Tennessee Volunteers College Football Betting
By the time Butch Jones was fired as head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers towards the end of the 2017 season, he had become a caricature of himself. Not to mention the butt of countless jokes. Jones did bring a lot of that on himself, of course, with his “brick by brick,�� “five-star hearts” and “champions for life” cliches. And by the end of his tenure, it was obvious that he was not up to the demands and pressure of such a historic SEC traditional power program. That being said Jones is the last man to lead Tennessee to a top ten ranking of any kind. In 2016 Jones got the Vols all the way up to 9th in the nation before the roof began to cave in. It also must be pointed out that he led Tennessee to consecutive final finishes of 22nd in the country in both 2015 and 2016 with a pair of 9-4 seasons. He also won all three of his bowl games. Why do we bring this up? Because since taking over for Jones, Jeremy Pruitt has come nowhere near matching those marks. After a false start of 2-0 to start the 2020 campaign the Vols were ranked 14th in the country. But since the second half of their third game of 2020 at the Georgia Bulldogs, they have been totally exposed as frauds.
Tennessee Volunteers Weekly Odds
Tennessee Volunteers +13.5
Texas A&M Aggies -13.5
Tennessee Volunteers Weekly Matchup
On Saturday, December 19, 2020, the Tennessee Volunteers will host the Texas A&M Aggies at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. Kickoff time is set for 12 p.m. ET with television coverage on SECN.
Last time out for the Texas A&M Aggies was on December 5 when they won a dangerous game at the Auburn Tigers 31-20 as 5-point road chalk with the game going over the total of 49.5. Texas A&M now stands at 7-1 straight up, 4-4 against the spread, and 4-4 on totals. The Aggies have national metrics of 36th for total offense, 66th for passing, 28th for rushing, 43rd for scoring, and 52nd for turnovers. Defensively the Aggies rank 21st in the nation, 61st against the pass, 9th against the rush, 30th for points allowed, and 50th for takeaways.
Tennessee Volunteers Weekly Recap
Last week Tennessee beat the Vanderbilt Commodores 42-17 as 14.5 point road chalk with the game going over the total of 50.5. Vandy was dominated by the Vols, who held a 540 to 292 yards advantage. Tennessee was led by a freshman quarterback, Harrison Bailey, who was 14-18 for 207 yards and 2 touchdowns. Sophomore JT Shrout added 90 yards passing with 2 touchdowns. Senior receiver Velus Jones Jr. caught 7 passes for 125 yards and 2 touchdowns in the win.
Tennessee is 3-6 straight up, 3-5-1 against the spread, and 3-6 under the total. The Vols rank 104th for scoring offense and 68th for points allowed.
The irony of the Tennessee situation is that in their glory years the Volunteers did not have as fertile of a recruiting base as they do now. High school talent has never been more plentiful because of the Nashville area becoming one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. But while the population boom has made Tennessee much more productive for recruiting, it has not translated into success for the Volunteers program.
What has infuriated Tennessee fans in the Jeremy Pruitt era has been his inability to recruit a viable quarterback option to Jarrett Guarantano, a holdover from the Butch Jones era that was seen as the best of several bad choices. Fans believe that by now Pruitt should have solved the issue with a quarterback of his own.
Another problem for Pruitt is that he has shown an utter inability to get along with assistant coaches. There has been a high turnover rate on his staff. Pruitt loves to grind long into the night. He wears down his staff with a style that often comes off as doing work just for the sake of work with no real results to show for it. Despite the win over Vanderbilt, the fact remains Vols fans want a new coach.
2020 Tennessee Volunteers Schedule
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