GEORGIA’S NEXT OPPONENT
When: 7:45 p.m. Saturday
Where: Sanford Stadium, Athens
TV; radio: ESPN2; 750, 95.5
Record: 1-2 (0-1 SEC)
Last meeting: In a game remembered for contentious play throughout and a confrontation between Vanderbilt coach James Franklin and Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham afterward, UGA won 33-28 in Nashville on Oct. 15, 2011.
Offense: Austyn Carta-Samuels, a junior who transferred to Vanderbilt last year after two seasons as a starter at Wyoming, is listed as the No. 1 quarterback on this week’s depth chart. He surprisingly started over senior Jordan Rodgers in last week’s 58-0 rout of Presbyterian, completing 13 of 20 passes for 195 yards. Franklin said he won’t decide on his starting QB vs. Georgia until perhaps Thursday. … Senior tailback Zac Stacy has 2,260 career rushing yards, an average of 5.5 per carry. … Junior wide receiver Jordan Matthews has 18 catches for 276 yards in Vandy’s first three games, including eight for 147 in a season-opening 17-13 loss to South Carolina.
Defense: Vanderbilt lost four defensive standouts from last season’s team but ranks fifth in the SEC and 16th nationally in scoring defense, allowing an average of 13.3 points per game. … Vandy held Northwestern to two field goals through three quarters on Sept. 8 but gave up 17 points in the fourth quarter to lose 23-13. … Senior cornerback Trey Wilson last week returned an interception 100 yards, his third career interception return for a touchdown. … Senior defensive tackle Rob Lohr has started 28 consecutive games.
Special teams: Senior Richard Kent is averaging 44.7 yards per punt this season. … Junior Carey Spear is 7-for-8 on field goals.
What you should know: Vanderbilt’s past five SEC losses, dating to the middle of last season, have been by six points or less. … Vandy hasn’t beaten a ranked opponent since 2008.
Coach: Franklin is in his second season at Vanderbilt, which is 7-9 (2-7 SEC) during his tenure.