Bet Under 52 for Temple vs. Vanderbilt College Football Pick

Jeff Grant

Monday, August 25, 2014 1:47 PM GMT

The Temple Owls and Vanderbilt Commodores College Football teams both lack perimeter weapons offensively, which will lead to a low-scoring affair in Nashville.

Walker is Back
Temple has an opportunity to improve upon its 2-10 straight-up record heading into its second year under head coach Matt Rhule, which is important to consider when looking over the College Football odds page, especially with PJ Walker returning under center.

The sophomore signal-caller was part of a group that set a single-season record for passing yards (2,996), while he also threw for 20 touchdowns and eight interceptions in taking over the starting role in the middle of the 2013 campaign.

College Football handicappers need to be careful in expecting a major improvement on those numbers, as the program lacks experience at the wide receiver position with the departures of Ryan Alderman and Robbie Anderson.

 

Starting Anew 
Vanderbilt is hoping to continue trending upward in the Southeastern Conference with the arrival of former Stanford Cardinal defensive coordinator Derek Mason, as he takes over for James Franklin, who filled the head coaching vacancy at Penn State.

NCAA football insiders are expecting the Commodores to play physical on both sides of the ball, while they’ll elect to run a pro-style offense under coordinator Karl Dorrell.

With six offensive and four defensive starters returning—it’s going to be hard for this group to win nine or more games for a third consecutive campaign.

 

Stop Unit
The Owls return eight defensive starters from a year ago, which can’t be ignored when making your College Football picks, especially with junior linebacker Tyler Matakevich back in the fold.

Matakevich could surpass his team-high 137 tackles from last season, as he prepares to play behind a defensive line that welcomes back seven players with starting experience.

 

Robinette Earns the Job
Patton Robinette has won the job under center for the Commodores, which didn’t surprise many close to the program, as he was a three-game starter during the 2013 season.

Vanderbilt won’t ask him to do much in the offense in the early going, as he completed just 52.3 percent of his passes last year.

The Commodores will try to pound the football behind a line that welcomes back four starters, including two-year players at the center and guard positions.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their Week 1 college football picks, as I expect both defenses to be ahead of the offenses at Vanderbilt Stadium.

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