Auburn vs. Tennessee: Prediction, point spread, line, pick, odds, football game, live stream, kickoff time

Auburn vs. Tennessee: Prediction, point spread, line, pick, odds, football game, live stream, kickoff time


Back during the 2018 college football season when Tennessee upset Auburn on the road, life was given to Jeremy Pruitt first season as the Volunteers' coach. Now the teams are convening at Jordan-Hare Stadium years earlier than originally expected with Pruitt in desperate need of a jolt to his third season. No. 23 Auburn, on the other hand, enters this game looking for a tune-up victory after three weeks off as it prepares for arch-rival Alabama next week.

The Auburn Tigers have a tough doubles week coming up, but first they will need to take care of the trade at home on Saturday night against the Tennessee Volunteers. Later this weekend, Auburn will see No. 1 Alabama and No. 5 Texas A&M for their next two games.

It can be seen as a potential trap spot for Auburn, but the Tigers are in their first game since their Halloween night, a 48–11 home win over LSU. Tennessee, as for yikes. It is not a very good football team right now. After starting the season at 2–0, the Volunteers do not appear to be handling quite as easily in each of their last four matches. Quarterback play is a major issue, and there is not a lot of evidence that will improve.

Tennessee (2-4) should be healthy, too, after its game against Texas A&M was canceled last week due to the Aggies' issues with COVID-19. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said he expects a few players to be out due to COVID-19 contact tracing. But the Tigers (4-2) should be healthy for the most part after being three weeks between games and putting the worst of a coronavirus outbreak behind them.

But the Volunteers' offense is not well, and Auburn defense returned to form by holding LSU to just 11 points in its last game. That means some revenge could be on tap as the Tigers look to get payback for the 30-24 home loss to Tennessee from two seasons ago.


Storylines

Auburn: Auburn last played on Oct. 31, when it blew out rival LSU 48-11. Now after three weeks between games, Auburn will look to pick up where it left off as Malzahn coaches his 100th game with the program. The Tigers had a scheduled bye the following week and then had last week's game with Mississippi State postponed due to COVID-19 issues.  Though he's 66-33 during his eight-year tenure, Malzahn always seems to be just one loss away from the hot seat. With tough games against Alabama and Texas A&M up next, he can't afford a slip up here against a struggling Tennessee team. Thankfully for Malzahn, his sophomore quarterback Bo Nix has played well in his last two games since throwing three interceptions in a loss to South Carolina on Oct. 17.

Tennessee: Guarantano has received much of the blame for the Volunteers' offensive struggles during the team's four-game losing streak. Auburn fans may have their frustrations with Nix sometimes, but Tennessee fans would gladly trade redshirt senior Jarrett Guarantano for a quarterback of Nix's caliber. But a trio of backups have shown little to instill doubt in Guarantor's handle on the job. Still, Pruitt's reluctance to start another player at the position has put the third-year coach in the firing line as fans spew their frustration about the team's drop-off following a 2-0 start. Assuming Gurarantano starts again Saturday, he will hope to replicate the 328-yard, two-touchdown performance he posted in the 2018 upset win at Auburn.