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    following, should be a bit of an uphill battle in that conference.

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    Finish those exams so we can get an update.

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    Thanks guys. No update today but tomorrow I should.

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    Still waiting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh(FAM) View Post
    Still waiting.
    It's coming. Been studying more than I expected all week and mostly been playing FM. I'll update this soon, hopefully on Friday.

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    Unfortunately I don't think this is going to materialize, I've been playing CH2K8 instead so going to do a chise with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh(FAM) View Post
    Maybe I'll do both, I don't know yet. We'll see.

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    oh we back back back back

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    CFB Preview 2016 - Vanderbilt Commodores


    Above: Head coach Derek Mason finds himself in a tough position as Vanderbilt enters the 2016 season.


    CFB Preview 2016 - Vanderbilt Commodores
    Mitch Collins - www.cfn.scout.com

    Head coach: Derek Mason (3rd year)

    Ten Best Vanderbilt Players
    1. LB Zach Cunningham, Jr.
    2. RB Ralph Webb, Jr.
    3. CB Torren McGaster, Sr.
    4. LT Andrew Jelks, Sr.
    5. DT Adam Butler, Sr.
    6. LB Oren Burks, Jr.
    7. DE Jonathan Wynn, Jr.
    8. LB Landon Stokes, Jr.
    9. DE Dare Obeyingo, Soph.
    10. LB Nigel Bowden, Jr.

    2016 Schedule
    Week 1 vs. Ole Miss
    Week 2 at Georgia Tech
    Week 3 at South Carolina
    Week 4 at Western Kentucky
    Week 5 vs. Louisiana-Monroe
    Week 6 vs. Missouri
    Week 7 OPEN DATE
    Week 8 vs. Georgia
    Week 9 at Texas A&M
    Week 10 vs. Wyoming
    Week 11 at Florida
    Week 12 vs. Kentucky
    Week 13 at Tennessee

    After James Franklin, who brought Vanderbilt football the most sustained success it had had since Bill Clinton was in office, bolted for a difficult Penn State job, the Commodores were left in a tough spot. The hiring of experienced Stanford defensive coordinator and Jim Harbaugh understudy Derek Mason was supposed to be the spark the Commodores needed to keep their success going.

    Two years later, and both Franklin and Mason find themselves to varying degrees in trouble of losing their job. While Franklin has failed to satisfy the winning-hungry Penn State fanbase, Mason has struggled to do just about anything in Nashville. And while the 2015 season was an improvement over a disastrous first year, Mason's offense still has not played up the level needed to be a contender in the SEC.

    And, to be fair, that's not necessarily Mason's fault. Always a defensive mind, his Vanderbilt defense has lived up to the standards expected. The Commodores won low-scoring contests in 2015, many of them. But when faced with another strong defense, Mason's defense couldn't do enough to mismatch his weak offense.

    But with three teams in the SEC East breaking in new hires, rival Kentucky looming with all sorts of problems, and question marks surrounding Florida and Tennessee, there is no better opportunity than now for Mason to try and work his magic on the offensive side of the ball in the East.

    Asking Mason to go out and make it to Atlanta in year 3 is obviously far-fetched. But asking him to improve upon an admittedly weak 2015 and cool down his seat would be pretty reassuring for Vanderbilt fans.

    What to look for on offense: A strong running game. Junior Ralph Webb ran for over 1000 yards last season and improved his yards-per-carry. Look for speedy sophomore Josh Crawford to make an impact in the third-down game.

    What to look for on defense: A strong presence over the middle. While the secondary remains a looming question for Mason, there is no doubt the strength of this team will come in the middle linebacker and defensive tackle corps. Zach Cunningham, Adam Butler, Oren Burks and Torey Agee combined for over 16 sacks last season. This number could rise in 2016.

    This team will be much better if… quarterback play improves. It's been a long time since Jay Cutler made Dudley Field his stomping grounds, and Vanderbilt has been searching for a stud QB ever since. Sophomore Kyle Shurmur may not be a star yet, but his arm strength and strong legs make him a dual threat that many defenses will need to watch out for when Vanderbilt turns away from the run.

    The Schedule: Is very rough. In the first six weeks, Vanderbilt only has one real "gimme" game (a home game against Louisiana-Monroe). Opening at home would be great in most years, except they'll be opening against a hungry Ole Miss team looking to make a huge statement in 2016. Visits to Georgia Tech and Western Kentucky may not seem difficult on paper, but Vanderbilt has struggled on the road in recent years. The other SEC West team on the schedule is Texas A&M at Kyle Field, and the Commodores also have to visit both Florida and Tennessee late in the year. Home games against Kentucky, Missouri and Wyoming should give some opportunities for wins, but if Mason wants to make an improvement over 2015, he will have to win games Vanderbilt is not expected to win.

    Best Offensive Player: Junior running back Ralph Webb. Offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig loves to run the ball, and Webb, a strong-legged junior, is the perfect man to run the offense from the backfield. He made huge strides behind a weak offensive line in 2015, and should have a chance to break 1250 yards if all goes well.

    Best Defensive Player: Junior linebacker Zach Cunningham. Cunningham is a James Franklin recruit who blossomed under Mason possibly far more than he ever could have under Franklin, to the point of All-American votes and second round grades from NFL teams. An explosive defender with both his feet and his hands, Cunningham excels both in zone coverage and against the run. Expect him to put up big numbers in what will likely be his last year in college.

    Key player to a successful season: Junior defensive end Jonathan Wynn. While Vanderbilt will clearly be strong up the middle, question marks remain for an experienced outer defensive line. Wynn made monumental strides in 2015, and even blocked a punt early in the season. He will be key in defending the run for Mason's defense.

    The season will be a success if ... Vanderbilt wins the games they need to, and a few more. A home game against Georgia mid-season is a good opportunity to steal away a big victory. Georgia Tech will be coming off one of the worst seasons in program history when they host the Commodores in week two. Mason and his team will have to be careful not to slip up in the games they are favorites in, but also take a few away that they aren't supposed to.

    Key game: Week 6 versus Missouri. The Tigers were one of the victims of Vanderbilt's defense at its peak in 2015, mustering just three points at their own field. This year, they'll travel to Nashville with a new coach and a new attitude at a key point in the conference season. This game could decide how the rest of the SEC slate goes for Vandy.


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