Tennessee football: Week 7 SEC, top 25 picks by Dean Zulkofske

Here are Dean Zulkofske’s Week 7 picks for the Tennessee football Volunteers, SEC, and Top 25.

With only five SEC matchups and no top 25 games this week as Tennessee football prepares to host the Kentucky Wildcats, here are my predictions for the Week 7 matchups. Before we look at those, check out how I did last week and how I’ve done overall this season – it’s really not much to look at.

Week 6 performance

Straight up: 6-3

Gambling picks: 6-12

  • 4-5 against the spread
  • 2-7 over/under

Overall performance for 2020

Straight-up: 19-6

Gambling picks: 23-27

    • 13-12 against the spread
  • 10-15 over/under

A couple of wild upsets absolutely killed us last week but let’s make the most of this Saturday’s five-game slate. Here are my straight up and gambling picks for this week’s SEC games, including Tennessee football’s matchup with the Kentucky Wildcats.

Auburn Tigers
31
South Carolina Gamecocks
36

South Carolina +2.5; Over 53.5

The Tigers narrowly avoided an upset to the Arkansas Razorbacks in a wild, rule-violating finish in Week 3. Week 4 won’t bring them the same fortune. In a game where both teams must win, and both team’s defenses can’t be counted on, this game belongs to the home team in a high-scoring contest.

Ole Miss Rebels
28
Arkansas Razorbacks
33

Arkansas +1.5; Under 77.5

Just as Auburn got lucky last week, Arkansas was incredibly unlucky. They should be 2-1 right now. As for Ole Miss, they need a win in Fayetteville to avoid falling to 1-3. The Razorbacks will be fired up at home and seek vengeance on Lane Kiffin and the Rebels. Look for Arkansas’ underrated defense to keep Kiffin’s offense in check.

Texas A&M Aggies
41
Mississippi State Bulldogs
17

Texas A&M -5.5; Over 55.5

After being held without an offensive touchdown last week in a 24-2 loss to the Kentucky Wildcats it’s tough to believe the Bulldogs can turn it around here and grab a win against Jimbo Fisher and the Aggies. MSU should score a few to help the total sneak over, but Texas A&M is the better team in this one.

Georgia Bulldogs
28
Alabama Crimson Tide
31

Georgia +4.5; Over 58.5

Initially, the Crimson Tide are tentatively set to be without head coach Nick Saban due to a positive COVID-19 test. That very well could mean the difference. In fact, don’t be surprised if Georgia’s is the better team on Saturday and dashes out of Tuscaloosa with a win. Let’s give the Tide the benefit of the doubt as the home team to hang on in a game with two explosive offensive units.

Kentucky Wildcats
14
Tennessee Volunteers
20

Tennessee -5.5; Under 45.5

Hosting a team they usually dominate, Tennessee football has a great opportunity to follow its first loss of the season with a win at home. Kentucky’s run game and run defense make this matchup tricky, keeping the game close the whole way. In the end, though, the Vols should find a chance to break away in a low scoring affair they can’t afford to lose.