Derek Mason’s pregame message to the Commodores (3-4, 1-3 SEC) before Missouri (4-4, 1-4) has been revealed. It clearly was the fire behind Vanderbilt’s first conference win.
The coach believes in his team wholeheartedly, even with No. 18 Houston (7-0) next up on the schedule. The Commodores go into Saturday’s game as the 21 point underdog (Oddshark), but with a new dual-quarterback system, the tide may be changing for Vanderbilt. Mason is excited to travel to the lone star state, especially after receiving a commitment from 3-star offensive lineman Braden Kopp (Houston Christian) just two days ago.
Here are four things to know:
- Mason’s pregame speech really hit home with his players and inspired Vanderbilt to seize its first SEC victory with a win over Missouri. He made sure to speak from the heart and emphasize the importance of playing with heart, which is exactly what the Commodores did on Saturday.
- A Houston offensive lineman committed to Vanderbilt earlier this week. Yes, the same week Vanderbilt is flying to Texas to take on No. 18 Houston. Apparently, it was just a coincidence that Braden Kopp committed the same week Vandy will be playing in his hometown.
- Vanderbilt is excited to build upon its first SEC win. ESPN.com’s Sam Khan Jr. said Mason is looking forward to Vanderbilt’s potential. The ranked opponent on Saturday is a difficult one, but the new multiple quarterback system and relentless defense give the Commodores a chance to compete.
- Vanderbilt’s defense has not only improved greatly from last season, but it has also managed to slow up top-15 offenses. The Tennessean’s Adam Sparks believes the Commodores have been tested by more high-scoring offenses than any other top-notch defense in college football.
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