South Alabama @ Tennessee: How to Watch, Key Statistics, Betting Odds

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    Tennessee will host South Alabama in Neyland Stadium this Saturday night. Photo by Rocky Top Insider.

    The Tennessee Volunteers will host South Alabama in the penultimate game of Josh Heupel’s first regular season at Tennessee this Saturday night. After a loss to No. 1 Georgia last weekend in Knoxville, the Vols will look to get back on track while taking on the Jaguars.

    With the game not likely to be very competitive, the most significant story around the game is the Vols upcoming shot at bowl eligibility. With five wins so far on the year, Tennessee just needs one more win over the final two games to lock in its spot.

    Earlier this week, Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel met with the media to discuss some of his closing thoughts on the game.

    “Obviously, we’re excited about this one,” Heupel said on Thursday. “You guys have heard me talk about finishing during the course of the week, something that we have talked to the football team about a lot. In particular this week and finishing up preparation, this football game, and the season the right way. We’re looking forward to going and competing on Saturday with these guys. I can’t wait to see the environment inside of Neyland and we’re looking forward to seeing everybody there.”

    Below is all the information that you need to know about heading into Saturday’s matchup between Tennessee and South Alabama.

    How to Watch – South Alabama @ Tennessee:

    • Start Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
    • Location: Neyland Stadium – Knoxville, TN
    • TV: ESPNU
    • Online Streaming: Watch ESPN/ESPN App
    • Radio (Knoxville): The Vol Network/The Vol Network App

    Odds and Statistics

    • Fanduel Sportsbook
      • Spread: Tennessee -27.5 (-112)/South Alabama +27.5 (-108)
      • Moneyline: Tennessee -6000/South Alabama +1600
      • Total: Over 61.5 (-112)/Under 61.5 (-108)
    • DraftKings
      • Spread: Tennessee -27.5 (-110)/South Alabama +27.5 (-110)
      • Moneyline: Tennessee -4000/South Alabama +1700
      • Total: Over 62 (-105)/Under 62 (-115)
    • ESPN‘s Football Power Index also gives Tennessee a 93.8 percent chance to win, according to their database’s algorithm.
    Additional Read from RTI: Josh Heupel is a Coach ‘You’d Love to Play For’, Says Tennessee Players

    Previous Matchups

    The Vols and the Jaguars have only faced off one time in program history.

    • 2013 – Knoxville – W – South Alabama 24 @ Tennessee 31

    Stat Leaders

    Tennessee:

    • Passing: Hendon Hooker – 153/223, 2138 yards, 22 TD, 3 INT
    • Rushing: Tiyon Evans – 81 carries, 525 yards, 6 TD
    • Receiving: Cedric Tillman – 46 receptions, 725 yards, 6 TD

    South Alabama:

    • Passing: Desmond Trotter – 42/72, 375 yards, 3 TD, 3 INT
    • Rushing: Terrion Avery – 129 carries, 498 yards, 1 TD
    • Receiving: Jalen Tolbert – 65 receptions, 1140 yards, 6 TD

    2021 Records

    Tennessee (5-5, 3-4 SEC)

    • Week 1 – W – vs Bowling Green 38-6
    • Week 2 – L – vs Pittsburgh 41-34
    • Week 3 – W – vs Tennessee Tech 56-0
    • Week 4 – L – @ Florida 38-14
    • Week 5 – W – @ Missouri 62-24
    • Week 6 – W – vs South Carolina 45-20
    • Week 7 – L – vs Ole Miss 31-26
    • Week 8 – L – @ Alabama 52-24
    • Week 9 – BYE
    • Week 10 – W – @ Kentucky 45-42
    • Week 11 – L – vs Georgia 41-1

    South Alabama (5-5, 2-5 Sun Belt)

    • Week 1 – W – vs Southern Miss 31-7
    • Week 2 – W – @ Bowling Green 22-19
    • Week 3 – W – vs Alcorn State 28-21
    • Week 4 – BYE
    • Week 5 – L – vs Lousiana 20-18
    • Week 6 – L – @ Texas State 33-31 – 4OT
    • Week 7 – W – vs Georgia Southern 41-14
    • Week 8 – L – @ UL Monroe 41-31
    • Week 9 – W – vs Arkansas State 31-13
    • Week 10 – L – @ Troy 31-24
    • Week 11 – L – @ Appalachian State 31-7
    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.