Now at 2-5 and in desperate need of something to go right, the Tennessee Volunteers are set for their annual date with the Vanderbilt Commodores. Vandy is the worst team in the SEC this season, still winless on the year. However, if you’ve paid attention over the last couple of weeks, the ‘Dores haven’t quit — if anything, they’ve been getting better lately.
It’s a scary game for most Tennessee fans who have watched the Volunteers find ways to lose over the last five games. Five consecutive double-digits losses have Jeremy Pruitt’s seat getting warmer by the minute. A loss to Vanderbilt could do him in.
The oddsmakers see Tennessee with a clear advantage, however. Vegas installed the Volunteers as an 11 point favorite on Sunday as the spreads opened for next week.
Week 10 opening lines from @CircaSports
Kentucky at Florida (-23)
Arkansas at Missouri (-2)
Auburn at Alabama (-25)
Mississippi State at Ole Miss (-12)
LSU at Texas A&M (-12)
Georgia (-19) at South Carolina
Tennessee (-11) at Vanderbilt
— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) November 22, 2020
The line can be found as low as nine in some places.
The 0-7 Commodores looked helpless for much of the season, but they came within a touchdown of both Mississippi State and Kentucky, and then followed that up by giving Florida a bit of a first half scare last weekend.
Tennessee, well, you know the story by now. They put together another nice first half effort at Auburn on Saturday night, only to have a Jarrett Guarantano pick six ultimately break their back. We’re all left to guess who will start at quarterback once again this week, but Pruitt’s comments after the game seemed to indicate that they plan on sticking with Guarantano.
Stay tuned for more information on Monday as Pruitt meets with the media for his weekly press conference.