The start of the college football season is this weekend. Tennessee football kicks things off in less than a week. As a result, it’s time to bring back our predictions. Using the WynnBET betting odds, we’ll predict every game each week involving an SEC team and involving two teams in the top 25 who are facing off.
Teams can be in the Coaches Poll, AP Poll or College Football Playoff rankings (when they come out) to qualify for top 25. We had to start our predictions early because of the Vanderbilt Commodores playing a Week 0 matchup. With that one over, we can pick the rest of them.
We’ll track how we do on the moneyline, the over/under, against the spread and straight-up. This week’s slate involves every SEC team plus one non-conference top 25 game. One SEC team is on here twice, and we’ll pick the second game after their first, giving us 16 overall when it’s completed. Here are our Week 0 and 1 Tennessee football, SEC and top 25 picks and bets.
These are our predictions for the Tennessee football Volunteers, Southeastern Conference and top 25 games the first two weekends of 2022.
Week 0 recap
- Line: Vanderbilt -8 (Vanderbilt covered)
- Over/Under: 53 (Over)
- Moneyline: Vanderbilt -320; Hawaii +260 (Vanderbilt -320)
Our pick – Vanderbilt: 24 Hawaii: 20 (Hawaii +8; Under 53)
This was a horrible start to the year for us, already 0-2 on gambling odds. Tennessee football’s in-state rival kicked off the year with a late-night matchup at the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. The Vanderbilt Commodores entered Clark Lea’s second season hoping to have a dramatic improvement over last year’s 2-10 campaign.
Well, they at least started with that. Vandy turned a 21-10 halftime lead into total domination in the second half thanks to a 35-0 third-quarter performance. Hawaii is entering a new era under Timmy Chang after player abuse led to Todd Graham’s dismissal and a wave of transfers.
Obviously, Vandy took advantage of those issues with much more stability and talent under Lea this year. Will it carry over into SEC play, and should Tennessee football be concerned? That’s a bit too far right now, but what Vanderbilt did with a dual-threat quarterback certainly raised some eyebrows. Everybody should pay attention.