While the game doesn’t have an SEC title on the line, the outcome could have significant College Football Playoff ramifications. Texas A&M, currently the No. 5 team in the nation according to the playoff committee’s rankings, has numerous paths to a top-4 finish to the regular season and a chance to compete for a national title. However all of those paths require the Aggies to take care of business against the Volunteers on Saturday.
Meanwhile Tennessee has its own issues to contend with as its 2020 season concludes. Months after signing head coach Jeremy Pruitt to an extension, the program appears headed in the wrong direction. The Volunteers went on a six-game losing streak in the middle of its schedule, ending the skid against a Vanderbilt program that had already fired its head coach.
It remains unclear whether Tennessee will give Pruitt another season. The recency of the extension probably helps his case, but a strong performance against A&M would go a long way toward quieting his loudest critics until 2021.
Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming
You can watch Texas A&M versus Tennessee on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 12:00 p.m. ET on Fox, or you can stream it via the Fox Sports Go app with a cable or streaming service login.
Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends
Point spread: Texas A&M -14 vs. Tennessee
Point Total: 51.5
Money line: Texas A&M -635, Tennessee +430
- Texas A&M has a road record of 6-2-0 against the spread since 2019 (4-0-0 as the road favorite).
- During the same stretch, the Aggies have an over record of 2-6-0 on the road (1-2-0 as the road favorite).
- Since 2019, Tennessee has a home record of 6-6-0 against the spread (3-2-0 as the home underdog).
- Also during that period, the Volunteers have an over record of 4-8-0 at home (2-3-0 as the home underdog).
Texas A&M: (85% of handle, 85% percent of bets)
Tennessee: (15% of handle, 15% percent of bets)
The Best Bet
The Aggies have the superior team and needs to do everything possible to convince the playoff committee to put them into the top four should a spot open. This should look like an “all gas, no brake” game.
Pick: Texas A&M -14
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