SEC Football Preview: Alabama A&M at Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt-Alabama-A&M-Football Game Preview

Vanderbilt faces Alabama A&M on Saturday in Nashville. 14Powers.com previews this SEC football game and predicts the final score.

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TEAM SCHEDULES/RESULTS

Vanderbilt

Date Opponent Time TV
26-Aug vs. Hawaii 7:30 PM ET W 35-28
2-Sep vs. Alabama A&M 7:00 PM ET ESP+
9-Sep at Wake Forest 11:00 AM ET ACCN
16-Sep at UNLV 7:00 PM ET CBSS
23-Sep vs. Kentucky TBA
30-Sep vs. Missouri TBA
7-Oct at Florida TBA
14-Oct vs. Georgia TBA
28-Oct at Ole Miss TBA
4-Nov vs. Auburn TBA
11-Nov at South Carolina TBA
25-Nov at Tennessee TBA

Alabama A&M (First game)

Date Opponent Time TV
2-Sep at Vanderbilt 7:00 PM ET ESP+
9-Sep vs. Lane 7:00 PM ET
16-Sep at Southern University 7:00 PM ET ESP+
21-Sep vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff 7:30 PM ET ESPNU
30-Sep vs. Tuskegee 3:00 PM ET
7-Oct vs. Jackson State* 5:00 PM ET
14-Oct at Grambling State 3:00 PM ET ESP+
28-Oct vs. Alabama State* 3:30 PM ET ESP+
4-Nov vs. Florida A&M 2:00 PM ET ESP+
11-Nov at Bethune-Cookman 1:00 PM ET
16-Nov vs. Mississippi Valley State 7:00 PM ET

COLLEGE FOOTBALL RATINGS

Rating Vanderbilt Alabama A&M
ESPN FPI 81 NR
Sagarin 95 231
Massey Composite 83 NR
PiRate Ratings 85 NR

KEY STATS (PER GAME, 2022)

Statistic Alabama A&M Vanderbilt
3rd Down Conversion Pct 0.290 0.368
3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense 0.427 0.397
4th Down Conversion Pct 0.500 0.379
4th Down Conversion Pct Defense 0.556 0.444
Blocked Kicks (75 ranked) 1
Blocked Kicks Allowed 3 0
Blocked Punts (30 ranked) 0 0
Blocked Punts Allowed 1 0
Completion Percentage 0.569 0.578
Defensive TDs 1 4
Fewest Penalties 93 63
Fewest Penalties Per Game 8.45 5.25
Fewest Penalty Yards 931 553
Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game 84.64 46.08
First Downs Defense 227 256
First Downs Offense 228 210
Fumbles Lost 9 10
Fumbles Recovered 9 10
Kickoff Return Defense 14.73 19.48
Kickoff Returns 18.04 21.29
Net Punting 34.28 38.19
Passes Had Intercepted 15 6
Passes Intercepted 9 6
Passing Offense 220 187.3
Passing Yards Allowed 225.9 290.5
Passing Yards per Completion 11.98 11.24
Punt Return Defense 6.83 15.16
Punt Returns 5.85 4.67
Red Zone Defense 0.81 0.844
Red Zone Offense 0.795 0.857
Rushing Defense 156.9 170.8
Rushing Offense 159.9 159.9
Sacks Allowed 2.18 1.25
Scoring Defense 32.1 36
Scoring Offense 20.5 24.6
Tackles for Loss Allowed 6.27 4.83
Team Passing Efficiency 115.94 129.89
Team Passing Efficiency Defense 132.82 158.78
Team Sacks 2.09 1.42
Team Tackles for Loss 7 5.2
Time of Possession 33:24:00 32:03:00
Total Defense 382.8 461.3
Total Offense 379.9 347.2
Turnover Margin -0.55 0.00
Turnovers Gained 18 16
Turnovers Lost 24 16
Winning Percentage 0.364 0.417

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Vanderbilt

QB AJ Swann, RB Chase Gillespie, WR Will Sheppard, OL Julian Hernandez, WR Quincy Skinner Jr., DL Darren Agu, LB Ethan Barr, S De’Rickey Wright, CB BJ Anderson, P Matthew Hayball, LS Wesley Schelling.

Alabama A&M

QB Quincy Casey, RB Donovan Eaglin, WR Cameron Young, OL Jonathan Williams, DE Zareon Hayes, DT Dorian Wesley, DB avian Rice, K Victor Barbosa.

INJURIES

Vanderbilt

Player		POS	Status
J. Palmer TE Ques Sat - Back
C. Spence TE out for season - Knee

Alabama A&M

None reported.

Source: Covers.com

Vanderbilt vs. Alabama A&M Football Series History

COMMENTS

Vandy enters its second week of football with a visit from Alabama A&M. The Commodores looked good at times and messy at other times during their opening 35-28 win over Hawaii, a team they defeated by over 50 points last season. Any time an FCS team gets a shot at a power conference school, they will be bouncing off the walls for that game. The Commodores had better take A&M seriously. Who can forget the horrible loss to East Tennessee State a couple seasons ago?

PREDICTIONS

14Powers Preseason Prediction

Vanderbilt 34, Alabama A&M 13

14Powers.com Gameweek Prediction

Vanderbilt 45, Alabama A&M 21

Saturday’s game kicks off at (7:00 PM ET). Watch this SEC football game on the SEC Network+ | ESPN+ Network.

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