Tennessee football: Week 7 SEC, top 25 picks by Caleb Calhoun

Here are Caleb Calhoun’s Week 7 Tennessee football Volunteers, SEC and top 25 picks.

Thanks to the postponement of two SEC games and no other top 25 games happening outside of the conference, we have only five games to pick for this weekend. Tennessee football is trying to rebound as it gets set to host the Kentucky Wildcats, and as you look at how my gambling picks went last week, you’ll see how I need to rebound too.

Week 6 performance

Straight up: 6-3

Gambling picks: 7-11

  • 4-5 against the spread
  • 3-6 over/under

Overall performance for 2020

Straight-up: 19-6

Gambling picks: 23-27

  • 12-13 against the spread
  • 11-14 over/under

I actually started 3-0 on the over/under and missed the rest of the way. It was brutal. On the spread, I’ve just got to take my losses there, as only Tennessee football’s loss to the Georgia Bulldogs was close. Anyway, let’s go ahead and dive in with this week’s slate of games.

Auburn Tigers
17
South Carolina Gamecocks
21

South Carolina +2.5; Under 53.5

Just like 2014 and 2018, the Auburn Tigers offense is mediocre with a returning quarterback the year after beating the Alabama Crimson Tide. They barely escaped the Arkansas Razorbacks and are two bad calls away from potentially being 0-3. The South Carolina Gamecocks pull the upset, getting to 2-2 after losses to Tennessee football and the Florida Gators. Take the under too.

Ole Miss Rebels
34
Arkansas Razorbacks
27

Ole Miss -1.5; Under 77.5

Former Tennessee football head coach Lane Kiffin has the Ole Miss Rebels’ offense rolling. However, the Arkansas Razorbacks will play a lot more ball control since Sam Pittman knows they can’t keep up. By controlling the clock with a solid offense, the Hogs will make this a game and allow it to hit the under. But Ole Miss scores a late touchdown to cover.

Texas A&M Aggies
45
Mississippi State Bulldogs
38

Texas A&M -5.5; Over 55.5

This is the hardest game to pick. These are the two most inconsistent teams in the SEC. The Texas A&M Aggies have more to play for, so they’ll pull out the victory and cover, but the Mississippi State Bulldogs’ offense will come back alive, so this hits the over. However, we are rolling the dice here. Don’t pick this game if you can help it.

Georgia Bulldogs
27
Alabama Crimson Tide
24

Georgia +4.5; Over 51

Nick Saban doesn’t lose to his former assistants. That doesn’t apply when the Alabama Crimson Tide are playing former Saban assistants if Saban is watching from home, which he is tentatively set to do. Kirby Smart’s defense shuts down this team, and the Georgia Bulldogs pull out a close win while the game hits the under. Even if they don’t win, picking UGA to cover is a good bet.

Kentucky Wildcats
7
Tennessee Volunteers
21

Tennessee -5.5; Under 45.5

Under Jeremy Pruitt, Tennessee football’s defense thrives against one-dimensional offenses. That’s why they have dominated the Kentucky Wildcats each of the past two years, and they’ll do it again here.

In a ball-control, low-scoring affair, the Vols will cover and pull out a relatively easy 21-7 win. This will be very similar to the game that was played at Neyland Stadium two years ago. UT moves to 3-1 ahead of its matchup with the Alabama Crimson Tide.