Middle Tennessee State at Vanderbilt
Saturday, 1 pm PT - SEC Network
Vanderbilt -6 O/U 48.5
Vanderbilt -4.5 O/U 47
Middle Tennessee State
Middle Tennessee State offensive coordinator Tony Franklin and Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason will both square off for the first time since 2013 when Franklin was the OC at California and Mason the DC at Stanford. Saturday’s game is also a rematch from last year’s close fought defensive struggle that Vandy won 17-13 in Murfreesboro. This year’s battle has a couple key differences that should sway the outcome in the Blue Raiders favor.
Middle’s offense is led by quarterback Brent Stockstill who is the reigning C-USA Freshman of the Year. Although he did not perform well in clutch situations in last year’s game he did manage to put up 286 passing yards against a very stout SEC defense. The Blue Raiders did have difficulty running the football (34 yards) and pushing inside of the red zone (3 trips) and it resulted in only 13 points. In Vanderbilt’s loss to South Carolina last week, Vandy allowed only 308 yards to what looks to be one of the worst offenses in the SEC. You wouldn’t know it by the names of their jerseys, but MTSU
which projects to be one of the best offenses in C-USA
has far more ability to move the football, especially with Stockstill having a full year under his belt. Note that Stockstill broke Logan Kilgore’s consecutive completion record in the second quarter last week. Kilgore’s record was 19, and Stockstill completed 22 straight passes. The Murfreesboro native finished 30-of-36 for 329 yards and five touchdowns.
MTSU’s defense is starting three new linebackers and two new safeties though looked solid in Week 1’s 55-0 shutout of Alabama A&M. They held Vandy to 17 in last year’s loss and should once again be able to play straight up against a Commodores offense that is simply not built to win games by margin. Take the points.