Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Massachusetts Minuteman
The Vanderbilt Commodores and the UMass Minutemen face off on Saturday in inter-conference college football action. The Commodores are -34 point favorites over the Minuteman with an over/under point total set at 48.
The Vanderbilt Commodores enter their eighth game of the year at 3-4 and are coming off of an SEC win against Auburn that they hope to build on. Jordan Rodgers has been far from impressive this season as he’s completed just 56 percent of his passes with three touchdowns and two interceptions. Zac Stacy has led the Vandy ground attack averaging 5.3 yards per carry with five touchdowns and Brian Kimbrow has a 7.2 yard per carry average with one touchdown while Wesley Tate has rushed for three touchdowns. Jordan Mathews has 46 catches and three touchdowns and Chris Boyd has 25 touchdowns. Defensively Vanderbilt allows 21 points per game, 189.1 rushing yards, and 142.6 passing yards with two interceptions and 15 sacks. Kenny Ladler has 48 tackles, Chase Garnham has 47 tackles and five sacks, and Javon Marshall has 44 tackles. Vanderbilt has a chance to be a bowl team once again this season but they are going to need to win the winnable games left on their schedule.
It has been a rough first year in the FBS for the Massachusetts Minutemen as they have failed to win a game all season. QB Mike Wegzyn has completed 50.9 percent of his passes with four touchdowns and six interception while rushing for another TD. Michael Cox leads the UMass running game averaging 3.9 yards per carry with three touchdowns. Deion Walker has 34 catches and a touchdown, Alan Williams has 19 catches and three touchdowns, and Rob Blanchflower has 17 catches despite missing last game with an injury but he should be back for this one. UMass defense spends a lot of time on the field and is a sieve as they allow 40.7 points per game, 228.7 rushing yards, and 239.4 passing yards with seven interceptions and a paltry seven sacks. Perry McIntyre has fought the good fight with 77 tackles and Darren Thellen and Kassan Messiah each have 44 tackles. It will be difficult to see a scenario where the Minutemen get a win this season.
Vanderbilt is 9-3 against the spread in their last 12 home games, 2-5 against the spread against a team with a losing record, and 0-4 against the spread following a win. UMass is 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games overall, 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games, and 2-5 against the spread following a loss.
This one is going to get ugly as Vandy has one of the better running games and UMass one of the worst run defenses so look for the defense to get outright run over and though we are looking at a huge spread for a Vandy team not known for scoring, they pad their stats here in a romp.
Vanderbilt Commodores -34 Massachusetts Minuteman