Second-half outlook: Vanderbilt

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

A year ago, Vanderbilt hung on just enough during the second half of the season to qualify for its first bowl trip in 26 years. This year, the Commodores have their work cut out if they’re going to win another game. Injuries have taken their toll on Bobby Johnson’s club, although it looks like Vanderbilt will be getting back senior defensive end Steven Stone from a broken foot these last five games. With games against three nationally ranked teams remaining, the Commodores would need a miracle to get to .500 and become bowl eligible. They’ve attempted to generate more offense by moving Jamie Graham from defensive back to receiver, but this is an offense that has failed to produce more than 10 points in an SEC game this season.

Best-case scenario: Quarterback Larry Smith finds himself or Johnson goes with backup Mackenzi Adams, who adds a spark, and the Commodores pick up two more wins to finish 4-8.

Worst-case scenario: The Commodores’ three-game losing streak turns into an eight-game losing streak, and they limp to a 2-10 finish, including an 0-8 record in the SEC. Vanderbilt hasn’t gone winless in the league since Johnson’s first season in Nashville in 2002.

Prediction: Vanderbilt manages to find an SEC win somewhere, avoiding a winless season in the league and finishing 3-9 overall.