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How and what to watch for Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt

Both teams are coming in pretty big losing streaks, but one has to leave Saturday’s game with a win, right?

 Jarrett Guarantano of the Tennessee Volunteers warms up before a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Razorback Stadium on November 7, 2020 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

In the game of college football, somebody has to win, which means either the Tennessee Volunteers or Vanderbilt Commodores will snap a fairly sizeable losing streak on Saturday.

Tennessee is checking in with a six-game losing streak and certainly did not deliver in what was a hype-filled offseason in Knoxville. The Volunteers’ ability to stop the run is the strong suit of this team and probably the best unit in this entire game as Tennessee is allowing 3.7 yards per carry, which ranks 36th across all of college football. Offensively, you’re not going to find many positives as the Volunteers rank 107th in yards per play.

As for Vanderbilt, you’re not going to find any positives across the field. With a winless record and not much signs of life, that’s when a head coach gets fired even during a pandemic. After last weekend’s game against Georgia was postponed, this will be Vandy’s first game with Todd Fitch operating as the interim head coach after Derek Mason was fired. Motivation could be a major key in this game.

Tennessee snapped a three-game losing streak the last time these two teams met up with a 28-10 home win in 2019.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 4:00 p.m. ET on the SEC Network, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Tennessee (-16) vs. Vanderbilt
Point Total: 50
Money line: Tennessee (-835), Vanderbilt (+540)

Betting splits against spread

Tennessee: (85% of action, 77% of bets)
Vanderbilt: (15% of action, 23% of bets)

  • Tennessee is 0-6 straight up in its last six games, while Vanderbilt is 0-9 in its last nine.
  • The under hit in each of Tennessee’s last five games, and Vanderbilt hit the under in 12 of its last 17.
  • Tennessee is 1-5 against the spread in its last six games and 1-7 against the number in its last eight against Vanderbilt.
  • The under hit in 10 of the last 14 times these two teams faced each other.

The Best Bet

I wanted so bad to take Tennessee in this spot because I do not think we will get much of an effort out of Vanderbilt this weekend, but I cannot go to bed at night feeling happy with my decision to lay more than two touchdowns with this Volunteers offense. Let’s just go with the under and hope for the best, which has been successful when betting on either of these teams recently including the previous matchups in this series. Nothing quite like cheering for red zone stops and three and outs. Take the under.

Pick: Under 50

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