I got together with Christian D'Andrea of SB Nation's Vanderbilt blog Anchor of Gold to chat about this weekend's game. Here's what he had to say; questions are in bold. Be sure to check back to Anchor of Gold later today or tomorrow to see my answers to his his questions.
1. To what extent has the rape scandal has been a distraction to the team? How costly is it not to have WR Chris Boyd available?
2. James Franklin has led Vanderbilt to the most relevance it's enjoyed in the SEC during the modern era. What do you admire most about the job Franklin is doing in Nashville?
3. Vanderbilt played a cupcake this past weekend, but it opened with a tough opponent in Ole Miss and suffered a disappointing loss. What did you learn about Vanderbilt from that game?
Ultimately, this team showed a lot of heart and a lot of guts. The defense looked great in spurts and terrible in flashes, but overall they played encouraging football. Austyn Carta-Samuels will be fine at quarterback. However, there's still plenty of room to grow, and their performance against South Carolina will be a big indicator of just how the rest of 2013 will pan out.
4. On offense, Vanderbilt has one of the, if not the, best receiver in the SEC in Jordan Matthews, as well as another good receiver in Jonathan Krause. Vandy also has a solid corps of running backs. However, I'm not terribly familiar with new Vandy QB Austyn Carta-Samuels, and I'd also be curious to know your thoughts about what the strengths and weaknesses on the offensive line are. Tell us about both topics, and about how Vandy will seek to neutralize Jadeveon Clowney.
South Carolina 24, Vanderbilt 20