Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets vs. Vanderbilt Commodores - 9/17/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Vanderbilt Commodores (1-1) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (2-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 12:30 pm (Bobby Dodd Stadium)
The Line: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Down at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field in Atlanta, the Vanderbilt Commodores will visit the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Saturday, September 17 in Week 3 college football activity.
Vanderbilt comes in with a 1-1 record after dropping Week 1 against South Carolina and then recovering for a 47-24 win over Middle Tennessee in Week 2. In that game, Vanderbilt RB Ralph Webb took his 29 carries for 211 yards and a pair of scores. Kyle Shurmur was mostly effective with a 15-of-28 line for 113 yards and one passing touchdown. The Commodores’ Trent Sherfield caught a team-high four balls but turned them into just 26 yards. On the season, that gives Webb a total of 49 carries for 308 yards and two scores. Shurmur has produced a 23-of-50 line for Vanderbilt, with 186 yards and the lone TD. Jared Pinkney is the Commodores’ lead receiver in yardage, with two receptions for 32 yards.
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As for Georgia Tech, they’ll enter the Week 3 game with a 2-0 record. The Yellow Jackets eked by Boston College with a 17-14 win in Week 1, then beat up on Mercer for a 35-10 win in Week 2. In the Mercer game, Georgia Tech’s Justin Thomas went 5-of-10 for 80 yards and added seven carries for 69 yards and a score on the ground. (Thomas would also sit out in the second half with a “minor” injury.) Matthew Jordan led the team in carries with 12, turing them into 44 yards and a pair of scores. On the season, Thomas has a 13-of-25 line for 199 yards, but hasn’t found the end zone through the air yet. Georgia Tech’s Qua Searcy is the leading rusher thus far with nine totes for 87 yards. Ricky Jeune is the leading receiver with six grabs for 102 yards in all.
The Commodores are 6-2 ATS in their last eight September games, and 14-6 ATS in their last 20 road games. Vanderbilt is also 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up win, and 12-4 ATS in their last 16 road games versus a team with a winning home record.
As for Georgia Tech, they’re 2-5 ATS in their last seven versus the SEC, and 1-4 ATS in their last five home games. The Yellow Jackets are also 6-2 ATS in their last eight following a straight-up win, and 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
It seems like the Jackets are hitting their early-season stride right now, so I expect Georgia Tech to run all over Vanderbilt here. I’ll take the Yellow Jackets for the big victory.