Vanderbilt vs. Kansas State - 9/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas State Wildcats (2-0) at Vanderbilt Commodores (2-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Vanderbilt Stadium)
The Line: Vanderbilt Commodores +4.5 -- Over/Under: 48 See the Latest Odds
A pair of unbeaten face off on Satuday evening in Nashville, as the #18 Kansas State Wildcats take on the Vanderbilt Commodores in college football action.
The #18 Kansas State Wildcats will look to build some momentum after putting up 55 points for the 2nd straight week, defeating Charlotte by a final score of 55-7. Jesse Ertz racked up 178 yards passing on 16 of 21 through the air, while also calling his own number 13 times for 76 rushing yards and a score on the ground. Ertz was one of 5 Wildcats to notch a rushing TD in the win, including Alex Barnes who took his team-high 16 carries and turned it into 99 yards and a score while Davlin Warmack, Mike McCoy and Winston Dimel chipped in a ground TD. Isaiah Zuber led the K-State receivers with 7 catches for 73 yards, while Dalton Schoen followed right behind with 4 receptions for 61 yards. The defensive game ball has to go to defensive back Kendall Adams who notched a pick-six and a fumble recovery for a TD in the win. Cre Moore also logged an interception as the Wildcats held Charlotte to just 168 yards of total offense and 10 first downs in the win.
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The Vanderbilt Commodores will look to set the tone for the next month as the Wildcats will be the first of 4 consecutive ranked opponents for Vanderbilt over the next 4 weeks. The ‘Dores improved to 2-0 this season with a 42-0 victory over Alabama A&M in their last outing. Kyle Shurmur accounted for 5 touchdowns in the win, completing 15 of 18 passes for 202 yards and 4 passing touchdowns while calling his own number for a 1-yard TD. Jamauri Wakefield led Vandy with 64 rushing yards on 15 carries, while Ralph Webb put up 54 yards and a touchdown of his own with his 13 carries. Trent Sherfield shared the team-lead with 4 catches, but led Vanderbilt with 69 yards and a touchdown. Kalija Lipscomb put up a pair of catches for 50 yards and a score while Jared Pinkney caught 4 balls for 51 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the win. Defensively, the Commodores put up one of the better team performances of week 2, holding Alabama A&M to just 103 yards of total offense, 7 first downs and 2 of 14 on 3rd down while combining for a pair of sacks, a pair of interceptions and forcing a fumble.
Kansas State is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 24-11-1 ATS in their last 37 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 7-1 in their last 8 games overall. Vanderbilt is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a win and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 home games.
This should be a great game to watch, as you have a pair of tight defenses with an offense that can score at will. However, something tells me that even though Vanderbilt is at home, and knowing that a win like this will help them crack the top-25 down the road, that they’ll be trying to save up as much firepower as they can for next week’s game against Alabama. I’m not saying that the Commodores are treating this like a look-ahead game, but I think the Wildcats can take advantage if Vanderbilt slips up or loses focus for a split second, so with the line being this low, I’ll lay the points with K-State.