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A few notes on unbeaten Vanderbilt here.

From Nashville, a key element in Vandy’s 2-0 start has been its improvement in turnover margin. Ole Miss can say the same thing. The Commodores, in wins over Elon and UConn, boast statistical improvement in other areas too – like a top 30 run defense.

There are more question marks for the Ole Miss defense after it allowed 420 total yards, 223 rushing yards against FCS foe Southern Illinois.

There are other similarities between the two teams as Vandy and Ole Miss prepare to open SEC play this week in Nashville. First-year Commodores coach James Franklin, like Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt, would like to see better play from his offensive line.

More on Vanderbilt here from ESPN’s Chris Low. He likes the Commodores’ ability to finish games. Vandy dominated Elon in the second half, something Ole Miss did not do against Southern Illinois. The Rebels eventually iced the game with an impressive seven-play, 64-yard drive, all on the ground, but that was very late in the game.

Another item of note here. Vanderbilt had five sacks against UConn. The Ole Miss offensive line gave up nine tackles for loss and two sacks against SIU.