(Eds: With AP Photos.) By TERESA M. WALKER AP Sports Writer The Vanderbilt Commodores hope that a week off to heal up and a few defensive tweaks by the coaches will get them going again.
The Commodores (3-3, 0-3 Southeastern Conference) are coming off the worst loss of coach James Franklin's tenure, though losing 51-28 to No. 14 Missouri doesn't look nearly as bad after the Tigers handed Georgia its first league loss.
Now Vanderbilt is preparing to host the battered and bruised 15th-ranked Bulldogs (4-2, 3-1) on Saturday, the first of three straight games against ranked SEC opponents. After Georgia, the Commodores hit the road to visit No. 7 Texas A&M with another open date before heading to No. 22 Florida.
Franklin said Monday that they studied a lot of tape and realized their offense is ahead of where it was this time a year ago. They also spent a lot of time recruiting during the open date and made some adjustments on defense to help a unit that has struggled with injuries...