This week the Commodores take on a 1-4 Ole Miss who is coming off a controversial loss to Auburn. Coach Lane Kiffin and staff are looking to get the Lane Train back on track against Vanderbilt.
The line has fluctuated throughout the week with Vanderbilt between a 16 and 18 point underdog. The line has settled with Vanderbilt +17.5 and an over/under of 64.
Ole Miss leads the all-time series 50-40-2 with the last 10 games being split even with 5 victories each.
Let’s jump right into the predictions
Vanderbilt’s offense is able to move the ball, but mistakes and errors in the red zone result in not many points being put on the board. Ole Miss’s dynamic offense is ultimately too much for the Commodores to keep up with. The game is close early but by the 4th quarter there isn’t much doubt in the outcome. Ole Miss rolls and the Lane Train gets back on track.
Ken Seals throws a couple touchdowns and finds a nice rhythm but the defense continues to get boat raced. Lane Kiffin’s offensive tempo will prove to be way too much for the depleted Commodore defense.
Something has to give as the SEC’s worst offense meets the league’s worst defense in this showdown. In general, offenses around the league seem to be ahead of the defenses in this unusual COVID-19 season with SEC teams seemingly putting up video game numbers every week. Vandy is the one team that can’t seem to jump on the bandwagon, averaging a paltry 8 points per game with a season high of 12. On the flip side, while it hasn’t been a banner year for SEC defenses, Ole Miss has been especially atrocious at stopping anyone. The Rebels are giving up 44.6 points and 556 yards per game, easily the worst in the conference. As for the teams’ respective strengths, unfortunately Ole Miss has a decided edge. Lane Kiffin knows offense, and while Matt Corral can be erratic at times and throws a lot of picks, he can also put up a ton of yards and points. Just ask Nick Saban. The Commodore defense, after an impressive debut against Texas A&M, has looked far less formidable as the season has progressed. It’s hard to see them containing the Rebels’ explosive offense. Could this be the game Vandy scores TWO(!) touchdowns? If they can’t score against this team, especially with weeks of preparation, it’s hard to see them scoring points against anyone…
I’m going to keep it short but I think a well rested vandy team plays better, less mistakes, but still can’t overcome some of the obstacles they’ve been facing all season. 2 of the worst defenses in the sec gives opportunity for a lot of points on the board. I think ole miss’ high powered passing and ground attack will put up big numbers on the day. Ken Seals makes strides again but can’t do enough to get the commodores a dub. Vanderbilt gets its first rushing touchdown of the season and keeps it competitive going into half. The high powered ole miss offense is too much for our poor tackling defense and they pull away in second half.
After 2 bye weeks, I can’t wait to watch some Vanderbilt football. Historically, this series has been close, but I don’t know if that will be the case this weekend. I think Vandy keeps it close through halftime, but Ole Miss’s high-powered offense will eventually take control of this one.
Vanderbilt has had nearly three weeks to prepare for this high powered Ole Miss offense which features star WR Elijah Moore. The Commodores certainly don’t stop the Rebel offensive charge but they somewhat contain the production and force a few turnovers. Vanderbilt still looks a little sloppy and a step behind of the offensive side of the ball but are still able to score two touchdowns due to the lack of defense for the Rebels. The Commodores will be in the game of halftime but eventually the lethal Ole Miss offense and Lane Kiffin role in the 2nd half to cruise to a fairly easy win in Nashville on Halloween tomorrow afternoon.
Lane Kiffin and the Rebels have hung big numbers on some big teams so far this season, which I think will be the downfall of Vanderbilt. Vandy’s defense has flat-out not been good this year, and the high-powered Ole Miss offense is sure to take advantage of that. Regarding Vanderbilt’s offense, Ole Miss’ defense has also struggled throughout their first 5 games, so I’m expecting the Commodores to double their per-game point average tonight. Overall, the I see the Rebels taking advantage of the lackluster Commodore defense early, while Vandy gets in the end zone a few times to cut the deficit. Not expecting a whole lot from the Dores, especially after three weeks off.
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