SEC Football Week 8 Picks: Tennessee Volunteers vs. Ole Miss Rebels

Tennessee Volunteers vs. Ole Miss Rebels
Saturday, 10/18/14, 7:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Ole Miss -17
Current Betting Line:  Ole Miss -16.5
Opening Total:  48
Current Total:  46.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Ole Miss Rebels are 5-0-1 ATS through six games this season
The Ole Miss Rebels are 5-0-1 ATS through six games this season

Tennessee snapped a three-game losing streak in picking up a 45-10 victory over Chattanooga as 25-point home favorites last week, while winning the statistical battle by 139 yards.  The Volunteers have won 12 of their last 13 trips to Oxford, which can’t be ignored when making your Week 8 college football predictions, but they suffered a 42-17 setback in their last such contest in 2009.  It’s important to point out that the program owns a 44-19-1 all-time advantage in this Southeastern Conference rivalry.  Tennessee is 0-8 SU and 5-3 ATS as underdogs of 10.5 to 21 points the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 5-2-1 in that situation.

The Volunteers have forced multiple turnovers in four consecutive games, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college football betting lines, as they’ve averaged 6.33 poitns per game off turnovers under Butch Jones since the start of last season.  Tennessee has dropped its last six games versus SEC West opponents, while it seeks its first win over a top-three team since 2004.

Ole Miss is 6-0 SU and 5-0-1 ATS through six games this year, as it returns home after picking up a 35-20 victory over the Texas A&M Aggies as 2.5-point underdogs last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total five times in that span.  The Rebels are allowing 11.8 points per game, which happens to lead all SEC teams in that all-important statistical category.  The program is 69-15-2 SU all-time in Homecoming games, with wins in 15 of its last 17 in that situation.

The Rebels have been very pleased with the play of quarterback Bo Wallace, as he sits second in the SEC and 11th nationally in completing 68.5 percent of his passes.  The senior has accounted for 74 passing plays of 10 or more yards, while he’s thrown for 15 touchdowns and six interceptions.  It’s important to point out that the team hasn’t turned the ball over during conference play.

Sports bettors will likely back the Volunteers due to their 4-1 ATS mark as road underdogs of 14.5 to 17 points in their last five opportunities.

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