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How and what to watch for Tennessee vs. No. 23 Auburn

After their respective games were postponed last week, the Vols and Tigers will do battle on the Plains on Saturday.

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Like the rest of the college football world, COVID-19 has disrupted the flow of the season for both the Auburn Tigers and the Tennessee Volunteers. After their respective hiatuses, the two schools are set to collide on the Plains this Saturday for a late-November SEC clash.

The last time the Tigers were in action, they were in the midst of taking LSU to the woodshed in the midst of a 48-11 thrashing on Halloween. Sophomore quarterback Bo Nix took advantage of a struggling LSU defense with the best start of his career, going 18-of-24 for 300 yards and three touchdowns through the air and adding an additional 81 yards and a score on the ground. Gus Malzahn’s squad was unable to follow up on the big performance with both their games against Texas A&M and Mississippi State being postponed in successive weeks.

While Auburn caught a little bit of fire before their extended layoff, Tennessee was in the middle of their descent, dropping a fourth straight game in a 24-13 loss to Arkansas on Nov. 7. Ranked 94th in offensive SP+, Jeremy Pruitt’s ballclub has been far below average in success rate and explosiveness and it has shown. They’ve combined for only four touchdowns in their last three outings. Maybe last week’s postponement of the Texas A&M game was a blessing.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Tennessee vs. Auburn on Saturday, November 21st at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Tennessee vs. Auburn (-10.5)
Point Total: 50.5
Money line: Tennessee (+320) vs. Auburn (-435)

  • Each of Tennessee’s last six games in November have gone UNDER the total points line.
  • Tennessee has failed to cover the spread in each of its last four games.

Betting splits

Tennessee: (43% of handle, 32% percent of bets)
Auburn: (57% of handle, 68% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

Nix showed out on Halloween, but an emerging star for Auburn has been running back Tank Bigsby who broke off 71 yards and two touchdowns against LSU.

Auburn has moved the ball well on the ground, ranking 24th in rushing success rate. Tennessee’s defense has struggled to keep team off-schedule on traditional rushing downs, ranking 97th. Expect Auburn to control the tempo by gashing the Vols with their young back. While they may not go nuclear like in the LSU game, they should be able to keep their distance against a sputtering Vols roster.

Pick: Auburn -10.5

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