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At FirstBank Stadium on Saturday, Re’Mahn Davis and the Kentucky Wildcats (3-0) play Will Sheppard and the Vanderbilt Commodores (2-2) in a matchup featuring a pair of the biggest stars in college football on offense, starting at 12:00 PM ET.
The Wildcats are very heavy favorites (currently -14) in their matchup against the Commodores, with the over/under being 50.5 points. (In terms of the moneyline, the Wildcats are -629 and the Commodores are +450.)
Game Info for Kentucky vs. Vanderbilt
- Game Day: Saturday, September 23, 2023
- Game Time: 12:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: SEC Network
- Location: Nashville, Tennessee
- Stadium: FirstBank Stadium
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Kentucky Pick Insights
- Kentucky has covered the spread twice in three games this season.
- Kentucky has a 2-1 record against the spread in games it was favored by 14 points or more this season.
- One of Kentucky’s three games with a set total has hit the over (33.3%).
Kentucky Stats & Insights
- Kentucky is putting up 407 yards per game on offense (57th in the FBS), and rank 26th defensively, yielding 281.7 yards allowed per game.
- On the defensive side of the ball, Kentucky has been a top-25 unit, ranking 12th-best by allowing just 11.3 points per game. The offense ranks 41st (35.7 points per game).
- Kentucky is putting up 285 passing yards per game on offense (31st in the FBS), and ranks 66th on defense with 210.7 passing yards allowed per game.
- Kentucky ranks 101st in rushing yards this season (122 rushing yards per game), but has been thriving on the defensive side of the ball, ranking 14th-best in the FBS with 71 rushing yards allowed per game.
- Kentucky has the 32nd-ranked third-down offense this year (48.3% third-down conversion rate), but has been worse defensively, ranking 20th-worst with a 47.7% third-down conversion rate allowed.
- Kentucky owns the 59th-ranked turnover margin in college football at even, forcing five turnovers (46th in the FBS) while turning it over five times (78th in the FBS).
Kentucky’s Best Players
- Devin Leary has racked up 855 yards (285 ypg) on 58-of-95 passing with eight touchdowns compared to three interceptions this season.
- The team’s top rusher, Davis, has carried the ball 33 times for 236 yards (78.7 per game) and three touchdowns. He’s proven to be a dual threat, hauling in 143 receiving yards on nine catches with two touchdowns through the air.
- Demie Sumo has carried the ball four times for 58 yards (19.3 per game) and one touchdown.
- Tayvion Robinson’s leads his squad with 260 yards as a receiver. He’s racked up that yardage on 14 catches (out of 16 targets) and scored three touchdowns.
- Dane Key has compiled nine receptions for 138 yards, an average of 46 yards per game. He’s scored one time as a receiver this season.
- Trevin Wallace leads the team with 3.5 sacks. He’s also the team’s tackle leader, and has collected four TFL and 20 tackles.
- Maxwell Hairston leads the team with one interception, while also collecting 15 tackles, one TFL, and one pass defended.
Vanderbilt Betting Insights
- Vanderbilt has not covered the spread in a game yet this year (0-4-0).
- Three of Vanderbilt’s four games with a set total have hit the over (75%).
Vanderbilt Pick Insights
- With 400.3 total yards per game on offense, Vanderbilt ranks 63rd in the FBS in 2023. Defensively, it ranks 98th, surrendering 389 total yards per contest.
- With 34.8 points per game on the offensive side of the ball, Vanderbilt ranks 44th in the FBS. On defense, it ranks 99th, allowing 29.3 points per contest.
- In terms of passing, Vanderbilt ranks 28th in the FBS (288.8 passing yards per game) and 93rd on the other side of the ball (241.5 passing yards allowed per contest).
- Vanderbilt’s rushing offense has been a bottom-25 unit this season, generating 111.5 rushing yards per game, which ranks 25th-worst in the FBS. Defensively, it ranks 89th with 147.5 rushing yards allowed per contest.
- Vanderbilt has been struggling on third down, ranking 22nd-worst with a 46.9% third-down conversion percentage allowed per game. It has been more effective on offense, generating a 47.4% third-down rate (38th-ranked).
- Vanderbilt has produced six forced turnovers (25th in the FBS) and committed eight turnovers (121st in the FBS) this season for a -2 turnover margin that ranks 102nd in the FBS.
Vanderbilt’s Best Players
- AJ Swann has racked up 1,062 yards (265.5 ypg) while completing 57.1% of his passes and tossing 11 touchdown passes with four interceptions this season.
- Patrick Smith is his team’s leading rusher with 40 carries for 200 yards, or 50 per game. He’s found the end zone one time on the ground, as well.
- Sedrick Alexander has taken 31 carries and totaled 132 yards with two touchdowns.
- Sheppard has totaled 25 receptions this season and his team-high yardage total sits at 314 (78.5 yards per game). He’s been targeted 39 times and has six touchdowns.
- Jayden McGowan has caught 23 passes and compiled 295 receiving yards (73.8 per game).
- London Humphreys’ nine catches (on 17 targets) have netted him 266 yards (66.5 ypg) and three touchdowns.
- CJ Taylor leads the team with three sacks. He’s also the team’s tackle leader, and has racked up five TFL and 22 tackles.
- De’Rickey Wright leads the team with two interceptions, while also putting up 10 tackles and two passes defended.