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Thanks to Derek Mason’s knack for building a strong defense, Vanderbilt looks like a team that could compete in the SEC and give K-State its first real test of the season.

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Alabama A&M v Vanderbilt
This guy has thrown for 498 yards and 7 touchdowns without and interception through two games this season. That seems pretty good.
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Vanderbilt might not have the most impressive football history and if we’re being honest, the Commodores are still barely an afterthought, even in the relatively weak SEC East. But just two seasons after going winless in league play, they reached a bowl game last season and now Derek Mason wants to take another step forward in his third season. The Tennesseean’s beat writer, Adam Sparks, tells us there are plenty of signs of upward potential, and this Saturday’s game against Kansas State could be a good litmus test.

Quarterback Kyle Shurmur and running back Ralph Webb provide some punch on an offense surprisingly good through the air so far, while the defense has given up just six points in two games against Middle Tennessee State and Alabama A&M. Questions still remain, including the offensive line, but both on paper and on the field so far, this looks like a good, experienced football team with strong, disciplined coaching. Sound familiar?

We hope you’ll tune in for the football insights, then stick around for Adam’s recommendations on places to go in Nashville. Co-host Bracket Cat says he’s heard some 15,000 fans might be heading to the Music City, so if you’re in that group, we’re here to give you some tips. You can also give Adam a follow on Twitter at @adamsparks.

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