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College Football Handicapping Analysis: Week 9
Kentucky Wildcats (6-3, 4-3) vs. Vanderbilt Commodores (2-7, 0-5)
Date: Saturday, November 13th, 2021
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, TN
NCAA Football ATS Spread Odds: Kentucky -21.5 / Vanderbilt +21.5 (Bet Now!)
NCAA Football Moneyline Odds: Wildcats -1,400 / Commodores -750
NCAA Betting Total Odds: O/U 52.5
The Kentucky Wildcats will try to get back on track when they visit the Vanderbilt Commodores on Saturday evening in Nashville.
Kentucky lost its third straight game last weekend with a 45-42 home loss to the Tennessee Volunteers as a one-point underdog, and is now 6-3 (4-3 SEC) for the year.
Vanderbilt last played on October 30 in a 37-28 home defeat to the Missouri Tigers as a 16-point underdog before entering a bye week at 2-7 (0-5 SEC) for the season.
This is a competitive all-time series with Kentucky leading 47-42-4. The Wildcats have won straight over Vanderbilt, including a 38-35 win in Lexington last season.
After starting the season 6-0 to get ranked in the top 10 of the AP Poll, the Wildcats are in free-fall as they couldn’t quite come out on top of a shootout against Tennessee in Lexington last Saturday and fell 45-42.
Quarterback Will Levis put together his best game of the season, going 31/49 passing for 372 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception while adding 47 yards and two scores on the ground. Chris Rodriguez Jr. rushed for 109 yards on 22 carries, and Wan’Dale Robinson had a huge night with 13 catches for 166 yards and a score.
The normally sound Kentucky defense just couldn’t get a stop with Tennessee piling up 612 yards of total offense, including 225 on the ground.
Last Saturday was a standout performance from a normally shaky Kentucky offense that is averaging 28.7 points and 393.6 yards per game on the season. Kentucky’s defense has slumped lately but is still an above average unit, allowing 23.4 points and 349.6 yards per contest.
Will Levis has been a big addition in the transfer portal from Penn State, completing 167 of 254 pass attempts for 1,848 yards, 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Robinson, another transfer from Nebraska, has piled up 811 yards and 6 touchdowns on 71 receptions, and Rodriguez Jr. is having a big year running the ball with 157 carries for 957 yards and 6 scores.
First-year head coach Clark Lea faces a huge challenge to rebuild struggling Vanderbilt, and the Commodores are indeed still without a conference win after falling short against Missouri two weekends ago 37-28.
Mike Wright finished 14/22 passing for 122 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception while also making great use of his dual-threat ability with 14 carries for 152 yards.
Vanderbilt just couldn’t get enough stops, with Missouri piling up 502 yards of total offense including 284 on the ground.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Kentucky is 6-3 ATS in their last 9 games.
- Kentucky is 8-3 SU in their last 11 games.
- The total has gone under in 6 of Kentucky’s last 9 games on the road.
- Vanderbilt is 3-6 ATS this season
- Vanderbilt UNDERS are 5-4 this season
4* Free Week 9 NCAA Betting Pick:
Kentucky is certainly the far better team and will be in full control here in an outright win, but doesn’t play a style that lends itself well to building up a lead this big.
With the Wildcats struggling through numerous key injuries and Vanderbilt turning in a couple of competitive performances lately, the Commodores can at least keep this one within three touchdowns.
Kentucky has run the ball very well, but that becomes much more difficult now with the left side of the offensive line in Kinnard and Cox out injured, both of whom had a shot at being named All-Americans this season and are tough to replace.
The Commodores have been a little more competitive as time goes on this season, and can put together a couple of scoring drives against a banged-up Kentucky defense with Wright’s scrambling ability
Take Vanderbilt to hang tough and cover on Saturday at home.
4* Free Week 9 NCAA Betting Pick: Vanderbilt +21.5
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