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Vanderbilt Commodores Host the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in Week 1 NCAA Football Betting Odds Action

The Vanderbilt Commodores will do battle with the visiting Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on Thursday, looking to bolster their record and fatten the pocketbooks of betting fans who back them.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The home Vanderbilt Commodores were -17.5-point favorites in this NCAA football battle at Bovada earlier (watch for line movement). No over under line was available early in the week, but was set to be posted shortly.

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at Odds Shark pick a 32-22 result in favor of the Hilltoppers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Vanderbilt Commodores Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Vanderbilt will face the 8-5 Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, who own a 6-7 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Vanderbilt Commodores are 5-7 so far this season while the Hilltoppers are 9-3-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Vanderbilt vs Western Kentucky injuries news.

According to the Power Rankings here at Odds Shark it's the No. 124-rated Vanderbilt Commodores and the No. 37-rated Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Vanderbilt's No. 119-ranked offense, averaging 17.17 PPG, against a Western Kentucky defense that ranks No. 124 this week at 39.92 PPG. The Vanderbilt aerial game is averaging 179.08 yards per game, less than the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers secondary allows through the air, 289.23 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers own the league's No. 36-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 147.17 yards per game when on the road. Vanderbilt, on the other hand, rates No. 88 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Brandon Doughty throttled the Chippewas defense in his team's most recent action, throwing for 486 yards as Western Kentucky handed Central Michigan a 49-48 defeat.

The Commodores suffered a Week 14 loss against Tennessee in their last game, falling 24-17 at Vanderbilt Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Western Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of Western Kentucky's last 14 games
  • Western Kentucky is 15-8 ATS in its last 23 games on the road
  • Western Kentucky is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • Vanderbilt is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Vanderbilt is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Vanderbilt's last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Vanderbilt's last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Western Kentucky home to Louisiana Tech, Thursday, September 10th
Vanderbilt home to Georgia, Saturday, September 12th