The Vanderbilt Commodores are in search for their second win of the season as they welcome Charleston Southern to Dudley Field on Saturday.
The Buccaneers are an FCS program but bring a perfect 5-0 record to the Music City. Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason says facing an FCS school has no effect on how his team views an opponent.
“When you talk about a 1-5 football team versus a 5-0 football team, you are talking about a good game where two teams come and play great football from start to finish,” he says. “We need to play well and get a victory before our bye.”
Following next week’s bye, the Commodores return to SEC play, facing Missouri on the road. The Dores have already faced four SEC opponents. The majority of the other SEC schools have had two or less conference matchups.
“When you look at our schedule versus what everyone else has played and where we are at with our quarterback situation, I think we’ve learned a lot in our first six games about who we are. The type of teams we’ve played should give us confidence.”
Mason’s mention of his team’s “quarterback situation” refers to the four different quarterbacks that have seen game action for the Commodores. Week one and week four starter Patton Robinette is still questionable following a concussion he suffered against South Carolina. At Monday’s press conference, freshman Wade Freebeck was listed as the starter for Saturday’s game against Charleston Southern.