM; Chattanooga WDOD 1310-AM; Huntsville WTKI 1450-AM; Smithville WJLE 101.7-FM; Ardmore WSLV 1110-AM; Clarksville WJZM 1400-AM; Lewisburg WAXO 1220-AM; Smithville WJLE 1480-AM; Ashland City WQSV 790-AM; Columbia WMGC 810-AM; Manchester WFTZ 101.5-FM; Winchester WCDT 1340-AM
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General School/ Team Information
.AlabamaVanderbilt
NicknameCrimson TideCommodores
ColorsCrimson and WhiteBlack and Gold
Enrollment20,9696,272
ConferenceSEC West SEC East
Head CoachMike ShulaBobby Johnson
Coach's career record20-17 (20-17 at Alabama)71-72 (11-36 at VU)
Record1-00-1
Base offensePro SetMulti-set
Base defense4-34-3
Series Information
Series RecordAlabama leads, 57-19-4
First Meeting1903, VU 30-0
Last Meeting2002, UA 20-8

Alabama Schedule

Sep 2 Hawaii, W 25-17
Sep 9 Vanderbilt
Sep 16 Louisiana-Monroe
Sep 23 at Arkansas
Sep 30 at Florida
Oct 7 Duke
Oct 14 Mississippi
Oct 21 at Tennessee
Oct 28 Florida International
Nov 4 Mississippi State
Nov 11 at LSU
Nov 18 Auburn
Vanderbilt Schedule

Sep 2 at Michigan, L 27-7
Sep 9 at Alabama
Sep 16 Arkansas
Sep 23 Tennessee State
Sep 30 Temple
Oct 7 at Mississippi
Oct 14 at Georgia
Oct 21 South Carolina
Oct 28 at Duke
Nov 4 Florida
Nov 11 at Kentucky
Nov 18 Tennessee



Projected Alabama Starters

OFFENSE

LT 71 Andre Smith (6-4 348, Fr.)
LG 50 Justin Britt (6-4 290, Jr.)
C 59 Antoine Caldwell (6-4 288, So.)
RG 61 B.J. Stabler (6-4 295, Fr.)
RT 72 Chris Capps (6-7 283, Jr.)
TE 83 Travis McCall (6-2 264, So.)
QB 14 John Parker Wilson (6-2 209, So.)
RB 34 Kenneth Darby (5-11 215, Sr.)
FB 33 Le`Ron McClain (6-1 257, Sr.)
WR 81 Keith Brown (6-3 204, Jr.)
WR 22 DJ Hall (6-3 186, Jr.)
DEFENSE

RDE 94 Keith Saunders (6-3 248, Jr.)
RDT 96 Dominic Lee (6-2 289, Sr.)
LDT 99 Jeremy Clark (6-3 306, Sr.)
LDE 92 Wallace Gilberry (6-4 271, Fr.)
OLB 42 Juwan Simpson (6-3 226, Sr.)
MLB 56 Matt Collins (6-1 245, Jr.)
OLB 55 Terrance Jones (6-0 226, Sr.)
RCB 2 Simeon Castille (6-1 189, Jr.)
FS 20 Marcus Carter (6-0 200, Jr.)
SS 3 Jeffrey Dukes (6-2 199, Sr.)
LCB 1 Ramzee Robinson (5-10 196, Sr.)

Alabama Roster

Projected Vanderbilt Starters

OFFENSE

WR 10 Earl Bennett (6-1, 200 So.)
WR 82 Marlon White (6-4, 205 Sr.)
QB 3 Chris Nickson (6-1, 210 So.)
TB 22 Cassen Jackson-Garrison
(6-1, 225, Jr.)
FB 17 Steven Bright (6-4, 240, Sr.)
LT 74 Chris Williams (6-7, 307, So.)
LG 78 Josh Eames (6-5, 310, Jr.)
C 53 Hamilton Holliday (6-4, 290 Jr.)
RG 64 Merritt Kirchoffer (6-5, 315 So.)
RT 72 Brian Stamper (6-5, 305 Sr.)
TE 83 Brad Allen (6-4, 240 So.)
DEFENSE

DE 48 Curtis Gatewood (6-3, 230 Jr.)
DT 54 Theo Horrocks(6-4, 290, Jr.)
DT 94 Ray Brown (6-3, 305 Sr.)
DE 46 Chris Booker (6-4, 252 Sr.)
WLB 40 Kevin Joyce (6-3, 220 Sr.)
MLB 47 Jonathan Goff (6-4, 240 Jr.)
SLB 49 Marcus Buggs (5-11, 230 Jr.)
CB 34 Sean Dixon (6-0, 186, Sr.)
SS 33 Reshard Langford (6-2, 218 So.)
FS 12 Ryan Hamilton (6-1, 205 Fr.*)
CB 14 Josh Allen (5-9, 184 So.)

Vanderbilt Roster

Statistics Comparision

CategoryVandyAlabama
Scoring Offense 7.025.0
Scoring Defense 27.0 17.0
Total Offense 171.0 378.0
Rushing Offense 42.0 125.0
Passing Offense 129.0 253.0
Total Defense 381.0372.0
Rushing Defense 246.0 22.0
Passing Defense 135.0 350.0

Complete Statistical Comparison

VandyMania Prediction

Both teams played poorly offensively in their first game. Alabama did better but faced a weaker defense in friendly confines. Vandy could win but its more likely that the Tide will win a low scoring game.

Alabama 17
Vanderbilt 13

Other Links:

Bryant-Denny Stadium information
Official Alabama Site
Scout.com Alabama Site
Official Vanderbilt Site
Scout.com Vanderbilt Site
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