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LSU vs Tennessee odds preview

The Tennessee Volunteers hope to be the first team to slow down the red-hot LSU Tigers at home this Saturday.

Historically, these two teams have played close, as they are split 2-2-3 ATS over their last seven games with six of those games being decided by eight points or less.

LSU’s Spencer Ware rushed for two touchdowns and 109 yards in LSU’s blowout win over Florida last week. They remain the nation's top-rated team and 73% of voters are backing the Tigers in the consensus betting numbers here at OddsShark.com.

View LSU vs Tennessee Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: Bettors looking to back the visiting Tigers in this one found them as 12.5-point favorites on the opening college football point spread. But the line is all the way up to 18 points at Bovada. The over under opened at a low 43.5 at most online sportsbooks and sits as high s 45 at TopBet, making that the best UNDER line of the day.

Power Rankings / Prediction: This game matches up the No. 32 (Volunteers) and the No. 6 (Tigers) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAF Power Rankings at OddsShark. A 52-38 result in favor of the Tigers is predicted by handicapping models.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Tennessee's No. 41-ranked offense (32.6 PPG) against a Tigers defense that ranks No. 8 at 12.5 PPG. The Volunteers passing attack has averaged 327.2 yards per game, more than the Tigers give up through the air (184.8 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Tigers feature the league's No. 7-rated road run defense, allowing 61 yards per game. Tennessee, meanwhile, ranks No. 107 in rushing offense at home.

In their last action, LSU was a 41-11 winner at home against Florida. They covered the 14–point spread as favorites, while the combined score (52) was profitable news for OVER bettors.

Tennessee was a 20-12 loser in their most recent outing at home against Georgia. They failed to cover the 2.5–point spread as underdogs, while the total score (32) made winners of UNDER bettors.

LSU Tigers Trends:
When playing in October are 8-2
When playing on grass are 9-1
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When playing within the conference are 8-2

Tennessee Volunteers Trends:
When playing in October are 3-7
When playing on grass are 6-4
After being outgained are 5-5
When playing within the conference are 3-7

A few Tigers at Volunteers trends to consider:
LSU is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
LSU is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Tennessee
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LSU's last 7 games on the road
LSU is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Tennessee is 8-2-1 ATS in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Tennessee's last 11 games at home
Tennessee is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Tennessee's last 17 games

Next up:
LSU home to Auburn, Saturday, October 22
Tennessee at Alabama, Saturday, October 22