Missouri vs. Tennessee Prediction
No. 21 Tennessee looks to improve to 2-0 on the new season when it hosts fellow SEC foe Missouri at 12:00 p.m. ET. Will the Vols cover as large home favorites or is there a better play on the board for bettors?
115 Missouri Tigers (+12) at 116 Tennessee Volunteers (-12); o/u 49.5
Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN
12:00 p.m. ET, Saturday, October 3, 2020
Missouri Tigers Game Notes
Missouri redshirt junior Shawn Robinson and sophomore Connor Bazelak are listed as co-starters at quarterback ahead of Saturday's game at Tennessee. Robinson (6'2/220) had the better stat line in Missouri's 38-19 loss to Alabama, as he completed 19-of-25 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown. But 54 of those yards came on a touchdown pass to Tyler Badie well after the outcome had been decided, so it makes sense that HC Eliah Drinkwitz would not make a change to the depth chart. Both Robinson and Bazelak should see action in Saturday's game as the Tigers look to avoid falling to 0-2 on the season.
Tennessee Vols Game Notes
Tennessee HC Jeremy Pruitt has signed an extension through the 2025 season. Stability is long something the Tennessee Volunteers have been searching for. In Pruitt, they seem to believe they have found it. Pruitt kicked off his tenure with a middling 5-7 year in 2018 before opening the 2019 season with an abysmal loss to Georgia State. Since that upset loss, though, Tennessee have gone 8-4. Over that span, three of their four losses were to top-ten ranked SEC teams (Florida, Georgia, Alabama), and they rattled off six wins to finish the season. Pruitt also led the program to its first bowl appearance and win since 2016. if that weren't enough, Tennessee currently holds a top-ten 2021 recruiting class, according to 247 Sports, so the future is looking even brighter.
Missouri vs. Tennessee Betting Prediction
The Tigers are 1-7 against the spread in their last eight games overall, are 1-7 against the number in their last eight conference games and have dropped five straight at the betting window when coming off a loss. On the other side, the Vols are 5-1-1 against the number in their last seven conference games, have covered four of their last five games played in the month of October and are 6-2-1 at the betting window in their last nine games overall.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 5 BETTING PREDICTION: TENNESSEE VOLS -12