CFB Picks: Vanderbilt vs. LSU College Football Picks, Odds, Predictions 10/3/20
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LSU Tigers (0-1) at Vanderbilt Commodores (0-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Vanderbilt Stadium)
The Line: Vanderbilt Commodores +20 -- Over/Under: 52 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The LSU Tigers and Vanderbilt Commodores meet Saturday in week 5 college football action at Vanderbilt Stadium.
The LSU Tigers need a bounce back performance after an upset loss to Mississippi State. The LSU Tigers haven’t lost a road game since November of 2018. Myles Brennan is completing 58.7 percent of his passes for 345 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Brennan has four touchdown passes on his last 86 pass attempts. Terrace Marshall Jr. and Jaray Jenkins have combined for 207 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Racey McMath has three receptions. The LSU Tigers ground game is averaging 80 yards per contest, and Chris Curry leads the way with 47 yards on nine carries. Defensively, LSU is allowing 44 points and 632 yards per game. Damone Clark leads the LSU Tigers with 11 tackles, JaCoby Stevens has two sacks and Jabril Cox has one interception.
The Vanderbilt Commodores need a victory after coming up just short against Texas A&M. The Vanderbilt Commodores have split their last six home games. Ken Seals is completing 69 percent of his passes for 150 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Seals enters this game with 29 career pass attempts. Amir Abdur-Rahman and Ben Bresnahan have combined for 100 receiving yards and one touchdown while Cam Johnson has two receptions. The Vanderbilt Commodores ground game is averaging 105 yards per contest, and Ja'Veon Marlow leads the way with 65 yards on 16 carries. Defensively, Vanderbilt is allowing 17 points and 372 yards per game. Dashaun Jerkins leads the Vanderbilt Commodores with eight tackles, Dayo Odeyingbo has one sack and Jaylen Mahoney has one pass deflection.
The Tigers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Commodores are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games as an underdog, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The over is 6-1 in Tigers last 7 road games. The under is 4-1 in Commodores last 5 home games. The road team is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
The LSU Tigers are a better team than what they showed in their season opener and Vanderbilt doesn't present the same challenges that Miss State did last week. However, I'm not sure how anybody can be eager to lay three touchdowns with LSU on the road after the defense allowed over 600 yards of offense at home. Let's also give some credit to the Vanderbilt Commodores for going toe-to-toe with a ranked Texas A&M team on the road in their season opener. Vanderbilt was a 31.5-point underdog against the Aggies and that game came down to the wire.
I'm taking Vandy and the boatload of points.