College Football Week 8 Picks: Auburn Tigers vs. Vanderbilt Commodores

Auburn Tigers at Vanderbilt Commodores
Saturday, 10/20/12, 12:20 PM EST, TV:  SEC Network
Opening Point Spread:  Vanderbilt -7
Current Betting Line:  Vanderbilt -7
Opening Total:  44
Current Total:  42.5
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The Vanderbilt Commodores are 10-4-1 ATS following a double-digit loss at home

Auburn has suffered three straight losses heading into this Southeastern Conference affair, including a 41-20 setback to the Mississippi Rebels as four-point road underdogs, while going OVER the total for the first time in three games.  The Tigers are 20-20-1 all-time in this particular series, but have won 13 of the last 14 meetings.  Head coach Gene Chizik is certainly on the hot seat, while the program is 10-7 under his direction during the month of October.  Auburn is 0-3 ATS on the road with a total between 42.5 and 49, with the OVER going 2-1 in that situation.

The Tigers will definitely be shooting for 30-points offensively in this affair, as they’ve won 75 consecutive games when doing so, which includes its lone victory against Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 15.  Auburn’s struggles begin and end under center, with its quarterbacks combining for three touchdowns and 11 interceptions this season.  The offense is the only unit in the SEC averaging fewer than 300 yards per game.

Vanderbilt will be playing in front of a sellout crowd in consecutive games for the first time since 1996, coming off a 31-17 setback to the Florida Gators as 9.5-point home underdogs.  The Commodores were out-gained on the ground by a 200-yard margin in that particular contest, while they’ve lost that battle in five of six games on the year.  It’s rather surprising when you consider the team has one of the better backs in the conference, with Zac Stacy ranking second on the school’s career list with 2,501 rushing yards.  Vanderbilt is 2-0 at home with a total between 42.5 and 45 since 2010.

The Commodores will look for quarterback Jordan Rodgers to lead the program to a second consecutive bowl appearance, as the senior has passed for 1,068 yards and three touchdowns this year.  Jordan Matthews and Chris Boyd rank as the conference’s top receiving duo, as they’ve combined for 170.3 receiving yards per game.  It’s not a surprising result due to head coach James Franklin being a former offensive coordinator.

Sports bettors will likely back the Commodores due to their 10-4-1 ATS mark following a double-digit loss at home, while the Tigers are 3-11 ATS versus losing opponents.

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