Stanford at Vanderbilt - 9/18/21 College Football Picks and Prediction

Stanford at Vanderbilt - 9/18/21 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Vanderbilt Commodores (1-1) vs Stanford Cardinal (1-1)

Game Info: Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Vanderbilt Stadium)

Betting Odds: Vanderbilt Commodores +12 -- Over/Under: 49 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Stanford Cardinal will travel to Vanderbilt Stadium to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores this Saturday night in College Football action.

The Stanford Cardinal improved to 1-1 on the season after upsetting the 14th ranked USC Trojans, 42-28, this past Saturday. Stanford was outstanding on both ends of the field against the Trojans and was able to pull away for the victory after a 31-yard pick-six by the Stanford’s Kyu Blu Kelly gave the Cardinal a 28-13 lead with 5:02 left in the 3rd quarter. Stanford was outgained by USC by a 408-375 margin, however, did win the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Cardinal was RB Nathaniel Peat who had 115 rushing yards & 1 TD on 6 carries.

On the season, Stanford is averaging 24.5 ppg on 304.0 total yards per game (214.0 passing yds/g; 90.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Stanford has been led by QB Tanner McKee who has completed 75.6% of his passes for 352 yards & 3 TD. The top receiving threats for the Cardinal have been Brycen Tremayne (7 rec, 106 yards, 2 TD), John Humphreys (6 rec, 93 yards), & Elijah Higgins (8 rec, 75 yards, TD). Leading the way for the Stanford backfield has been the duo of Nathaniel Peat (9 att, 118 yards, TD) & Austin Jones (19 att, 38 yards; 6 rec, 84 yards).

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Defensively, Stanford is allowing their opponents to average 26.0 ppg on 376.0 total yards per game (183.5 passing yds/g; 192.5 rushing yds/g).

The Vanderbilt Commodores improved to 1-1 on the season after defeating the Colorado State Rams, 24-21, this past Saturday. Vanderbilt was able to fight back from an early 14-0 deficit to take 21-14 lead entering the 4th quarter and was able seal the victory on a 38-yard winning FG by Joseph Bulovas with just :19 seconds left in regulation. Vanderbilt was outgained by Colorado State by a 445-342 margin while both the Commodores & Rams committed one turnover each. Leading the way for the Commodores was QB Ken Seals who completed 27 of 42 passes for 238 yards & 2 TD’s.

On the season, Vanderbilt is averaging 13.5 ppg on 331.5 total yards per game (237.0 passing yds/g; 94.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Vanderbilt has been led by QB Ken Seals who has completed 61.0% of his passes for 433 yards, 2 TD, & 2 INT. The top receiving threats for the Seals and the Commodores have been Chris Pierce Jr. (8 rec, 129 yards, 1 TD), Will Sheppard (13 rec, 126 yards), & Cam Johnson (13 rec, 97 yards, 1 TD). Leading the way for the Vanderbilt backfield has been Re’Mahn Davis (32 att, 135 yards).

Defensively, Vanderbilt is allowing their opponents to average 22.0 ppg on 379.5 total yards per game (186.5 passing yds/g; 193.0 rushing yds/g).

The Cardinal are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Commodores are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 September games and just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games.

Vanderbilt was able to pick up a rare win against Colorado State, however, this is still not a very good football team and still has a lack-luster offense that currently is averaging just under 14 ppg and is gaining less than 100 rushing yards per game. Stanford is coming off an impressive win at USC and as the Cardinal defense should have no problem giving the Commodores offensive trouble, I think Stanford will do enough offensively to cover this double-digit spread. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Stanford Cardinal -12

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