Vols open as double-digit home underdogs to No. 5 Texas A&M

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    Photo By Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics

    Tennessee has opened as home underdogs in next Saturday’s matchup with the Texas A&M Aggies.

    The Vols (3-6) are a 14-point underdog to No. 5 Texas A&M (7-1) according to the line released by Circa Sports at the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

    Tennessee snapped its six-game losing streak on Saturday with a 42-17 win over Vanderbilt. Jeremy Pruitt implored a two-quarterback system to propel the Vols to victory.

    True freshman Harrison Bailey made his second consecutive start and threw for 207 yards and two touchdowns on 14-of-18 passing. Bailey did not turn the football over for the second week in a row. Redshirt sophomore JT Shrout also saw action. Shrout was 6-of-13 passing for 90 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

    The Vols finished with season-highs in points (42), total yards (540) and passing yards (328). Their 28-first half points were a season-high as well and the most points the Vols have scored in any half this season.

    Tennessee passed for 240-plus yards for the third straight game, marking the first time they have done that since the 2012 season. It also marked the first time that UT has passed for 240-plus yards in three straight SEC games since 2009.

    The Vols were just as efficient on the ground. They had 200-plus yards rushing (212) for the third time this season and had five players rush for 20 or more yards.

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    Texas A&M did not play this past weekend. The Aggies, who are on a six-game winning streak, were scheduled to play Ole Miss in College Station, but COVID-19 issues within the Rebels’ program forced the game to be cancelled.

    A&M defeated Auburn 31-20 in its last game out two weeks ago. Star quarterback Kellen Mond was efficient in the win, throwing for 196 yards and two touchdowns on 18-of-23 passing. Talented running back Isaiah Spiller rushed for 120 yards on 20 carries.

    Kickoff between the Vols and Aggies on Saturday afternoon in Knoxville is scheduled for 12 p.m. ET. The SEC has not yet announced what channel the game will be televised on.