Through 3 Quarters

The Stanford Cardinal were expected to win this one, and they are just one quarter away from fulfilling that expectation. After three quarters it's looking more and more like their high-powered offense is just too much for the Vanderbilt Commodores as Stanford lead 34-17. The Cardinal have been led by QB Tanner McKee, who so far has passed for two TDs and 201 yards on 26 attempts in addition to punching in one rushing touchdown.

Both Stanford and Vanderbilt were victorious their last time out, but right now only Stanford is in position to continue that streak. We'll see if Stanford can maintain their lead to polish off another win and cancel out Vanderbilt's positive energy.

Who's Playing

Stanford @ Vanderbilt

Current Records: Stanford 1-1; Vanderbilt 1-1

What to Know

If the oddsmakers' predictions hold true, the near future looks bright for the Stanford Cardinal. They are staying on the road Saturday to face off against the Vanderbilt Commodores at 8 p.m. ET Sept. 18 at Vanderbilt Stadium. Stanford won't have the home-field advantage, but they do enjoy a 13-point advantage in the spread.

The Cardinal beat the USC Trojans 42-28 last week. Stanford can attribute much of their success to RB Nathaniel Peat, who rushed for one TD and 115 yards on six carries, and QB Tanner McKee, who passed for two TDs and 234 yards on 22 attempts in addition to punching in one rushing touchdown. That touchdown -- an 87-yard rush in the first quarter -- was one of the highlights of the contest.

Meanwhile, Vanderbilt sure made it a nail-biter, but they managed to escape with a 24-21 victory over the Colorado State Rams last week. No one had a standout game offensively for Vanderbilt, but they got scores from WR Chris Pierce Jr. and WR Cam Johnson. Seals had some trouble finding his footing against the ETSU Buccaneers two weeks ago, so this was a step in the right direction.

Their wins lifted both teams to an identical 1-1. Watch the matchup and check back on CBS Sports to find out who keeps up the positive energy and who hits a stumbling block.

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday at 8 p.m. ET
  • Where: Vanderbilt Stadium -- Nashville, Tennessee
  • TV: ESPN University
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $6.00

Odds

The Cardinal are a big 13-point favorite against the Commodores, according to the latest college football odds.

The line has drifted a bit towards the Cardinal, as the game opened with the Cardinal as an 11-point favorite.

Over/Under: -111

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Series History

This is the first time these teams have played each other within the last six years.