Vanderbilt Commodores (4-7) at Tennessee Volunteers (7-4)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 28, 2015, 4:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Tennessee Volunteers -16.5 -- Over/Under:
The Tennessee Volunteers and the Vanderbilt Commodores face off on Saturday in Knoxville in SEC college football action.
The Tennessee Volunteers are 7-4 this season and while it looks nice on the surface it is below the preseason expectations for this team. The Tennessee offense is averaging 32.6 points and 413.4 yards per game and they have turned the ball over 12 times. Vols QB Joshua Dobbs has completed 59.7 percent of his passes with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions and he has rushed for 699 yards and eight touchdowns. Jalen Hurd is Tennessee’s top rusher with 1.038 yards and 10 touchdowns and Von Pearson is the top receiver with 33 catches. The UT defense is allowing 20.5 points and 366.7 yards per game with seven interceptions, seven fumble recoveries, and 22 sacks. Jalen Reeves-Maybin as 96 tackles, Brian Randolph has 60 tackles, and Derek Barnett has 7.0 sacks. Tennessee should be going ot a decent bowl but they were thinking SEC East title.
The Vanderbilt Commodores are 4-7 this season so this in state rivalry is their bowl game. The Vanderbilt offense is averaging 14 points and 318.8 yards per game and they have turned the ball over 24 times. Vandy QB Johnny McCrary has completed 54.7 percent of his passes with six touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Ralph Webb leads the Vanderbilt ground attack with 1,003 yards and five touchdowns and Trent Sherfield has 45 receptions. The Commodores defense is allowing 18.1 points and 334.8 yards per game with six interceptions, 11 fumble recoveries, and 26 sacks. Zach Cunningham leads Vandy with 93 tackles and 4.5 sacks, Darreon Herring has 58 tackles, and Oren Brooks has 50 tackles and three interceptions. Vanderbilt has a solid defense but with their offense’s issues they can’t afford to lose the turnover battle.
Tennessee is 4-1 against the spread in their last five SEC games, 7-16-1 against the spread following a win, and 0-4 against the spread against a team with a losing record. Vanderbilt is 4-0 against the spread following a loss, 6-2 against the spread in their last eight SEC games, and 9-3 against the spread in their last 12 road games. The underdog has covered the spread in six of the last eight meetings of these two.
This is a ton of points for a rivalry game especially one involving a defense as god as Vandy’s so I am going to have to take the points.