On the heels of a fourth consecutive Vanderbilt loss, Commodores fans have to be thinking one thing:
Thank goodness for Missouri.
Vandy suffered a humbling 57-35 defeat at Ole Miss on Saturday, a disappointing result in a winnable game. Still, as bad as the Commodores have looked over the past month, they cannot supplant lowly Mizzou at the bottom of the SEC Country Power Poll.
Vanderbilt (3-4, 0-4 SEC) slipped two spots to No. 13 in this week’s rankings, protected from the cold cellar floor only by Missouri (1-5, 0-4). The Tigers, who were routed 53-28 at Georgia on Saturday, have held the No. 14 position every week this season.
A game against Ole Miss seemed like a perfect opportunity for Vandy to get back in the win column. The Rebels were ranked No. 13 in last week’s SEC Country Power Poll and had been outscored 110-26 by Alabama and Auburn in their two previous games.
Instead, Ole Miss (3-3, 1-2) rolled up 603 yards of total offense against a reeling Commodores defense that has allowed an average of 50 points per game in their four losses. Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmur threw for 174 yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception on 13-of-29 passing in the loss, and running back Ralph Webb added 163 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground. Rebels quarterback Shea Patterson racked up 351 yards and 4 touchdowns through the air on 22-of-35 passing without an interception.
The Commodores began the season 3-0 against nonconference opponents, including a win over Kansas State, which was ranked No. 18 in the nation at the time. Since then, Vandy has lost its first four games in SEC play.
Next up for the Commodores is a much-needed open date. After a week of recuperation, they will play at South Carolina on Oct. 28 and then face Western Kentucky, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee in subsequent weeks. The Commodores began the season ranked No. 13 in the SEC Country Power Poll and climbed as high as No. 6 after the win over Kansas State 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 last week.
Check back each Sunday night to see where Vanderbilt sits in the latest SEC Country Power Poll.
Your Week 7 Power Poll rankingsResults are below:
|1||Alabama (13 - 1)||325||25||1||1||1|
|2||Georgia (13 - 2)||300||0||2||2||2|
|3||Auburn (10 - 4)||255||0||3||3||5|
|4||Texas A&M (7 - 6)||253||0||4||3||7|
|5||LSU (9 - 4)||231||0||5||3||7|
|6||Mississippi State (9 - 4)||179||0||7||4||12|
|7||Kentucky (7 - 6)||165||0||8||6||9|
|8||Florida (4 - 7)||161||0||6||6||9|
|9||South Carolina (9 - 4)||151||0||9||6||10|
|10||Ole Miss (6 - 6)||77||0||13||9||13|
|11||Tennessee (4 - 8)||67||0||10||10||14|
|12||Arkansas (4 - 8)||65||0||12||9||13|
|13||Vanderbilt (5 - 7)||32||0||11||10||14|
|14||Missouri (7 - 6)||14||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)
Chris Kirschner (SEC Country)
Christopher Walsh (SEC Country)
Eric Bolin (SEC Country)
Hale McGranahan (SEC Country)
Jeff Sentell (DawgNation)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Mike Griffith (SEC Country)
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)