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Vandy tries to top No. 2 Alabama for first time since 1984

Vanderbilt coach Clark Lea was on the verge of his third birthday, Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” was the top song on the Billboard charts, and the first episode of the daily syndicated version of “Jeopardy!” had just premiered.

It was September 1984. And it was also the last time Vanderbilt beat Alabama.

The Crimson Tide roll out the welcome mat for the Commodores on Saturday afternoon as No. 2 Alabama aims for a 4-0 start and 23rd consecutive win over Vandy — one of five FBS teams with two road wins this season.

Of course, Alabama coach Nick Saban wasn’t interested in discussing the Crimson Tide’s (3-0) previous wins this season. He’s pushing for his team to be laser-focused on the task at hand.

“It’s an SEC game. Vanderbilt’s 3-1,” Saban said. “Much, much improved team over last year. They have like 14 starters back, but they’re scoring 42 points a game and they play two quarterbacks. Both of them are very, very capable. Very good athletes. … This is a good all-around team, and it’s going to be a challenging game for us.”

Rolling into Alabama and leaving happy is a steep climb for any team, but perhaps even a taller ask for freshman quarterback AJ Swann. In what will be just his second career start — the first was last week at Northern Illinois — Swann does have momentum in his favor. He finished 18-of-28 passing for 255 passing yards while becoming the first SEC true freshman quarterback to throw for at least four touchdowns in their first career start since 2002.

“There’s no stage too big (for Swann),” Lea said Tuesday. “He’s shown it from the day he set foot on campus, the first practice, the first workout. He’s going to learn a lot and he’s going to have to grow a lot and there’s going to be mistakes made, because anytime you’re playing a freshman … you’re expected to learn on the move. But I’m excited for him….


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Publish date : 2022-09-20 21:14:30

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