Tough early schedule
Vanderbilt’s first three games are against Power 5 schools: Georgia, Purdue and LSU. Georgia ranks No. 3 in the preseason coaches poll and projects to occupy that spot in the AP media poll. Purdue defeated three ranked teams last season, possible evidence of a resurgence coming under coach Jeff Brohm. The Boilermakers signed a recruiting class ranked No. 25 in the nation in the 247Sports Composite. LSU ranks sixth in the coaches poll and projects as a preseason top-10 team in the media vote.
Three consecutive victories against Tennessee
Vandy defeated Tennessee, 38-13, last season, the Commodores’ third consecutive victory against the Volunteers. Vandy hadn’t accomplish that feat since 1923 and 1925-26.
The Commodores’ biggest name from Georgia is one of the better players on the team: tight end Jared Pinkney. He’s a senior from Norcross and Norcross High School. There are nine other players from Georgia on the Commodores’ roster. They are: Scott Meyer, a senior safety (Alpharetta/Blessed Trinity Catholic HS), Amir Abdur-Rahman, a sophomore wide receiver (Atlanta/Mays), Ben Bresnahan, a redshirt freshman tight end (Cumming/West Forsyth), Jonathan Stewart, a sophomore offensive lineman (Lawrenceville/Mountain View), Tre' Douglas, a redshirt freshman defensive back (McDonough/Eagle’s Landing Christian), Devin Cochran, a junior offensive lineman (Norcross/Greater Atlanta Christian), Keyon Brooks, a freshman running back (Powder Springs/Kennesaw Mountain), Elijah Hamilton, a junior defensive back (Roswell/Blessed Trinity Catholic) and Tae Daley, a junior defensive back (Warner Robins/Northside).
Notable about the rivalry
For the first time since 1956 Georgia and Vandy are meeting in the season opener for each team. That year Vandy won 14-0. The teams also opened their seasons against each other in 1952, a game Georgia won 19-7. Both games also took place in Nashville.
The last time against Georgia
Georgia defeated Vandy, 41-13, on Oct. 6, 2018, at Sanford Stadium. The victory kept the Bulldogs undefeated at 6-0 on their way to an 11-3 overall record. Also, Kirby Smart is 2-1 against the Commodores as Georgia's head coach. The Bulldogs lost to Vandy 17-16 in Athens in 2016 and won the past two games by a combined score of 83-27.
Georgia’s most frequent season-opening opponent is a tie between Clemson and Mercer. Georgia played Clemson to open the season from 1897-1899, 1903, 1946, 1982, 2002-03 and 2013-14. Mercer was the foe in 1892 (the Bulldogs’ first game ever), 1921, 1923-26, 1928, 1935-36 and 1941.