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Saturday College Football Missouri at Tennessee: Start Time, Odds, Free Pick

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The Tennessee Volunteers welcome SEC newcomer Missouri to Neyland Stadium in Knoxville today as they look to secure their first conference win of the season (12:21pm ET start time, SEC Network). Saturday College Football Missouri at Tennessee Odds are expecting a Volunteers victory with Derek Dooley’s troops presently laying three points. Missouri is drawing +130 moneyline odds and the game total is set at 60 points.

SEC success has proved elusive for the Missouri Tigers this season, but in their defense, they have faced most of the conference’s best teams, squaring off against the likes of Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, and Florida.

The Tigers lack of success against those teams has led to a 4-5 overall record and a 1-5 mark in league games. Missouri performed much better in against Vanderbilt and Kentucky, though. Gary Pinkel’s squad out played the Commodores, despite losing the game 19-15, and they thrashed the Wildcats, as every team does, 33-10 two weekends ago.

If any team can understand the Tigers’ pain, it is their opponent this afternoon, Tennessee. The Volunteers own the same 4-5 record as Mizzou, but they are 0-5 in SEC action, losing to Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State, Alabama, and South Carolina.

Tennessee’s offense has been far more productive than Missouri’s injury plagued unit, averaging 36.8 points per game for the season and 28.6 points per game in conference play (Mizzou 22.4 and 15.8 respectively); however, its defense has left much to be desired.

The Volunteers are yielding an average of 35.4 points per contest and they have yet hold a conference opponent under 37 points. Conversely, the Tigers defense has played well all season long (22.6 points per game allowed), despite giving up over 40 points to both Georgia and Alabama.

Free Pick: Take Missouri +3.

Missouri at Tennessee College Football Odds:

Missouri Tigers +3 (-105), Over 60 (-110), +130 (Moneyline)

Tennessee Volunteers -3 (-115), Under 60 (-110), -150 (Moneyline)

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