South Carolina at Tennessee 10/9/21 College Football Picks and Predictions

South Carolina at Tennessee 10/9/21 College Football Picks and Predictions Photo by Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee Volunteers (3-2) vs South Carolina Gamecocks (3-2)

Game Info: Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 12:00 pm (Neyland Stadium)

Betting Odds: Tennessee Volunteers -10.5 -- Over/Under: 57 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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South Carolina faces Tennessee on Saturday, October 9th, at Neyland Stadium for a Week 6 SEC college football matchup. 

South Carolina is coming off a 23-14 win over Troy in Columbia in Week 5. South Carolina was a 6.5-point favorite in that contest, therefore the Gamecocks were able to cover the spread. South Carolina is now 3-2 overall this season and 3-1-1 against the spread. South Carolina is 0-2, however, in SEC play this season. South Carolina has scored 22 points per game and has earned only 330 yards per game. South Carolina has not been able to run the ball well this season, as in three games South Carolina was held to 3.0 yards per carry or less. South Carolina has played three different quarterbacks this season due to injuries, but Luke Doty has taken over the starting job. Defensively, South Carolina has held up well. South Carolina is only allowing 17 points per game and only 300 yards per contest as well. South Carolina's defense was only beaten badly in one game this season, and that was against the #2 ranked team in the nation in Georgia. 

Tennessee is coming off a resounding victory over Missouri last week, 62-24. Saying that Tennessee "ran all over" Missouri would be a severe understatement, as Tennessee put together one of the best rushing performances you are going to see in an SEC contest. Tennesse rushed 59 times for 458 rushing yards and 7.8 yards per attempt on Missouri as it was an ugly game to watch from start to finish. Tennessee is now 3-2 on the year and 2-3 against the spread this season, owning a 1-1 conference record. Tennessee's offense has scored 30 points or more in every game this season except in its loss to Florida. Tennessee averages 255 yards per game on the ground and 41 points per game on the year. Defensively, the Vols are allowing 339 total yards per game and 22 points per game to their opponents. 

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Tennessee is a 10.5-point favorite and the total is set at 57. I like Tennessee at home here because I do not think South Carolina is going to have the answers offensively to hang around. Tennessee is going to score, and its defense has proven to be tough against the run. South Carolina is going to be forced into tough 3rd-down situations and that should be enough for the Vols to roll here. 

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Ron’s Pick Tennessee -10.5

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