Tennessee State Tigers (0-0) at Vanderbilt Commodores (2-2)
College Football: Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 4:00 pm (Vanderbilt Stadium)
The Line: Vanderbilt Commodores -32 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Tennessee State Tigers and the Vanderbilt Commodores meet in week 5 college football action from Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday afternoon.
The Tennessee State Tigers will look to pull off the upset over an in-state FBS foe after sitting at 2-0 with a 41-40 win over Eastern Illinois in their last outing. Demry Croft threw for 217 yards and 2 touchdowns while Te’Kendrick Roberson led the Tigers with 73 rushing yards on 15 carries. Earl Harrison and DeMarco Corbin each had a rushing TD while Chris Rowland led the Tigers with 8 catches for 82 yards and a touchdown. DeVon Johnson and Treon Harris each had 3 receptions and a touchdown as well in the winning effort.
The Vanderbilt Commodores will look to bounce back and get back above .500 after falling to 2-2 thanks to a 37-14 loss to South Carolina in their last outing. Kyle Shurmur has thrown for 934 yards, 6 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on 59.2% passing this season, while Ke’Shawn Vaughn has a team-high 214 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns and Jamauri Wakefield has 180 rushing yards this season. Kalija Lipscomb leads the ‘Dores with 306 receiving yards and 4 touchdown grabs on 34 catches this season while Jared Pinkney added 283 receiving yards. As a team, Vanderbilt is averaging 379.8 yards of total offense per game while also averaging 26.8 points per game this season.
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As much as I’d like to think that the Tigers can hang in here, the problem is that the Commodores are a solid offensive team, despite what they showed against South Carolina. The Commodores nearly beat Notre Dame, and Tennessee State narrowly edged out an Eastern Illinois team that’s now 0-4 this season. I lean towards Vandy to pick up a confidence win here, and while I think they get it, I'm not sure it's by more than four touchdowns, so I'll take the points with Tennessee State here