VAN­DER­BILT over Ne­vada by 12

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A good num­ber of cap­pers and play­ers alike were taken be­hind the shed in last week’s stun­ning 35-7 Van­der­bilt win over Mid­dle Ten­nessee (pub­lic money pushed the line from Vandy -6.5 to -3 at clos­ing). Half­time ad­just­ments were the key: after MTSU QB Brent Stock­still lit up the Van­der­bilt sec­ondary by com­plet­ing 10 of his first 12 passes for 100 yards in the first quar­ter alone, he was lim­ited to just 78 yards pass­ing in the sec­ond half. The Com­mies also outscored the Raiders 21-0 in quar­ters three and four, while the VU de­fense regis­tered 6 sacks for the en­tire game and forced a pair of turnovers. Ne­vada has the look of an up­start squad in 2018, steam­rolling Port­land State, 72-19, in its sea­son opener last week while pil­ing up 636 yards of of­fense. The go­ing will be a bit dif­fer­ent against an SEC squad to­day, though. Vandy is an eye-open­ing

in Nashville ver­sus in non-con­fer­ence op­po­nents the last seven-plus sea­sons, and those num­bers look even bet­ter when we see the Wolf Pack’s timid 3-23 SU record in road open­ers. Look for the SEC to make it 12 wins in a row over the Moun­tain West Con­fer­ence as Van­der­bilt im­proves to 4-1 ATS of late as home chalk.

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