Vanderbilt Commodores host the Alabama Crimson Tide at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in a Week 4 SEC odds game played in Nashville, Tennessee.
“We certainly look forward to the SEC,” Nick Saban said Monday afternoon. “This is our opener on the road against a very good Vanderbilt team, who as you well know, just beat K-State, who is a ranked team. They are 3-0. They have a lot of starters back, nine on offense, seven on defense. Their defense leads the nation in scoring defense.”
The history of these two teams has the Crimson Tide leading 59-19-4 with 27-14-2 being on the road. According to the current Vegas lines and points spreads, the Commodore’s are a +19(-110) point underdog versus the Tide as -19(-110) point spread favorite.
Alabams’s season leaders are QB Jalen Hurts with 36 carries for 312 yards and 3 touchdowns followed by RB Damien Harris with 26 for 158 yards and WR Calvin Ridley with 15 receptions for 219 yards and 2 touchdowns. The team has allowed 13.3 points per game and averages 35.3 PPG. The Tide’s Kicker Andy Pappanastos has a 77.8 field goal percentage. TE Miller Forristall suffered a knee injury and will need surgery. Forristall’s injury is the latest of a slew of linebackers injuries for the Tide heading into this week four collegge football picks contest. The good news is that Rashaan Evans, Anfernee Jennings and Dylan Moses all returned to practice Monday. As for their effectiveness in the upcoming point spreads matchup, that remains to be seen.
The Commodore’s have allowed only 4.3 points per game and average 28.0 PPG, a success that is directly related to head coach Derek Mason’s guidance. The season leaders for Vanderbilt include Kyle Shurmur with a 46-69 comp/attempt record totalling 703 yards and 8 touchdowns. RB Ralph Webb has 58 Carries for 149 yards, 3 receptions for 104 yards and 2 TDs and WR Trent Sherfield with 12 receptions for 234 yards and 1 TD. Kicker Tommy Openshaw has missed both of his 2017 field goal attempts. The Vanderbilt offense is no powerhouse but can grind out wins.
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