In a single bound, Vanderbilt has leaped over its intrastate rival in the SEC Country Power Poll and evoked a treasured piece of music history.
The Commodores (5-7, 1-7 SEC) romped past Tennessee, 42-24, at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday. The win allows Vandy to escape last place in our poll, with the Volunteers (4-8, 0-8) supplanting the Commodores in the No. 14 spot. In doing so, they inspire memories of the legendary metal band Ratt and its seminal 1984 album, Out of the Cellar.
Before their win Saturday, the Commodores had gone round and round in a spiral of futility by losing their first seven SEC games of the season. Derek Mason was presumed to be on the hot seat prior to the win. But by retaining bragging rights in the rivalry, Vandy is likely to invite the coach back for more in 2018.
Vandy sealed arguably the worst year in program history for the Vols, who had never before lost as many as eight games or gone winless in SEC play in a single season.
The Commodores also now have won four of their past six games against the Vols, a fact that must seem criminal in the eyes of Tennessee fans. Vandy quarterback Kyle Shurmur threw for 283 yards and 4 touchdowns without an interception on 20-of-31 passing, making Neyland Stadium his personal scene of the crime.
Vanderbilt running back Ralph Webb gashed Tennessee for 163 yards and 2 touchdowns. In the loss, the Volunteers undoubtedly learned a lesson: You’re in trouble if you allow 529 total yards to the opposing offense.
The Commodores began the season ranked No. 13 in the SEC Country Power Poll and climbed as high as No. 6 after beating Kansas State to improve to 3-0 on Sept. 16. They dropped to No. 9 after losing 59-0 to Alabama in Week 4 and skidded to No. 11 after a 38-24 loss at Florida in Week 5.
Vandy remained at No. 11 after a 45-14 loss to Georgia in Week 6, then slipped to No. 13 after losing to Ole Miss in Week 7. The Commodores remained at No. 13 for five weeks before slipping to last place with a loss to Missouri in Week 12.
Your Week 13 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Auburn (10 - 4)||286||22||2||1||1|
|2||Alabama (13 - 1)||256||0||1||2||3|
|3||Georgia (13 - 2)||250||0||3||2||3|
|4||LSU (9 - 4)||220||0||5||4||4|
|5||Mississippi State (9 - 4)||187||0||4||5||8|
|6||South Carolina (9 - 4)||162||0||6||5||10|
|7||Texas A&M (7 - 6)||151||0||7||5||10|
|8||Missouri (7 - 6)||133||0||8||5||10|
|9||Kentucky (7 - 6)||107||0||9||6||12|
|10||Ole Miss (6 - 6)||103||0||11||6||13|
|11||Florida (4 - 7)||63||0||10||8||13|
|12||Arkansas (4 - 8)||47||0||12||8||14|
|13||Vanderbilt (5 - 7)||36||0||14||11||13|
|14||Tennessee (4 - 8)||1||0||13||13||14|
This week's voters:
Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Andrew Astleford (SEC Country)
Ben Wolk (SEC Country)
Brandon Walker (SEC Country)
Chip Towers (DawgNation)
Chris Kirschner (SEC Country)
Christopher Walsh (SEC Country)
Eric Bolin (SEC Country)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Lauren Shute (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Griffith (SEC Country)
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)