Stanford Cardinal vs Vanderbilt Commodores predictions

Vanderbilt Commodores
Vanderbilt StadiumESPNU
Vanderbilt Commodores
1-1
Vanderbilt Commodores
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Stanford Cardinal
1-1
Stanford Cardinal
Stanford Cardinal

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Vanderbilt Commodores
Point Spread Pick
Stanford Win -12.0

Both of these teams are coming off surprising outright road victories. Most impressively, the Stanford Cardinal routed USC and put up 42 points against the heavy home favorites. The Vanderbilt Commodores managed 24 points against an unimpressive Colorado State team that still significantly outgained them 445 to 342 in total offensive yards. In Vanderbilt’s win, their rush defense looked especially vulnerable, giving up more than 200 yards on the ground. That gives Stanford’s run game a favorable matchup this week. In Stanford’s defeat of USC, Cardinal RB Nathaniel Peat exploded for 115 rush yards on 6 carries for an average of 19 yards per attempt. In this game he should be able to find more success on the ground against a porous run defense.

Another favorable matchup for the Cardinal comes with their pass defense, which has been solid in both of its games. They have not allowed more than 230 pass yards in a game this season. Vanderbilt’s run offense has struggled mightily and if they cannot pass against a good Cardinal secondary, the run game will struggle to produce most of the team’s offense. Additionally, Vanderbilt is 3-13 ATS in its last 16 games as a home underdog and 1-5 ATS in its last 6 home games. With a Stanford team that comes into the game with confidence and a Vanderbilt squad that did not impress in their win, expect Stanford to generate plenty of scoring opportunities and cover in this game.

Stanford -11 available at time of publishing. Playable to Stanford -12.

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Vanderbilt Commodores
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Under 49.0

Despite putting up 42 points last week against USC, the Cardinal offense has still shown weaknesses after scoring just 7 points in Week 1 against Kansas State. Similarly, Vanderbilt’s offense has looked less than impressive in both of their first 2 games, managing less than 350 yards of offense in both matchups. In this game, Stanford’s defense will be more formidable than either defense that Vanderbilt has faced this year, which does not bode well for a Commodores offense that has struggled.

Stanford should be able to put up points, especially coming into the game with tons of confidence after their 42-point performance last week, but Vanderbilt’s offense may not help to get this number over the posted total. Additionally, the under is  8-1 in Commodores’ last 9 games following a straight-up win and 5-0 in their last 5 non-conference games. For Stanford, the under is 5-1 in the Cardinal’s last 6 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous outing. Take the under.

Under 49 available at time of publishing. Playable to under 48.

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