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Vanderbilt opens as 18-point underdog vs. Ole Miss

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I suppose at this point we should be asking whether this game will even get played.

NCAA Football: Vanderbilt at Mississippi Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

At least on the schedule, the Vanderbilt Commodores are back in action this week with the Ole Miss Rebels coming to town. Vanderbilt has not played since October 10, with the Missouri game originally scheduled for October 17 postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak and Vanderbilt’s previously-scheduled bye week on Saturday.

Anyway, Vanderbilt opened as an 18-point underdog on Sunday per Ole Miss is 1-4 on the season and 2-3 against the spread, failing to cover in its last two games, while Vanderbilt is 0-3 on the season and 1-2 against the spread, failing to cover in back-to-back 41-7 losses to LSU and South Carolina prior to things being shut down.

As far as whether this one will get played, well, Chris Lee hinted last week that it might not, though Vanderbilt is playing things close to the vest here. Anybody who tested positive on October 12 — when the Missouri game was officially postponed — should be available to return this week, though it’s an open question if anyone else has fallen into the web of contract tracing and positive tests in the meantime. For the record, Jeff Sagarin’s Predictor rating thinks Ole Miss should be favored by about 13 points.