Vanderbilt at Colorado State - 9/11/21 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Colorado State Rams (0-1) vs Vanderbilt Commodores (0-1)
Game Info: Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 10:00 pm (Canvas Stadium)
Betting Odds: Colorado State Rams -7 -- Over/Under: 51 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Vanderbilt Commodores will travel to Canvas Stadium to take on the Colorado State Rams this Saturday night in College Football action.
The Vanderbilt Commodores dropped to 0-1 on the season after being defeated by the FCS East Tennessee State Buccaneers, 23-3, this past Saturday. Vanderbilt struggled with turnovers against East Tennessee State and could not fight back after going into halftime trailing by a 10-3 margin. Vanderbilt outgained East Tennessee State by a 321-314 margin, however, lost the turnover battle by a 3-0 margin in the loss. Offensively, Vanderbilt was led by WR Will Sheppard who had 9 receptions for 84 yards. QB Ken Seals completed 20 of 35 passes for 195 yards & 2 INT. The other top receivers for the Commodores were Chris Pierce Jr. (4 rec, 53 yards), Devin Boddie Jr. (3 rec, 33 yards), & Cam Johnson (4 rec, 31 yards). Leading the way for the Commodores backfield was Re’Mahn Davis who had 58 rushing yards on 15 carries.
Defensively, Vanderbilt struggled slowing down the East Tennessee State rushing attack as the Buccaneers rushed for 179 yards on 37 carries (4.8 yds/carry). Leading the way for the Vanderbilt defense was Ethan Barr (11 tackles), Alston Orji (8 tackles, 1.5 TFL), & Jaylen Mahoney (7 tackles).
The Colorado State Rams also had their troubles against an FCS team as the Rams dropped to 0-1 on the season after being defeated by the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, 42-23, this past Friday night. Colorado State had no answers on the defensive end against the South Dakota State offense and could not fight back after a Jadon Janke 17-yard TD reception gave the Jackrabbits a 28-10 lead with 10:56 left in the 3rd quarter. Colorado State was outgained by South Dakota State by a 466-462 margin while also losing the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin. Offensively, Colorado State was led by QB Todd Centeio who completed 29 of 42 passes for 304 yards & 1 TD. The top receiving threats for the Rams were Trey McBride (13 rec, 116 yards), Dante Wright (6 rec, 103 yards) & Ty McCullouch (3 rec, 36 yards). Leading the way for the Colorado State backfield was David Bailey who had 46 rushing yards & 1 TD on 19 carries while also hauling 3 receptions for 23 yards & 1 TD.
Defensively, Colorado State had no answers for the South Dakota State rushing attack as the Jackrabbits racked up 242 yards & 4 TD’s on 34 carry (7.1 yds/carry). Leading the way for the Rams defense was Tywan Francis (11 tackles), Henry Blackburn (10 tackles), & Cam’Ron Carter (7 tackles).
The Commodores are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, however, are just 7-16 ATS in their last 23 games overall. The Rams are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing record and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games following a double-digit loss at home.
Both Vanderbilt and Colorado State were upset by FCS schools last weekend, however, the Commodores lost was a bit more embarrassing as at least the Rams lost to a South Dakota State team that is one of the best, if not the best, FCS teams this season. Vanderbilt went winless last season, ranking just 125th in scoring offense & 112th in scoring defense, and it’s awful concerning that the Commodores was able to put up just 3 points against the East Tennessee State defense. Colorado State lost by about 20 points, however, their offensive has some solid weapons in TE Trey McBride & QB Todd Centeio and as I think they will have no trouble scoring plenty of points at home against the Vanderbilt defense, I think the play here is to take the Rams to cover. Good Luck!