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How and what to watch for LSU vs. Vanderbilt

The Tigers are searching for their first victory of the season after getting torched by Mississippi State last Saturday.

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After being torched by K.J. Costello and the new look Air Raid offense of Mississippi State last weekend, the No. 20 LSU Tigers are looking to right the ship this Saturday when traveling up to Music City to battle the Vanderbilt Commodores.

With several new faces starting on both sides of the ball and All-American cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. sidelined due to an allergic reaction, the defending national champs were lit up to the tune of a single-game SEC record 623 passing yards by Costello and the State offense in the season-opener. Filling the shoes of Joe Burrow for his first start, junior quarterback Myles Brennan threw for 345 yards and three touchdowns on just under 60 percent passing but also paired that with a couple of picks and was sacked seven times in the 44-34 loss.

Vandy kept things tight against No. 10 Texas A&M, making the Aggies sweat by forcing three turnovers and forcing a safety before ultimately falling 17-12. Notably, quarterback Ken Seals became just the third true freshman QB to start a season-opener in league history, going 20-of-29 on the day for 150 yards, one touchdown and two picks.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

Saturday’s game will kick off from Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville, TN, at 7:30 p.m. ET on SEC Network.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: LSU (-20.5) at Vanderbilt
Point Total: O/U 49.5 (-110)
Money line: LSU (-2500), Vanderbilt (+1050)

The Best Bet

While this is a bit of a get right game for LSU, I don’t anticipate them quite kicking things into full gear offensively, especially against a Commodore defense that held tough against TAMU. On the flip side, good luck trying to move the ball with a true freshman QB against a returning Derek Stingley Jr.

Pick: Under 49.5

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