The Purdue Boilermakers (0-1) host the Vanderbilt Commodores (0-1) in Week 2 college football action from Indiana. Kickoff is set for 12:00 PM EST on Saturday, September 7th at Ross-Ade Stadium and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
Taking a look at the Week 2 college football odds, Vanderbilt opened as a 9.5-point road underdog earlier this week. That line has moved down substantially after early betting, as the Commodores are currently listed at +7.5. The total for the game is sitting at 55.5 points.
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Vanderbilt hung tough against Georgia in Week 1 despite losing 30-6 and dropping to 0-1 on the season. The Commodores were especially strong defensively in the second half, holding a talented Bulldogs offense to only nine points. On the other side of the ball, Vanderbilt QB Riley Neal struggled immensely to create any real momentum all game long. Neal completed just over 50% of his passes and was held to just 85 yards through the air by an extremely tough Georgia defense. The ground attack wasn’t that much better, as RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn led the way with 74 yards on 15 carries. He also caught three passes for 24 yards, which also was a team-high. It was definitely a very long game for the Vanderbilt receiving corps, as no wide receiver managed to gain more than 16 yards total.
The Commodores defense didn’t actually play that badly against Georgia, especially against the pass where they held Jake Fromm to just 156 yards passing and one touchdown. However, Bulldogs running back D’Andre Swift was able to rack up 149 rushing yards on only 16 carries while Brian Herrien and James Cook combined for two touchdowns.
Purdue looked to be well on their way to a solid 1-0 start to their 2019 season against Nevada last weekend before disaster struck in the second half. The Boilermakers got outscored 27-7 over the final two quarters of the game en route to an extremely disappointing 34-31 upset loss in a game they were favored to win by double-digits. QB Elijah Sindelar certainly did his part, passing for 423 yards and four touchdowns in a losing cause. WR Rondale Moore also had a big game, catching 11 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown. As a whole, Purdue scored 31 points on over 500 yards of total offense.
The biggest reason for the Boilermakers collapse against Nevada was clearly their poor play defensively. Purdue allowed Wolf Pack QB Carson Strong to pass for almost 300 yards and three touchdowns. If they hope to avoid a second straight loss to begin the season, it is absolutely imperative that the defense is able to correct some pretty big issues in a hurry.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Vanderbilt +7.5
Purdue has been a very difficult team to get a read on as of late, playing extremely well against superior opponents and totally collapsing against teams that they should be able to beat with relative ease. Last years huge upset at home against Ohio State seems like it was decades ago after Week 1’s self-destruction in a game that appeared to be over at halftime. While I think that the Boilermakers do deserve to be favored in this particular matchup, I was impressed with how well the Commodores held up against Georgia. Their offense should have much more success in Week 2 against a well below average Purdue defense. Vanderbilt also appears to have a significant edge on defense, as they held the #3 overall Bulldogs to fewer points than Purdue gave up to the Wolf Pack in Week 1.
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It is also worth noting how well the Commodores have held up on the road as of late, winning five out of their last seven games. Purdue has also been on a bit of a downswing since the tail end of the 2018, losing four out of their last five contests. The Boilermakers have really struggled against SEC opponents over their last couple of meetings, going 0-2 over that time span. Ultimately, I just have a little bit more faith in Vanderbilt in this matchup despite the dynamic duo Purdue is rolling out on offense in Sindelar and Rondale Moore. I’ll take the better defensive team and expect a close, hard-fought game that could ultimately go either way, which makes the 7.5 points even more appealing- give me the Commodores!