Game-By-Game Predictions for Vanderbilt's 2014 Season
After back-to-back nine-win seasons for the first time in school history, expectations are obviously high for the new coach.
However, the players within the program have grown accustomed to winning (which has never been the case at Vandy), so they are more than capable of handling the pressure that comes along with that.
The Commodores will need to fill a few holes on both sides of the ball, but the biggest challenge will undoubtedly be replacing the playmaking ability on offense of wide receiver Jordan Matthews.
How will Vandy fare in Mason's first year on the job? Let's run through the schedule and predict how the 2014 season will play out for the Commodores.
8/28/14 - vs. Temple (WIN)
New head coaches like to get their first win right off the bat so that the pressure doesn't build up early on. Mason will be able to breathe easily after this win.
9/6/14 - vs. Ole Miss (LOSS)
The Commodores lost a heartbreaker to the Rebels in Nashville to open the 2013 season, so they'll be looking for revenge here. The problem is that, on paper, it looks like Ole Miss will be the better team. Hotty Toddy squeaks out another win in Music City.
9/13/14 - vs. Massachusetts (WIN)
After a tough loss to the Rebels, Vandy should rebound with an easy victory over the Minutemen. Get the backups ready for this one.
9/20/14 - vs. South Carolina (LOSS)
In case you haven't noticed the trend, the Commodores open with their first four games at home. It's a good thing that they get the Gamecocks at home, because Steve Spurrier's team is loaded with talent. Vandy will keep it interesting, but the upset won't happen.
9/27/14 - at Kentucky (WIN)
The game against the Wildcats will be much closer than it has been in recent years, but ultimately, the result will be the same. Mason lands his first SEC victory.
10/4/14 - at Georgia (LOSS)
The Commodores shocked everyone by beating Georgia last year. They can forget about that this year, as the Bulldogs look to be the best team in the East.
10/11/14 - vs. Charleston Southern (WIN)
Nothing like coming home to a nice blowout win after having to face one of the most talented teams in the nation the week before.
10/25/14 - at Missouri (LOSS)
It's hard to gauge what type of team Missouri will be. Maty Mauk is good enough at quarterback to lead them to a lot of victories, but he's lost a ton of weapons at wide receiver. The Tigers should do enough to win a tight one here.
11/1/14 - vs. Old Dominion (WIN)
Add another to the win column, and at this point, the Commodores will only be a win away from a fourth straight bowl appearance.
11/8/14 - vs. Florida (LOSS)
Vandy went into Gainesville last year and completely walloped Will Muschamp's team. With Muschamp's job on the line, I can't imagine Florida having another terrible season. The Gators will find a way to win this game.
11/22/14 - at Mississippi State (LOSS)
The Commodores will have a week off before traveling to Starkville, a place they haven't been all that successful in over the years. That theme will continue, as Dak Prescott and company will be too much to handle.
11/29/14 - vs. Tennessee (WIN)
With a fourth straight bowl game on the line, Vandy gets their in-state rival Tennessee. Could you ask for a better setup? The Commodores will rise to the challenge and go bowling once again by beating the Vols for the third season in a row.
Vanderbilt 2014 Projected Record: 6-6 (2-6)
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