After its worst offensive performance of the season, the UMass football team is a major underdog this weekend against Vanderbilt.
Oddsmakers have the Commodores anywhere from a 31.5- to a 35-point favorite in Nashville, and who can blame them? The Minutemen haven’t been able to consistently pass the ball, and Vandy has a top-tier secondary. UMass has been up and down (mostly down) against the run, and the Commodores have one of the best running backs in the SEC.
Across the board, this one appears to be a mismatch.
Despite its record (3-4), Vanderbilt has put together a pretty solid program in the SEC. Head coach James Franklin led Vandy to a bowl game in his first year, and his 2012 recruiting class ranked No. 29 in the nation, according to Rivals.
A win against UMass would bring Vanderbilt back to .500 and set it up nicely to become bowl eligible, with games against Kentucky, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Wake Forest remaining on the schedule.