SEC Football Predictions: Tennessee Volunteers vs. Missouri Tigers

Tennessee Volunteers vs. Missouri Tigers
Saturday, 11/2/13, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Missouri -13
Current Betting Line:  Missouri -11
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Tennessee Volunteers have lost 18 consecutive road games versus ranked opponents
The Tennessee Volunteers have lost 18 consecutive road games versus ranked opponents

Tennessee is preparing to play its first-ever game in the state of Missouri, as is attempts to gain revenge for a 51-48 quadruple overtime setback as 3.5-point home favorites in last year’s meeting.  The Volunteers have played the third-toughest schedule in terms of opposition winning percentage to date, which is important to consider when making your college football expert picks in Week 10.  The program is looking to snap an 18-game losing streak to ranked teams on the road, with the last such victory coming in 2006.  Tennessee is 0-2 SU and 2-0 ATS as a road underdog of 10.5 to 14 points the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER cashing in both of those contests.

The Volunteers have one of the more experienced offensive lines in the country, as the group has 158 combined starts, which is important to consider when looking over the college basketball betting lines.  Tennessee has forced 18 turnovers this season, which happens to be one more than its total from all of 2012.  Since 2011, Butch Jones-coached teams have forced opponents to make 79 miscues—ranking him third nationally and second among BCS coaches during that time.

Missouri will wrap up a three-game homestand this weekend, as it looks to rebound from a heartbreaking double-overtime loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks.  The Tigers will try to secure their eighth eight-win season in head coach Gary Pinkel’s 13-year tenure in Columbia.  The team is 16th in the country in averaging 499.8 yards per game, while sitting behind only 11 teams in scoring 41.8 points per game.  Missouri is 2-0 SUATS as home favorites of 10.5 to 14 points since 2011, with the UNDER cashing in both of those affairs.

The Tigers still hold the upper hand in the Southeastern Conference East Division race despite last week’s misfortune, as they’ed reach the championship game by winning out.  Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk made his second career start in place of injured signal-caller James Franklin last Saturday, but he completed just 10-of-25 passes for 249 yards.

Sports bettors will likely back the Tigers due to their 7-2 ATS mark following a SU loss.

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