Tennessee Volunteers College Football Betting
There is no doubt that Josh Heupel has exceeded expectations as the head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers. And desperate Big Orange backers are grateful for Heupel returning the program to national prominence. But if the honeymoon is not over, it is on pause. Tennessee’s Week 3 loss at the Florida Gators alarmed the faithful. And it is a cause for consternation among gamblers. Vol Nation thought the 2022 success meant a permanent return to glory. That may not be the case in 2023.
College Football Betting Lines
South Carolina Gamecocks +12.5
Tennessee Volunteers -12.5
Tennessee Volunteers Weekly Matchup
On Saturday, September 30, 2023, the Tennessee Volunteers of the SEC will host the South Carolina Gamecocks of the SEC at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN. Kickoff time is 7:30 p.m. ET, with television coverage on SEC Network.
Last game, the South Carolina Gamecocks won 37-30 against the Mississippi State Bulldogs as 6-point home favorites. The game went over the total of 46.5. South Carolina has a record of 2-2 straight up, 3-1 against the spread, and 2-2 over/under the total.
South Carolina ranks 52nd for total offense, 8th for passing, 128th for rushing and 71st for scoring. Defensively, they rank 124th overall, 129th against the pass, 50th against the rush, and 84th for points allowed. Also, South Carolina ranks 53rd for fewest turnovers lost and 58th for takeaways.
Tennessee Volunteers Weekly Recap
Last game, the Tennessee Volunteers won 45-14 against the UTSA Roadrunners as 24-point home favorites. The game was a push on the total of 59. Tennessee has a record of 3-1 straight up, 2-2 against the spread, and 1-2-1 over/under the total.
Tennessee ranks 24th for total offense, 24th for passing, 9th for rushing and 38th for scoring. Defensively, they rank 28th overall, 37th against the pass, 44th against the rush, and 29th for points allowed. Also, Tennessee ranks 111th for fewest turnovers lost and 94th for takeaways.
Joe Milton III threw for 156 yards and ran for 89 in the first half, leading No. 23 Tennessee to a victory over UTSA. Milton played a key role in three early touchdowns for the Volunteers (3-1) - an 81-yard scoring run on the first play of the game and TD passes to Ramel Keyton and Kaleb Webb - as they took a 31-0 lead into halftime. Milton’s 81-yard scoring burst on the first play of the game was the longest scoring run by a quarterback in Tennessee history.
2023 Tennessee Volunteers Football Schedule
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The Tennessee Volunteers have a glorious history but a more checkered period of tumult over the past 15 years.
Tennessee has a total of six claimed national championships and eight unclaimed nattys. The last national title for the Vols was in 1998, their first since 1967. Additionally, Tennessee has 16 conference championships in its history.
Tennessee has not had a double-digit win season since 2007, their only one since 2004. The Volunteers have not finished in the national rankings in 2015 and 2016, their only two campaigns since 2007. Tennessee has not ended up in the final national top ten since 2001.
The Tennessee descent began when they won the 1998 national championship. Then-head coach Phillip Fulmer got too comfortable, and recruiting slipped badly. Fulmer was forced into retirement after the 2008 season, and the program has floundered ever since.
Lane Kiffin, Butch Jones, Jeremy Pruitt, and Josh Heupel followed Fulmer with limited success. Jones seemed on the cusp with 9-4 seasons in 2015 and 2016 but could not maintain momentum.
Tennessee has relied too much on its past for its future. Recruiting and the SEC have changed dramatically since Fulmer was at the peak of his power.
Ironically enough, Tennessee has grown rapidly in population over the past two decades, with far more football talent available. But that has not translated into recruiting success for the Volunteers.
Tennessee has had plenty of great players in its storied past. Namely, Doug Atkins, Peyton Manning, Reggie White, Eric Berry, and Johnny Majors are among the Big Orange greats.
2023 College Football Schedule
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