Tennessee Volunteers (2-3) at Auburn Tigers (4-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 13, 2018, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Auburn Tigers -18 -- Over/Under:
The Tennessee Volunteers and the Auburn Tigers meet in a week 7 SEC conference college football matchup from Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Tennessee Volunteers will look for a big road win to get back to .500 after their bye week, falling to Georgia by a final score of 38-12 last time out. Jarrett Guarantano has thrown for 801 yards, 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on 63.4% passing this season while Tim Jordan has 258 rushing yards and Madre London and Jeremy Banks each have 3 rushing TDs. Marquez Callaway leads the Vols with 17 catches for 253 yards this season. As a team, Tennessee is averaging 361 yards of total offense and 26 points per game this season.
The Auburn Tigers will look for a bounce back performance after falling to 4-2 with a 23-9 loss to Mississippi State on the road last time out. Jarrett Stidham has thrown for 1,177 yards, 5 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on 60.1% passing this season while JaTarvious Whitlow has rushed for 414 yards and 4 touchdowns this season. Ryan Davis leads Auburn’s receiving group with 29 catches for 252 yards while Darius Clayton has added 246 receiving yards this season. As a team, Auburn is averaging 364.2 yards of total offense and 28.7 points per game while also sitting 6th in the FBS, allowing just 14.3 points per game this season.
Tennessee is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall while the over is 8-3 in their last 11 road games. Auburn is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 22-8-1 in their last 31 home games. The road team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
Head-to-head trends point towards Tennessee stepping up and covering here, but the fact is that even with an extra week to rest and prepare, I’m not sure it’s going to help. Auburn has to be upset after being manhandled by Mississippi State last week, and they’re going to take out some frustration on the Vols here. Sometimes it’s just as simple as going with the better team and that’s what I’m going to do as I’ll lay the points with Auburn here.