Alabama are back home to welcome Vanderbilt as both teams open the SEC game in Week 4 of College Football on Saturday.
Vanderbilt comes by surprise 3-1, already surpassing last season’s win total, to face SEC favorite West Crimson Tide, 3-0.
Here’s what you need to know about this weekend’s showdown.
how to watch
When: Saturday, September 24
Time: 7:30pm Eastern
TV: SEC Network
Stream: fuboTV (Start your free trial)
Odds, point spread, betting lines
Line: Alabama -40.5
Money Line: N/A
FPI Pick: Alabama 98.6%
What do you need to know
Vanderbilt: This offensive line has performed admirably so far, allowing only 2 sacks a year and helping to protect a pair of passers with over 60% on AJ Swann and Mike Wright. Together they have 12 air TDs and only 1 pick, while Wright is also a capable rusher, 2nd on the team with 264 yards and 4 of Dores’ 9 run scores for a unit that racks up 217 ypg and 5.8 ypc. Will Sheppard is Vanderbilt’s main target, catching 23 passes for 7 of the team’s 12 TDs.
Alabama: This is still the SEC’s best total defense and 7th nationally, allowing for 8.7 points per game. Unless the Commodores are making 8- to 9-yard plays on every snap, he doesn’t have the speed or physicality to tangle with Alabama’s chasing group, which has the quickness to match the Vandy-designed quarterback runs at the edges. . Bama runs a 7.5-yard clip on each carry but wants to take Jahmyr Gibbs, the high-profile transfer who has yet to run for a TD, into the end zone.
Alabama vs Vanderbilt: Fast Facts
+ Vandy has 15 TDs in 17 red zone trips, 5th in FBS
+ Alabama leads nation with 89 non-offensive touchdowns under Nick Saban
+ Vanderbilt’s AJ Swann is 1st in the SEC with 188.6 pass efficiency mark
+ Alabama has scored over 30 points in 51 of their last 59 games and over 40 in 42 of their last 59
+ Vanderbilt has a takeaway in 13 straight games, the SEC’s longest streak
+ Bama has won 49 of his last 50 by scoring a TD on his opening drive
+ Will Sheppard from Vandy leads FBS with 7 TDs rec
+ Alabama is 164-9 (0.948) leading at halftime under Saban and has had halftime lead in 82 of their last 103 games since 2015
+ Vanderbilt is 1-16 against Alabama in Tuscaloosa
+ Alabama forced at least 1 turnover in 93 of their last 103 games
+ Vanderbilt is 4-0 by scoring 30+ points under Clark Lea and 1-11 by scoring 0-30 points
+ Alabama is 8th nationally with a red zone defense mark of 21.7% (10 out of 46)
+ Vandy is 2-2 under Lea by winning the turnover battle and 0-5 by losing her
With all due respect to Vanderbilt and his newfound success on offense, his skill pieces are still no match for the Tide’s front seven combo.
Granted, Alabama didn’t look so normal on offense. Texas’ game problems are still unresolved: there have been atypical penalties, the game in progress is still not moving at high speed, and Bryce Young could get a little more help from his receivers.
But the economy of scale that exists between an Alabama team not playing to their potential and a Vanderbilt team doing better than expected is still as wide a chasm as the SEC’s.
Forecast of the college football headquarters: Alabama 45, Vanderbilt 10
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