LSU vs Tennessee Line & PickJosh Bailey
Will Reeling Tennessee Put Up a Fight Against No. 21 LSU in Week 12 SEC Clash?
With the Tennessee Volunteers’ season spiraling out of control to the point where head coach Butch Jones was just fired following Saturday’s pitiful performance, the big question college football bettors need answering is whether or not the Vols are going to put up any resistance when they host No. 21 LSU in Week 12.
LSU vs Tennessee Line & Pick
LSU Tigers (7-3) at Tennessee Volunteers (4-6)
When: Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 7:00 PM ET
Where: Neyland Stadium
Line: Tennessee Volunteers +15.5
LSU got back in the win column following its Week 10 loss at Alabama by routing Arkansas 33-10 this past weekend as quarterback Danny Etling threw for 217 yards and a pair of touchdowns and running back Derrius Guice rushed for 147 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries. LSU improved to 4-1 over its last five with their only loss along the way being a 24-10 defeat against the Crimson Tide in which they actually put a really good effort while covering the spread as a 20.5-point road dog.
On the flip side of the coin, things have gone miserably for Tennessee as the Vols have dropped five of their last six games and got blown out of the water in their abysmal 50-17 road loss to a Missouri team that is mediocre in every way possible. Quarterback Will McBride was limited to a modest 139 passing yards while tossing two interceptions and the Vols were shut out after starting the second half trailing 24-17. The Vols allowed Mizzou quarterback drew Lock to toss four TD passes in the romp and gave up a mind-boggling 433 rushing yards in the loss. Now, defensive line coach Brady Hoke will serve as the Volunteers’ interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
Unfortunately for the Vols, I just don’t see things getting any better until next season – if they hire the right guy to lead their program in a new direction and that’s questionable seeing the lack of success they’ve had over the last decade or so. LSU is looking to give its big-time bowl game hopes a nice boost and the Tigers are just the better team in all three phases of the game. LSU is a perfect 4-0 ATS in their last four conference games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games while Tennessee has gone an uninspiring 2-5 ATS in their last seven games and just 1-4 ATS in their last five home games. LSU is the easy pick to cover the spread in this one, even as two-touchdown plus road faves!
Pick: Tennessee -15.5