Vanderbilt Commodores at UMass Minutemen (+32)
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The first question that Ole Woody Smalls (17-16 in 2013) has in his evaluation of who is going to win this less than epic College Football battle is why in the heck is an SEC team, even the Vanderbilt Commodores, traveling to New England to face the UMass Minutemen?
This is probably acceptable in basketball but never in football with the SEC. The only reason this guy can think of for scheduling the game is that there are a lot of big money boosters from the legal, financial and medical fields in that neck of the woods who paid and asked for a “home game” in their backyard.
So what do you need to know from a betting perspective on this game? Well, UMass is picked to finish at the bottom of the MAC Eastern Division, they are splitting time between a pair of quarterbacks and they don’t feel they have a receiver or running back with breakaway speed.
Oh, and they are currently No. 102 in passing, No. 109 in rushing, No. 129 in points scored and No. 104 in points allowed nationally on the season. Was it mentioned that the Minutemen are at 0-3 as well?
In other words, it is not going to take much for Vandy head coach James Franklin to get a lead and then to continue to work on some of the positive things the Commodores did in the second half against the South Carolina Gamecocks. A lot of things should get figured out in this game to say the least.
So take Vandy, give the points to UMass because the Commodores will cover and win, 62-11.