Tennessee vs. Tennessee Tech - 11/5/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tennessee vs. Tennessee Tech - 11/5/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (3-5) at Tennessee Volunteers (5-3)

College Football: Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 4:00 pm (Neyland Stadium)

The Line: Tennessee Volunteers -41 -- Over/Under: 65 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles and Tennessee Volunteers meet Saturday in a college football matchup at Neyland Stadium.

The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles look for a statement victory to help dig out of a 3-5 hole. The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles are 2-8 on the road since last season. Michael Birdsong is completing 63.3 percent of his passes for 1,967 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. Birdsong has to take better care of the football for the Golden Eagles to compete. Dontez Byrd and Kip Patton have combined for 808 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Jordan Smith has 19 receptions. The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles ground game is averaging 96 yards per contest, and Yeedee Thaenrat leads the way with 392 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Tennessee Tech is allowing 28.3 points and 413.1 yards per game. Josh Poplar leads the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles with 84 tackles, Tim Collins has two sacks and Elliott Normand has one interception.

The Tennessee Volunteers could use a feel good victory that snap snap a rough three-game losing streak. The Tennessee Volunteers have won seven of their last eight home games. Joshua Dobbs is completing 57.1 percent of his passes for 1,686 yards, 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Dobbs has one or less touchdown passes in four of his last eight games. Josh Malone and Jauan Jennings have combined for 799 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Alvin Kamara has 22 receptions. The Tennessee Volunteers ground game is averaging 165.3 yards per contest, and Jalen Hurd leads the way with 451 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Tennessee is allowing 29.1 points and 414.4 yards per game. Todd Kelly Jr. leads the Tennessee Volunteers with 55 tackles, Derek Barnett has nine sacks and Cameron Sutton has one interception.

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The Golden Eagles are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Volunteers are 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and the under is 7-1 in Volunteers last 8 vs. a team with a losing record.

Tennessee is eager for a blowout victory against a lesser team to take out some frustration. The Vols have lost three straight and are now dealing with the transfer of their leading rusher in Hurd. The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles play little defense and don't have a consistent offense to threaten the Vols defense. This is the game where the Vols can let loose and get a blowout victory under their belt heading down the home stretch. The chalk is massive, but this has the potential to be your typical SEC blowout from back in the days.

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Randy’s Pick Tennessee Volunteers -41

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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