Vanderbilt vs. Alabama - 9/23/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Vanderbilt vs. Alabama - 9/23/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Alabama Crimson Tide (3-0) at Vanderbilt Commodores (3-0)

College Football: Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 3:30 pm (Vanderbilt Stadium)

The Line: Vanderbilt Commodores +18.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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We have SEC conference college football action from Nashville as the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide take on the Vanderbilt Commodores in week 4.

The #1 Alabama Crimson Tide will look to keep rolling after improving to 3-0 with a 41-23 victory over the Colorado State Rams in week 3. Jalen Hurts led the Tide by going 12 of 17 for 248 yards and a pair of touchdowns through the air while also leading ‘Bama on the ground, going for 103 yards and a rushing touchdown on his 11 carries. Bo Scarbrough racked up 66 yards and a touchdown while Damien Harris contributed 53 yards and a rushing score of his own in the win. Calvin Ridley led Alabama with 3 catches for 92 yards and a touchdown, while Robert Foster’s lone catch was a 52-yard catch and run for a touchdown. Defensively, the Tide combined for a pair of interceptions, but that was about the lone highlight outside of the win, as ‘Bama allowed 391 yards of total offense, while letting the Rams go 10 of 17 on 3rd down and letting CSU win the time of possession battle, with the Rams holding the ball for nearly 34 minutes of the game.

The Vanderbilt Commodores will look for a statement win after taking down then #18 Kansas State by a final score of 14-7 to improve to 3-0 this season. Kyle Shurmur threw for 205 yards and a touchdown on 14 of 23 passing, while also accounting for the team’s lone rushing touchdown in the win. Ralph Webb led an underwhelming effort from Vandy’s ground attack, going for 46 yards with his 21 carries. Trent Sherfield led Vandy with 4 catches for 97 yards, while C.J. Duncan hauled in a team-high 6 passes for 52 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, the Commodores combined for a pair of sacks and a pair of interceptions, all while holding K-State to just 277 yards of total offense, including just 76 yards through the air in the win.

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Alabama is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 conference games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 road games. Vanderbilt is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 21-7-2 in their last 30 games overall. The under is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

Vanderbilt’s win over Kansas State was impressive, but it was mostly thanks to the defense that Vandy won that one. The Commodores can’t afford to have the same kind of offensive ineptitude against Bama when Jalen Hurts is on the other side. Plus, Alabama is no stranger to going out and covering on the road, which is something that they’ve done in each of their last 5 road games. I’ve seen more of Alabama dominating than I have Vanderbilt hanging with the big boys, so I’ll lay the points with Alabama until Vanderbilt proves me otherwise.

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Chris’s Pick Alabama -18.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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