Vanderbilt football vs. Northern Illinois: Our final score predictions are in

Dani Mohr
Nashville Tennessean

The Vanderbilt Commodores will face the Northern Illinois Huskies on Saturday.

After suffering a 45-25 loss to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, the Commodores are preparing to turn things around. Quarterback Mike Wright, who only threw for 35 yards last week, was named starter despite being replaced by freshman AJ Swann. He has the opportunity to prove himself and allow Vanderbilt to bounce back.

Here's what our experts had to predict for Vanderbilt football's Week 3 matchup.

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Aria Gerson, Vanderbilt beat reporter

Vanderbilt 35, Northern Illinois 28: This wouldn't be the first time under Lea that the Commodores have gone on the road and bounced back following a tough loss, and Saturday they do just that.

Gentry Estes, sports columnist

Vanderbilt 30, Northern Illinois 28: This is a pivotal game for the Commodores’ season after last week’s deflating defeat. Won’t be easy, but I think they do enough to get it done.

John Adams, senior sports columnist

Northern Illinois 37, Vanderbilt 30: A ridiculous preseason rumor circulating among the secret Nashville society known as the Commodores Fan Club: Vanderbilt could begin the season 4-0. The Commodores lost to Wake Forest last week, so that isn't happening.