Two SEC teams coming off losses will eye to get back into the win column with a marquee matchup at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Tennessee Volunteers have yet to win against an SEC opponent this season, but will they end that skid at the expense of Auburn? Or will the Tigers prolong their mastery of Tennessee, which they have beaten each time these two teams crossed paths since 2003?
Betting Preview for the Tennessee Volunteers vs Auburn Tigers Week 7 College Football Game on October 13 2018
Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn
When: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 12:00 PM ET
Line: Tennessee Volunteers (+6.5) vs Auburn Tigers (-6.5) – view all 2018 NCAAF lines
TV Broadcast: SEC Network
Betting on the Tennessee Volunteers
(2-3 Overall / 0-2 Conference)
There was barely anything for Tennessee to smile about during a 38-12 loss to the Georgia Bulldogs on the road last week. The Vols’ offense sputtered, needing two full quarters to pass by before it was able to put up a score. Tennessee quarterback finished the game with only 143 passing yards and two touchdowns, though, those pair of scores was enough for the Volunteers to cover their 30.5-point spread as road underdogs. Despite the lopsided nature of their loss, the Vols should draw optimism from the fact that they did not have a turnover in the Georgia game. They had six turnovers in a previous loss to Florida and eight overall in their last two outings. Tennessee running back Tim Jordan had a hard time going past Georgia’s run defense as he only had 27 rushing yards on five carries, but he could be considered as someone primed for a rebound as he’ll be facing next Auburn’s stop unit that let Mississippi State record 349 rushing yards in Week 6.
The over is 3-1 in Tennessee’s last four road games.
Betting on the Auburn Tigers
(4-2 Overall / 1-2 Conference)
Auburn had no answer last week to Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, who went hog wild on the ground with 195 rushing yards and two rushing scores in a 23-9 Bulldogs win over the Tigers. Fortunately for the Tigers, they won’t have a hulking 6-foot-5 dual threat quarterback to worry about this coming Saturday against the Volunteers. Still, Auburn can’t afford to take the struggling Vols for granted. Tigers quarterback Jarrett Stidham needs to have a short memory and forget how shaky he played against the Bulldogs. Stidham only had 214 passing yards and zero touchdowns on 19-of-38 completions in the Mississippi State game. On the season, he’s only thrown five touchdowns against two interceptions, though, that’s partly because the Tigers prefer to rush the ball more. They are 79th in the nation with a 50.87 rushing play percentage. Whether Stidham will have a good or bad game, Auburn’s defense should be a big threat to Tennessee. Auburn is fourth in the nation with only 15.4 points allowed per game.
Auburn is 6-0 SU and 4-2 ATS in their last six meetings with the Volunteers.
Auburn wins, 31-23.
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