Tennessee Opens As Slight Underdogs Against Ole Miss

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    Coming off back-to-back SEC wins, Tennessee opened as four-point underdogs against No. 13 Ole Miss for next Saturday’s SEC matchup, according to CircaSports.

    The over/under for the game is 85.5.

    Lane Kiffin returns to Knoxville for the first time as a head coach with a 4-1 Ole Miss team. The No. 13 Rebels are coming off their biggest win of the season, beating then-No. 13 Arkansas 52-51 with a two-point conversion stop on the last play of the game.

    Ole Miss is 2-2-1 against the spread, but 0-2 in SEC play. The Rebels didn’t cover in their loss at Alabama or win against Arkansas.

    Tennessee is 4-2 (2-1 SEC) in Josh Heupel’s first season after earning blowout wins over Missouri and South Carolina the last two weeks. The Vols are 3-3 against the spread this season and 2-1 against the spread in the SEC.

    Ole Miss is led by quarterback Matt Corral who is in the midst of a Heisman Trophy campaign. Corral has totaled 1,752 yards and 20 touchdowns without an interception.

    Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker solidified the Vols offense since becoming the starter. The Virginia Tech transfer has totaled 1,345 yards and 16 touchdowns with one interception in 4.5 games.

    The Vols’ rushing attack has been dynamic this season with Tiyon Evans totaling 486 yards and six touchdowns. Missing multiple games with injuries, Jabari Small has 232 yards and two touchdowns.

    Ironically, Tennessee lost to Ole Miss in Kiffin’s lone season as the Vols’ head coach. Tennessee and Ole Miss have split their last two meetings.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.