Vanderbilt Commodores (2-3) at Kentucky Wildcats (2-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 8, 2016, 4:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Kentucky Wildcats -3 -- Over/Under: 51
The Kentucky Wildcats and the Vanderbilt Commodores face off in a week6 SEC college football battle that could end up deciding bowl berths.
The Kentucky Wildcats are 2-3 this season and are coming off of a one sided loss at Alabama last week. The Kentucky offense is averaging 25.4 points and 352.4 yards per game and they have turned the ball over 14 times. UK QB Stephen Johnson has completed 63.6 percent of his passes with 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Stanley Williams is the Wildcats top rusher with 486 yards and 2 touchdowns and Benny Snell has 247 yards and 5 touchdowns while Garrett Johnson is the top receiver with 17 catches. The Kentucky defense is allowing 35 points and 468 yards with 6 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery, and 10 sacks. Jordan Jones leads the Cats defense with 51 tackles, Mike Edwards has 43 tackles, and Courtney Love has 30 tackles. With Kentucky hitting the core of their SEC schedule winnable games like this at home are must win games if they hope to be a bowl team.
The Vanderbilt Commodores are 2-3 this season and are coming off of a tough hard fought loss at Florida. The Vandy offense is averaging 20.2 points and 303 yards per game and they have turned the ball over 6 times. Commodores QB Kyle Shurmur has completed 51.5 percent of his passes with 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Ralph Webb anchors Vanderbilt’s rushing attack with 582 yards and 5 touchdowns while Kalijja Lipscomb has 14 catches and 2 touchdowns and C.J. Duncan has 12 catches. The Vandy defense is allowing 23.6 points and 409.2 yards per game with 3 interceptions, 6 fumble recoveries, and 5 sacks. Zach Cunningham leads the Vandy defense with 52 tackles, LaDarius Wiley has 33 tackles, and Torren McGaster has 28 tackles. Like their opponent a win would go a long way towards making a bowl game as wins will be tough to come by going forward.
Kentucky is 3-9 in their last 12 home games, 7-19 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, and 1-5 against the spread against a team with a losing record. Vanderbilt is 6-1 against the spread following a loss, 15-7 against the spread in their last 22 road games, and 1-4 against the spread on grass. The favorite has covered the point spread in 6 of the last 7 meetings of these two teams.
I am less than sold on Kentucky and I see Vanderbilt as the better team here and behind the running of Webb and a solid defense I see the Commodores walking out with a win.