Mississippi State vs. Tennessee Odds & Predictions: Time to Buy the Vols?
Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Darrell Taylor.
Mississippi State vs. Tennessee Odds
- Spread: Tennessee +7
- Over/Under: 53
- Time: 12 p.m. ET
- TV: SEC Network
Never did I think I would find myself on the sinking Titanic described by Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt.
But the quarterback change initiated a new line of thinking. A flicker of hope came through when backup Brian Maurer had his first career completion for an explosive play touchdown.
The fun didn’t stop there as Maurer hit Jauan Jennings for 33 yards and three other Volunteers receivers for big plays.
The Tennessee offense has been dreadful this season, but a sign of life against the Georgia Bulldogs may provide confidence against Mississippi State.
The Bulldogs have troubles of their own, ranking outside the top 100 in opponent yards per play. Injury to quarterback Tommy Stevens will continue through this week, as Moorhead stated there is opportunity to get both quarterbacks on the field at the same time. The statement from the head coach signifies that Mississippi State is going to throw anything they can against the wall to find some offensive success.
The real issue for Mississippi State is the defense and the allowance of the explosive play. Cowbell has allowed 25 passes to go longer than 20 yards, enough to rank 121st in the country.
Tennessee should have covered their previous game against Georgia but didn’t, which may give a bit of value to this week’s spread. Expect a desperate but revitalized Volunteers offense to show up and expose the Bulldogs secondary.
Pick: Tennessee +7