Bama Vs Vandy Odds & Betting AdviceJosh Bailey
No. 1 Alabama Looks to Avoid Upset Against Unbeaten and Revitalized Vanderbilt
The top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide will look to avoid the upset against the similarly unbeaten and clearly revitalized Vanderbilt Commodores when they make their first trip to Vanderbilt since 2007 and first meeting against Vandy since 2011 in what now looks like an intriguing Week 4 SEC showdown just waiting to happen.
These SEC foes will square off at Vanderbilt Stadium at 3:30 PM ET while airing live on CBS. Now, let’s find out if the Tide will roll or roll over!
Alabama Vs Vanderbilt Odds & Betting Advice
No. 1 Alabama (3-0) at Vanderbilt (3-0)
When: Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 3:30 PM ET
Where: Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee
Odds: Alabama -18.5
Stream: CBS Sports
Why Bet Vanderbilt Commodores Odds at +18.5
Vanderbilt improved to 3-0 on the season by recording a fantastic, 14-7 win over No. 18 Kansas State on Saturday as red-hot quarterback Kyle Shurmur completed 14 of 23 passes for 205 yards and one touchdown while rushing for Vanderbilt’s only other score as well. For the season, Shurmur has completed 49 of 69 passes for 703 yards, with eight touchdowns and no interceptions. He leads the SEC in passing and is sixth nationally in passing efficiency (194.9 rating). Now, the Commodores will try to back up their head coach’s words from this summer.
"But here’s what I tell you. I don’t fear anybody, and our team as well," Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason said in the summer. "So when we line up to play Alabama, we got to line up to play Alabama. … When we face Alabama, we’re going to be ready to play."
Vanderbilt leads the SEC in scoring defense by limiting the opposition to just 4.3 points per game while also ranking first in pass defense (95.3 yards per game) and total defense (198.3 yards per game). The Commodores allow just 3.4 yards per play.
Why Bet Alabama Crimson Tide Odds at -18.5
Alabama beat Colorado State 41-23 on Saturday to move to 3-0, but the Tide didn’t dominate like many expected and never came close to cover the spread as 31-point home favorites. Dual-threat quarterback Jalen Hurts completed 12 of 17 passes for 248 yards and a pair of touchdowns while simultaneously leading Alabama’s rushing attack with 103 yards and an additional score.
Running back Bo Scarborough rushed for 66 yards and one score while Damien Harris added 53 rushing yards and another touchdown. Alabama also recorded two interceptions in the win but allowed the Rams to go 10-for-17 on third down while losing the time of possession battle.
Now, the Tide are on alert against a Vanderbilt program that head coach Nick Saban has nothing but good things to say about.
"They do a great job of executing on both sides of the ball," Saban said. "I think the results that they’ve gotten so far this season certainly bear that out. The quarterback’s a really good player and he’s very efficient in what he does with the offense, run and pass. They make some explosive plays. They run the ball effectively. They’re physical. Same way on defense.
"There’s no question about the buy-in to the program and the job that he’s (Mason) done there," Saban added.
Bama Vs Vandy Betting Advice
While a compelling 69 percent of public bettors already likes Alabama to cover the spread in this one, I’m going to urge you to go with the 31 percent that is backing Vanderbilt with the nearly three touchdowns.
The Commodores are a near-perfect 6-1 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games and a positive 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games in the month of September.
Alabama, on the other hand, has gone 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight-up win and an identical 2-5 ATS in their L/7 games against a team with a winning record.