The odds are in for Tennessee’s Oct. 29th matchup against South Carolina, and Vegas like the Vols’ chances to extend their winning streak to four against the Gamecocks. It thinks UT will do with some room to spare as well.
Tennessee (5-2, 2-2 SEC) opened as a 14-point favorite, according to VegasInsider.com, though the Vegas Insider Consensus line was down to 13 by late Sunday evening.
The Gamecocks, in their first year under head coach Will Muschamp, sit at 3-4 (1-4 SEC) on the season. They’ve kept games relatively close, however. After beating Vanderbilt on the road 13-10 in their season opener, the Gamecocks have dropped four straight in league play by an average of 10.7 points per game, with no margin of defeat greater than 14.
Tennessee, meanwhile, has made its living in close games this year. Outside of a lopsided 49-10 loss to top-ranked Alabama last week, the Vols have come down to the final possession in every other SEC game this year.
UT and South Carolina has been close in recent years as well. The past four games – three wins for UT and one loss – have also come down to the final possession, including an overtime game the last time Tennessee travelled to Columbia to play SC. While history says this very well could be a close one, Vegas likes UT’s chances to go on the road and take care of business this Saturday.