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How the public is betting Tennessee vs. No. 23 Auburn

Auburn will return to the field for the first time since Halloween for a game against Tennessee.

NCAA Football: Auburn at Mississippi Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

The Auburn Tigers have a tough couple weeks coming up, but first they will need to take care of business against the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday night at home. After this weekend, Auburn will see No. 1 Alabama and No. 5 Texas A&M for its next two games.

This could be looked at as a potential trap spot for Auburn, but the Tigers are going to be competing in their first game since Halloween night, a 48-11 home win over LSU. As for Tennessee, yikes. This is not a very good football team right now. After starting out the season 2-0, the Volunteers have not looked good being handled fairly easily in each of their last four games. Quarterback play is a major issue, and there hasn’t been a lot of evidence that will improve.

So where are sports bettors going as we get closer to game time? Let’s take a look. All odds and info were provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.

Point Spread

The point spread for this game has the Tigers favored by 10.5 points according to DraftKings, and bettors are siding with Auburn. Of all the bettors who wagered on the spread of this game, 68% of the bets are on the Tigers, though just 57% of the handle.

Is the public right? You’re asking me to choose a side in a game coached by Gus Malzahn? Okay, I guess. Let’s roll with Auburn, so I’ll agree with the public. It still might have a lot to play for depending what happens the rest of the way in the SEC West, so the Tigers should have enough motivation to beat a team they are clearly better than.


The point total is set at 50.5 and while the percentage of bets are going toward the over, a lot of money is on the under in this one. Eighty-five percent of bets are rooting for points, while 59% of the wagers are on the under for this game.

Is the public right? I’ll side with where the money is going in this game. Tennessee’s quarterback position is a disaster right now, and there’s probably a 50% chance we see multiple quarterbacks play for the Volunteers. Only Kentucky and Mississippi State are worse than Tennessee throwing the ball in the SEC with 6.4 yards per attempt.


Auburn has -435 odds to win this game outright with Tennessee at +320 with plenty of bettors riding with the Tigers, getting 89% of the moneyline bets and 84% of the handle.

Is the public right? Anything can happen in a game involving Malzahn, but nothing suggests Auburn should lose this game even if it hasn’t played in three weeks. I’ll side with the Tigers bettors.

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