Where I come from, we have a saying we pull out around this time of year: SOV. It stands for "Same Old Vandy," because you can always count on a few things in life, such as death, taxes, and Vanderbilt being terrible.
But this ain't daddy's 'Dores. These boys can play, and after TSOWWDNS, it's not like a Commie win in Knoxville is still unprecedented. They've got Earl Bennett as we all know, but their vastly underrated defense is what's really worrisome to me.
Still, it's hard to shake the notion that somehow "behind every 'Dore is a Tennessee score" no longer applies. So in looking for reasons why Vandy has a real chance to beat the Vols, I was happy to find Vandy Sport Line's preview for the game, and keeping with Mr. Mayo's request for negativity, parsed below into 3 reasons Vanderbilt will beat Tennessee:
The danger a Vandy fan faces in evoking memories is that, of course, Peyton never lost to the 'Dores. But, those were better UT teams against weaker Vanderbilt sides (arguably). And other than a 65-0 woodshedding in 1994, the Commodores always kept it close against Manning.
You can worry that Vandy has seen everything Tennessee has to offer, and they'll be prepared if nothing else.
Could we get outschemed against Vandy? It happened against Bama, it happened in the second half against Spurrier. So it is something to worry about.
The paragraph quoted above does, however, ignore the fact that equal to the line's efforts in keeping Ainge upright is Ainge's own ability to get rid of the ball in a timely manner... but I went positive for a second there. Sorry.
I just want to mention that writing all of this is making me feel very, very dirty; and I hope that I'm very, very wrong. But my sacrifice to the gods of negativity won't be complete with out the following:
Vanderbilt 28, Tennessee 24. Show your gold!
Ugh. I need a shower.