Tennessee State Tigers (5-1) at Vanderbilt Commodores (3-4)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 22, 2016, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Vanderbilt Commodores -28 -- Over/Under: 44
The Tennessee State Tigers and Vanderbilt Commodores meet Saturday night in a college football matchup at Vanderbilt Stadium.
The Tennessee State Tigers look for a monster road victory that would build on their impressive 5-1 record. The Tennessee State Tigers are just 2-5 on the road SU dating back to last season. Ronald Butler is completing 57.7 percent of his passes for 825 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions. Butler and O'Shay Ackerman-Carter have combined for 12 touchdown passes. Patrick Smith and Steven Newbold have combined for 940 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Chris Sanders-McCollum has nine receptions. The Tennessee State Tigers ground game is averaging 158.3 yards per contest, and Erick Evans leads the way with 371 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Tennessee State is allowing 23.8 points and 343.2 yards per game. Chris Collins leads the Tennessee State Tigers with 47 tackles, Ebo Ogundeko has 4.5 sacks and Ezra Robinson has four interceptions.
The Vanderbilt Commodores look for back-to-back wins for the first time this season to remain in the bowl conversation. The Vanderbilt Commodores have not won two straight games since the 2013 college football season. Kyle Shurmur is completing 51.4 percent of his passes for 946 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. Shurmur has not thrown a touchdown pass in three straight weeks. Kalija Lipscomb and C.J. Duncan have combined for 419 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Trent Sherfield has 14 receptions. The Vanderbilt Commodores ground game is averaging 134.5 yards per contest, and Ralph Webb leads the way with 730 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Vanderbilt is allowing 22 points and 396.3 yards per game. Zach Cunningham leads the Vanderbilt Commodores with 81 tackles, Adam Butler has two sacks and Tre Herndon has two interceptions.
The Commodores are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and the under is 5-0-1 in Commodores last 6 games following a straight up win.
The Tennessee State Tigers have been very good this season and their only loss came on the road to Eastern Illinois by just one point. Not only has it been three straight seasons since Vanderbilt has won two straight games, but the Commodores don't have the offense to blow teams out. While Vandy needs this victory to have any real shot of making a bowl this season, everything is a struggle for Vanderbilt regardless of who it plays.
I'll take my four free touchdowns.