Oklahoma at Tennessee - 9/12/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oklahoma Sooners (1-0) at Tennessee Volunteers (1-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Neyland Stadium)
The Line: Tennessee Volunteers +1 -- Over/Under: 63 See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma Sooners and Tennessee Volunteers play Saturday afternoon at Neyland Stadium.
The Oklahoma Sooners look to build on their 41-3 victory over Akron. Baker Mayfield is completing 69.7 percent of his passes for 388 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Mayfield, a Texas Tech transfer, has seven touchdown passes in his last three games. Joe Mixon and Sterling Shepard have combined for more than 180 receiving yards and one touchdown while Durron Neal has four receptions. The Oklahoma Sooners ground game is averaging 100 yards per contest, and Samaje Perine leads the way with 100 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Oklahoma is allowing three points and 226 yards per game. Dominique Alexander leads the Sooners with 10 tackles, Charles Walker has a sack and Zack Sanchez has a pass deflection.
USA TODAY Sports
The Tennessee Volunteers are coming off a 59-30 victory over Bowling Green State. Joshua Dobbs is completing 68.2 percent of his passes for 205 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Dobbs has a touchdown pass in six of his last seven games. Jauan Jennings and Von Pearson have combined for more than 100 receiving yards while Ethan Wolf has two touchdowns on three receptions. The Tennessee Volunteers ground game is averaging 399 yards per contest, and Alvin Kamara leads the way with 144 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Tennessee is allowing 30 points and 557 yards per game. Jalen Reeves-Maybin leads the Vols with nine tackles, Darrin Kirkland Jr. has a tackle for loss and Curt Maggitt has two quarterback hurries.
The Sooners are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games in September and 0-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Volunteers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games following a ATS win.
If the Vols are really ready to take that next step in the SEC, it's going to start here. The Volunterrs finally have above-average talent on both sides of the ball and winning in Neyland isn't the easiest thing in the world to do. I don't exactly trust Mayfield in a big game, as he can be a bit wild at times.
When you factor in everything, the Vols are at home and will be eager to show that the program is ready to compete for an SEC crown. I like Tennessee to make a statement.