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To beat the Music City Bowl odds, you have to put a heck of a lot of work into the game. Our college football expert handicappers have done just that here at Cappers Info, and we think that we have the winning edge for the clash between the NC State Wolfpack vs. Vanderbilt Commodores.
Music City Bowl Picks: NC State Wolfpack vs. Vanderbilt Commodores
Date: Monday, December 31st, 12:00 ET
Location: LP Field, Nashville, TN
Music City Bowl Betting Odds: Vanderbilt -7
NC State vs. Vanderbilt Live TV Coverage: ESPN
We’ve got to be a little careful with the Music City Bowl, knowing that this is a game that features a real home field advantage for the Commodores, playing not all that far away from their campus. NC State is coming into this game without a head coach, as Tom O’Brien was unceremoniously dismissed immediately after a seemingly relatively successful 7-5 season was finished off. Of course, this is a team that has played terrible ball on the road during the entire tenure of O’Brien, so perhaps that might be for the better in terms of the expectations in this game.
We just don’t think that QB Mike Glennon is going to be able to get the ball moving against this defense. Glennon did throw for 3,648 yards and 30 TDs this season, but he was just all over the place this year and was wildly inconsistent. He threw for 493 yards and five TDs against the Clemson Tigers and 440 yards and four TDs against the Miami Hurricanes, but he also put up just 197 yards with three picks against the Virginia Cavaliers and 288 yards with four INTs against the Tennessee Volunteers. Now comes a Vandy defense that might have the best secondary that he has faced all season long, as this unit ranked ninth in America against the pass at 175.8 yards per game.
Head Coach James Franklin knows that this is a tremendously important game to win for the growth of his program. He has the quarterback to get the job done in QB Jordan Rodgers, and he has both a 1,000-yard back in RB Zac Stacy and a 1,000+ yard receiver in WR Jordan Matthews that can move the ball up and down the field when push comes to shove. There’s just too much here for the Commodores. We hate laying more than a few points in these bowl games, as we do think that the underdogs normally are the ones that have a lot of value attached to them, but in this case, we just don’t see how NC State is going to be able to get off of the mat against a very underrated SEC outfit.
NC State vs. Vanderbilt Pick: Vanderbilt Commodores -7
Music City Bowl Score Prediction: Vanderbilt 23 – NC State 10