Florida Gators at Vanderbilt Commodores - 10/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida Gators (3-1) at Vanderbilt Commodores (2-2)
College Football: Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Vanderbilt Stadium)
The Line: Vanderbilt Commodores +8.5 -- Over/Under: 41.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SEC Network
The Florida Gators will travel to play the Vanderbilt Commodores in a SEC battle in week 5.
The Vanderbilt Commodores are 2-2 this season after beating Western Kentucky by a score of 31-30 in overtime. Vanderbilt was able to stop the Western Kentucky two-point conversion in overtime in order to secure the victory. The Vanderbilt offense is averaging 23.8 points per game with 148.8 rushing yards and 163.8 passing yards per game. Kyle Shurmur is completing 55.2% of his passes for 614 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions for Vandy. Ralph Webb has rushed for 472 yards and 5 touchdowns, while Khari Blasingame has rushed for 117 yards and 3 touchdowns for the Commodores. Kalija Lipscomb has caught 11 passes for 146 yards and 2 touchdowns, while C.J. Duncan has caught 9 passes for 110 yards for Vanderbilt. The Vanderbilt defense is giving up 26.2 points per game with 177.8 rushing yards and 274.8 passing yards per game. Zach Cunningham has led the Vanderbilt defense with 38 tackles and 7 tackles for loss, while Oren Burks has added 19 tackles, 2 sacks, and 1 interception. Tommy Openshaw has gone 3-4 on field goals for Vanderbilt, with a long of 36 yards.
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The Florida Gators are 3-1 this season after losing to Tennessee by a score of 38-28 in their last game. Florida was up 21-0 to start the game, but wasn’t able to seal the deal and gave up a big fourth quarter to lose. The Florida offense is averaging 32.2 points per game with 178 rushing yards and 272 passing yards per game. Austin Appleby is completing 56.8% of his passes for 326 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception for Florida. Jordan Scarlett has rushed for 219 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Mark Thompson has rushed for 186 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Gators. Antonio Callaway has caught 17 passes for 335 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Brandon Powell has caught 15 passes for 145 yards and 2 touchdowns for Florida. The Florida defense is giving up 13 points per game with 76.5 rushing yards and 145.2 passing yards per game. Alex Anzalone has led the Florida defense with 26 tackles and 2 sacks, while Marcus Maye has added 22 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 interception. Eddy Pineiro has gone 5-7 on field goals for Florida, with a long of 54 yards.
Florida is 9-2 ATS in their last 11 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games. The over is 6-2 in Florida’s last 8 games on turf. Vanderbilt is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games on turf. The under is 7-1-1 in Vandy’s last 9 home games. The road team is 8-0 ATS in these two teams last 8 meetings.
Florida will be looking to get back on the right track after blowing a huge lead in their last game. Vanderbilt has started the season playing .500 football, but will have trouble with the Florida defense in this one. I like Florida to bounce back strong here behind a great defensive effort.