=== Georgia seeks redemption in SEC tussle with Vanderbilt ===
 
 Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Still looking for their first SEC victory
 of the season, the Vanderbilt Commodores will continue their three-game
 homestand on Saturday afternoon against the 15th-ranked Georgia Bulldogs.
 
 Few teams in the nation have endured a more strenuous first-half schedule than
 has Georgia, and while it has a 4-2 record with a pair of outstanding
 victories over South Carolina (41-30) and LSU (44-41), its two losses to
 Clemson (38-25) and most recently Missouri (41-26) has all but spoiled its
 chances of making a run at the national championship game.
 
 "The best thing to do right now is get ready to play Vanderbilt and try to get
 a victory there," Georgia head coach Mark Richt said following the upset
 defeat at the hands of Missouri. "It's been tough to be able to do that,
 especially the last time we were there it was quite the game. We've just got
 to try and take care of that business and then the open date we could probably
 see how the dust is settling prior to the Florida game (on Nov. 2)."
 
 Vanderbilt has been perhaps the SEC's most disappointing team this season.
 Although it has won half its games, it has gone winless in three opportunities
 in the league. The Commodores also fell victim to the surging Missouri Tigers
 in their latest bout, getting manhandled on their own field on Oct. 5 in a
 51-28 setback.
 
 Georgia has a firm handle on the all-time series with Vanderbilt, 53-18-2,
 which includes a 48-3 beat down of the 'Dores in Athens last season.
 
 Georgia's offense has been as advertised this season as one of the best in the
 country, putting up 37.5 ppg and 517.3 ypg, but with several of its key
 players hurt against Missouri last week, it struggled to find the end zone.
 
 The Bulldogs suffered a couple of season-ending injuries this season to RB
 Keith Marshall and WRs Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley, while fellow
 receivers Michael Bennett and Jonathan Rumph are also dinged up and missed the
 Missouri game. The most crucial loss, however, has been to Todd Gurley (450
 yards, four TDs), who has missed the last two contests with an ankle injury
 and remains without a definite timetable for his return.
 
 "I think what we want is a really healthy Todd Gurley," Richt said. "We want
 him to be at his best. We don't want him to go without being full speed
 because if you do it's not safe for him and it also can cause another setback
 that could sit him down even longer. Whenever he looks healthy enough and
 feels healthy enough we'll play him. Whether it's this week or not, I don't
 know if that's a big factor."
 
 Without his full arsenal of weapons, Aaron Murray struggled against Missouri,
 and even though he finished with 290 yards and three touchdowns, he completed
 25-of-45 pass attempts and threw a pair of picks. His season has still been
 fantastic, as he has thrown for 304.0 ypg with 20 touchdowns (three rushing)
 against only five interceptions.
 
 In the absence of Gurley and Marshall, J.J. Green has stepped up as the
 featured back with 281 yards (8.3 ypc) and a touchdown. Brendan Douglas (134
 yards, TD) also figures in the mix.
 
 Murray's healthiest receiver is Chris Conley, who leads the way in receptions
 (25), yards (378) and touchdowns (two). Tight end Arthur Lynch also gets
 involved with 13 receptions, 205 yards and two scores.
 
 The Bulldogs defense has been a disaster this season. No matter how many
 points the offense scores, the defensive unit is capable of allowing just as
 much (33.7 ppg, 399.0 ypg).
 
 Ramik Wilson has a team-high 61 tackles, with 4.5 of those coming behind the
 line of scrimmage. Ray Drew (5.0 sacks) and Leonard Floyd (4.0 sacks) create
 an effective pass-rush. The unit has not been very opportunistic, forcing only
 five turnovers through six games.
 
 Despite its lackluster record through the first half of the season,
 Vanderbilt's offense is in the midst of its most productive campaign in school
 history, as it is scoring 33.7 ppg on 425.0 ypg, and is on pace to break last
 season's school record of 390 points.
 
 Austyn Carta-Samuels runs the offense, and while he has made some mistakes
 with six interceptions, he's been largely productive in completing 66.1
 percent of his passes for 1,561 yards with 15 touchdowns (five rushing).
 
 Carta-Samuels has the luxury of throwing to Jordan Matthews, who has
 established himself as one of the nation's best receivers. Matthews ranks
 seventh in the country in receptions (47) and fifth in yards (709), while
 scoring five times, and the senior has amassed 100 yards receiving in five of
 six games this season and 15 times in his career.
 
 With opposing defenses keying in on Matthews, Jonathan Krause is able to take
 advantage of one-one-one opportunities, turning 24 catches into 430 yards and
 two touchdowns.
 
 Jerron Seymour and Wesley Tate both get work out of the backfield. Seymour has
 rushed for 351 yards and six scores on 59 attempts and Tate has 62 carries for
 271 yards and four touchdowns. The duo can also be trusted as receivers with a
 combined 23 catches.
 
 After establishing itself as one of the SEC's most sturdy defenses in recent
 years, Vanderbilt has struggled on that side of the ball this season, allowing
 26.5 ppg and 390.0 ypg.
 
 "We are running the same defense we've run for the last three years, (but) we
 need to take a look at our personnel," Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin
 said. "Play younger guys or different guys. We have issues at certain
 positions."
 
 Kenny Ladler leads the way with 49 tackles and a forced fumble, while Caleb
 Azubike chips in 6.5 TFL and 2.0 sacks. The unit has been without one of its
 best players in linebacker Chase Garnham (84 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 6.5 sacks in
 2012) since early September with a leg injury.
 
 
 
 10/16 10:45:44 ET