Vanderbilt-Georgia Preview Capsule

Updated: September 20, 2012, 12:44 PM ET
Associated Press

Vanderbilt (1-2, 0-1 SEC) at No. 5 Georgia (3-0, 1-0 SEC), 7:45 p.m. (ESPN2)

Line: Georgia by 15½.

Series record: Georgia leads 52-18-2.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Georgia begins a stretch of seven straight SEC games and simply cannot afford a loss with tougher opponents such as South Carolina and Florida lurking on the schedule. Vanderbilt coach James Franklin has received plenty of praise for changing the team's losing attitude, but he needs a signature win. The Commodores haven't beaten a ranked SEC team since 2008 and they've lost 16 of 17 meetings against the Bulldogs.

KEY MATCHUP

Georgia OLB Jarvis Jones vs. Vanderbilt's offensive line. Jones rested up a nagging groin injury last week and is expected to be back on the field against the Commodores. They must do a better job than Missouri did two weeks ago against one of the nation's top defensive players. Jones was a one-man wrecking crew with two sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception that he nearly brought back for a touchdown.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Vanderbilt: QB Austyn Carta-Samuels. Took over the starting role last week and guided the Commodores to 605 yards of offense in a 58-0 rout of lower-division Presbyterian. A transfer from Wyoming, where he started two years, Carta-Samuels completed 13 of 20 passes for 195 yards. The former starter, Jordan Rodgers (younger brother of Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers), could also get some playing time.

Georgia: LB Amarlo Herrera. He's gotten a chance to play while LB Alec Ogletree serves a suspension, and the sophomore has sure made the most of it. Herrera had a team-leading 10 tackles against Missouri, and he returned an interception for a touchdown in last week's victory over Florida Atlantic.

FACTS & FIGURES

Georgia is expected to play one more game without two suspended defensive starters, All-American S Bacarri Rambo and LB Alec Ogletree. ... After last year's game, Franklin and Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham got into a confrontation on the field. Both coaches downplayed any bad blood carrying over to Saturday's game. "It's really not a big deal," Grantham said. ... Georgia is averaging 47.3 points a game and has scored more than 40 points in each of its first three contests for the first time in school history. ... Vanderbilt RB Zac Stacy has moved into third place on the school's career rushing list with 2,260 yards, trailing Frank Mordica (2,632) and Carl Woods (2,490). ... The Commodores are averaging 208.7 yards passing and 191 yards rushing.


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