- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

No. 10 Georgia (1-0, 0-0 SEC) at Vanderbilt (0-1, 0-0 SEC), 3:30 p.m. (CBS)

Line: Georgia by 20 ½.

Series Record: Georgia leads 54-19-2.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

With a win, Georgia can take a step up in the SEC Eastern Division before hosting South Carolina. Vanderbilt needs to prove it can bounce back and fix mistakes that cost the Commodores a painful opening loss to start coach Derek Mason’s second season.

KEY MATCHUP

Georgia’s rushing offense against Vanderbilt’s defense. The Bulldogs ran for 243 yards in 50 minutes in the opener, averaging 6.8 yards per carry. Vanderbilt managed to slow down the nation’s leading passer in Brandon Doughty of Western Kentucky in the opener, pitching a shutout for 44 minutes. Now the Commodores have to show they can defend the run.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Georgia: RB Nick Chubb. The sophomore needed only 16 carries for 120 yards and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ opener, and he had 1,547 yards playing behind Todd Gurley.

Vanderbilt: QB Johnny McCrary. He threw for 217 yards for the fourth-best performance in the SEC in the opening weekend and helped Vandy roll up 393 yards, a performance the Commodores topped only once all last season. But McCrary also was intercepted twice in the end zone of a 14-12 loss to Western Kentucky.

FACTS & FIGURES

Georgia has won 18 of 20 games in this series. … Chubb has topped 100 yards rushing in nine straight games, most in the FBS. … More Commodores are from Georgia (18) than any other state with five likely to start on defense. … Vanderbilt has lost five straight games to ranked teams and haven’t beaten a Top 10 team since Oct. 20, 2007, when Commodores beat No. 6 South Carolina. … Georgia played 15 freshmen in the opener with CB Rico McGraw, a Nashville native, the only freshman starter.

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