Kentucky at Vanderbilt: 11/13/21 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Vanderbilt Commodores (2-7) vs Kentucky Wildcats (6-3)
Game Info: Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Vanderbilt Stadium)
Betting Odds: Vanderbilt Commodores +21 -- Over/Under: 52.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Kentucky Wildcats will travel to Vanderbilt Stadium to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores this Saturday night in College Football action.
The Kentucky Wildcats lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 6-3 on the season after being defeated by the Tennessee Volunteers, 45-42, this past Saturday. Kentucky had no answers for the Tennessee high-powered offensive attack and could not fight back after a 6-yard TD reception by the Volunteers Cedrick Tillman gave Tennessee a 45-35 lead with 11:40 left in the 4th quarter. Kentucky outgained Tennessee by a 612-461 margin and committed 1 turnover in the loss. Leading the way for the Wildcats was WR Wan’Dale Robinson who had 13 receptions for 166 yards & 1 TD.
On the season, Kentucky is averaging 28.7 ppg on 393.6 total yards per game (212.8 passing yds/g; 180.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Kentucky has been led by RB Chris Rodriguez Jr. who has 918 rushing yards & 5 TD on 157 carries. QB Will Levis has completed 65.7% of his passes for 1834 yards, 17 TD, & 10 INT while also rushing for 231 yards & 5 TD. The top receiving threats for the Wildcats have been Wan’Dale Robinson (71 rec, 825 yards, 6 TD), Josh Ali (26 rec, 331 yards, TD), Isaiah Epps (10 rec, 159 yards, TD), & Izayah Cummings (11 rec, 155 yards, 2 TD).
Defensively, Kentucky is allowing their opponents to average 23.4 ppg on 349.4 total yards per game (230.2 passing yds/g; 119.2 rushing yds/g).
The Vanderbilt Commodores lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 2-7 on the season after being defeated by the Missouri Tigers, 37-28, on October 30th. Vanderbilt kept the game close despite struggling defensively against the Tigers offense, however, could not fight back after a 2-yard TD run by the Tigers Tyler Macon made it a two-possession game with just 2:29 left in the 4th quarter. Vanderbilt was outgained by Missouri by a 502-380 margin and committed 1 turnover in the loss. Leading the way for the Commodores was QB Mike Wright who completed 14 of 28 passes for 122 yards & 3 TD while also rushing for 152 yards on 14 carries.
On the season, Vanderbilt is averaging 14.9 ppg on 301.2 total yards per game (183.9 passing yds/g; 117.3 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Vanderbilt has been led by WR Will Sheppard who has 36 receptions for 466 yards & 3 TD. QB Mike Wright has completed 53.9% of his passes for 545 yards, 5 TD, & 4 INT while also rushing for 286 yards. The other top receivers for the Tigers have been Chris Pierce Jr. (37 rec, 427 yards, TD), Devin Boddie Jr. (28 rec, 259 yards, TD), & Cam Johnson (27 rec, 253 yards, 4 TD). Leading the way for the Vanderbilt backfield has been the duo of Rocko Griffin (89 att, 296 yards, 2 TD) & Patrick Smith (56 att, 241 yards, TD).
Defensively, Vanderbilt is allowing their opponents to average 35.6 ppg on 463.1 total yards per game (278.6 passing yds/g; 184.6 rushing yds/g).
The Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 conference games. The Commodores are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in November, however, are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a bye week.
Kentucky has struggled recently after impressive back-to-back wins against Florida & LSU, however, I expect the Wildcats to get back on track in what should be an easy game against a Vanderbilt team that comes into this game ranked just 128th in scoring offense & 117th in scoring defense. I think Kentucky’s defense is going to give Vanderbilt plenty of problems in this one and as I think the offense can have similar success as they did against Tennessee last week, I’m taking Kentucky to cover this large road spread. Good Luck!