1. Tennessee -7 first half (-102 on FanDuel)
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Kentucky is 41st in first half points allowed with 11.5 and 98th in first half points scored with 10.3. They are No. 9 in second half points allowed and No. 40 in second half points scored, meaning they are a lot better in the second half. It’s the opposite for Tennessee football.
The Vols are second in first-half points scored per game with 27.5 and, despite all the questions surrounding their defense, 23rd in first-half points allowed per game in 9.7. Meanwhile, they are 14th in second-half points per game with 19 and No. 64 in second-half points allowed per game with 13.3. Simply put, if UK wins, it’ll be because of the second half.
When you look at the first half, though, this means the Vols are winning that half by 17.8 points. Kentucky is losing it by 1.2 points. Average that out, and you have the Vols winning the first half by roughly nine and a half points. If you want to be safer and just pick them to lead at halftime, they are at -300 on the moneyline.
However, the seven points is an even better bet. Tennessee football has been dominant in the second quarter specifically this year, but in general, they will appear to be in complete control at halftime. Even better news for them, being up so much will force Kentucky into more obvious passing downs, and they can then unleash their pass rush.