Ouch! The Vanderbilt Commodores are licking their wounds after suffering their worst loss in 23 years.
There is no way to unsee what No. 1 Alabama did to Vanderbilt on Saturday, punishing the Commodores 59-0 in their own stadium. It’s the worst defeat for Vanderbilt since a 65-0 loss to Tennessee in 1994.
“I was outcoached [Saturday],” Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said. “We were outclassed.”
After the defeat, SEC Country Power Poll voters slotted the Commodores at No. 9, down from No. 6 last week. Vanderbilt had opened the 2017 season at No. 13 and improved to No. 11 after Week 2.
There were no statistical bright spots for Vanderbilt (3-1, 0-1 SEC) in the Alabama game. The Commodores were outgained by nearly 600 yards in total offense, 677-78. Not counting forfeits, the Commodores’ most recent win over Alabama was a 30-21 victory in 1984.
Mason and his players would be wise to turn the page on this game quickly, and it appears they plan to do that.
“I’m not going to fall into the abyss,” Mason said after the game.
The next opportunity arrives Saturday when the Commodores play at Florida (2-1, 2-0), which is ranked No. 21 nationally and No. 4 in the SEC Country Power Poll. The Gators rallied from a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Kentucky 28-27 on Saturday.
In the first three games of the season, Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmur threw for 703 yards and 8 touchdowns without an interception on 49-of-69 passing. Against Alabama, Shurmur threw for 18 yards and an interception on 4-of-15 passing. He will look to get back on track next week against a Florida defense that allows 232 passing yards per game.
Check back each Sunday night to see where Vanderbilt sits in the latest SEC Country Power Poll.
Your Week 4 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (13 - 1)||351||27||1||1||1|
|2||Georgia (13 - 2)||324||0||2||2||2|
|3||Auburn (10 - 4)||291||0||4||3||5|
|4||Florida (4 - 7)||257||0||5||3||7|
|5||Mississippi State (9 - 4)||242||0||3||3||8|
|6||LSU (9 - 4)||196||0||7||4||10|
|7||Kentucky (7 - 6)||181||0||8||5||11|
|8||Texas A&M (7 - 6)||151||0||12||5||14|
|9||Vanderbilt (5 - 7)||115||0||6||5||13|
|10||Tennessee (4 - 8)||111||0||9||5||13|
|11||South Carolina (9 - 4)||101||0||10||8||13|
|12||Arkansas (4 - 8)||78||0||11||4||13|
|13||Ole Miss (6 - 6)||54||0||13||9||14|
|14||Missouri (7 - 6)||5||0||14||10||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)
Hale McGranahan (SEC Country)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Kyle Tucker (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Griffith (SEC Country)
Seth Emerson (DawgNation)
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)