SEC Football Preview: Vanderbilt vs. Northern Illinois

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Vanderbilt hosts Northern Illinois on Saturday in Nashville. 14Powers.com previews the game and predicts the final score of this contest.

Team Schedules/Results

Vanderbilt

Date Opponent Result
08/31/19 Georgia L 6-30
09/07/19 @ Purdue L 24-42
09/21/19 LSU L 38-66
09/28/19 Northern Ill.
10/05/19 @ Mississippi
10/12/19 UNLV
10/19/19 Missouri
11/02/19 @ South Carolina
11/09/19 @ Florida
11/16/19 Kentucky
11/23/19 East Tenn. St.
11/30/19 @ Tennessee

Northern Illinois

Date Opponent Result
08/31/19 Illinois St. W 24-10
09/07/19 @ 19 Utah L 17-35
09/14/19 @ Nebraska L 8-44
09/28/19 @ Vanderbilt
10/05/19 Ball St.
10/12/19 @ Ohio
10/19/19 @ Miami (Ohio)
10/26/19 Akron
11/02/19 @ Central Mich.
11/13/19 @ Toledo
11/19/19 Eastern Mich.
11/26/19 Western Mich.

ESPN FPI

Vanderbilt: 72

Northern Illinois: 99

Key Stats

Stat Northern Ill. Vanderbilt
Rushing Offense 77.0 (127) 110.7 (113)
Passing Offense 270.0 (45) 252.7 (61)
Total Offense 347.0 (110) 363.3 (98)
Scoring Offense 16.3 (126) 22.7 (103)
Rushing Defense 160.7 (79) 178.3 (95)
Total Defense 390.0 (73) 539.3 (126)
Scoring Defense 29.7 (88) 46.0 (127)
Interceptions 1 (111) 2 (70)
Sacks 0.33 (129) 0.67 (124)
Tackles for loss 6.7 (52) 4.7 (104)
Turnover margin -0.33 (94) 0.0 (59)

Players to Watch

Vanderbilt

WR Kalija Lipscomb, RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn, TE Jared Pinkney, OL Devin Cochran, LB Dimitri Moore, DL Dayo Odeyingbo, PR Justin Shelton-Mosley.

Northern Illinois

QB Ross Bowers, RB Tre Harbison, WR Tyrice Richie, C Christopher Perez Jr., DE Quintin Wynne, LB Vinny Labus, DB Trayshon Foster.

Injuries

Vanderbilt

Date Pos Player Injury Status
09/22/19 OL Devin Cochran Undisclosed is “?” Saturday vs No Illinois
09/22/19 DB Frank Coppet Undisclosed is “?” Saturday vs No Illinois
09/22/19 OL Saige Young Undisclosed is “?” Saturday vs No Illinois
09/22/19 DL Eddie Zinn-Turner Undisclosed is “?” Saturday vs No Illinois
09/18/19 WR Amir Abdur-Rahman Undisclosed is out for season
09/18/19 RB Jamauri Wakefield Leg is out for season

Northern Illinois

None reported.

Source: Donbest.com

Comments

Vanderbilt is finally through the murderer’s row games and now it’s onto the rest of the Commodores’ season. Before the season we predicted a 28-point win by the ‘Dores. That’s now down to 13 points since Vandy’s defense has been almost non-existant in the first three games. Vandy should win this game but it’s not a for sure thing.

Our Preseason Prediction

Vanderbilt 38, N Illinois 10

In-Season 14Powers.com Prediction

Vanderbilt 34, Northern Illinois 21

Saturday‘s game kicks off at 11:00 AM CT (12:00 PM ET). Watch on the SEC Network.

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