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College Football Picks and Previews: Vols Saturday Night Special

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Congratulations to the great state of Tennessee! The people in Vol country can now legally bet on college football within the state for the first time.

If you are a Tennessee resident, you can gamble on sports via mobile transactions. And what better way to kick things off than to get sweaty in a prime time tilt involving the flagship program of the state.

Here is a preview of the game, including a wager you can’t pass up.

Vols at Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR

7:30 PM, EST

Kudos to Arkansas for being among the best in the nation. Good teams win; great teams cover. And that’s exactly what Sam Pittman’s squad has been able to do at an alarming rate. The Razorbacks are 5-0 ATS.

The Hawgs have an impressive win against Mississippi and should have won at Auburn, if not for an officiating blunder. Pittman has surely turned things around in Fayetteville. The transition from bottom feeder to the middle class in the SEC is becoming easier thanks in part to the play of quarterback Felipe Franks.

The transfer from Florida has been quite efficient, passing for over 1200 yards with a 66 percent completion rate. He also has 11 touchdowns and just 3 interceptions on the year.

The Volunteers from Tennessee come marching into town to try to snap a three-game losing skid. While both teams are 2-3 overall, the Vols are 1-3-1 ATS on the year, a far cry from Arkansas’ amazing start.

It will be Franks’ buddy, Jarrett Guarantano, getting the nod from coach Jeremy Pruitt to try to lead this Volunteer team to a much-needed victory. The two quarterbacks have a friendship that has formed since their days as darling recruits. Both were in the class of 2016 and attended the Elite 11 camp.

In each of the past two seasons, Guarantano has risen to the occasion on the road against conference foes. In 2018, he led the Vols to a 30-24 upset of Auburn during a noon tilt at Jordan-Hare. The Lodi, NJ native threw for 328 yards and posted a passer rating of 172.4.

In 2019, JG threw for a career-high 415 yard JG has on 23 completions en route to a 24-20 win in Columbia, MO. The victory over the Missouri Tigers clinched a bowl bid for Tennessee.

All this means…

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I think this is a spot for Guarantano to add another ascension to his map of peaks and valleys. Playing against one of his friends should bring out the best in the 5th-year senior. If running backs Ty Chandler and Eric Gray can get going, Guarantano should settle in fine.

Arkansas’ offensive struggles on third down should give the Vols’ defense a boost. The Hawgs rank 93rd in the country in third-down conversion percentage (32.4). A Razorbacks offense that lacks explosiveness is just what Tennessee needs as a respite from guarding Devonta Smith, Kendal Milton, or Kearis Jackson.

Speaking of acceleration, try the odds-booster from FanDuel. You can take the Vols from a -2 favorite to moneyline hero at 25/1 odds. For comparison, Tennessee is the favored traveling team at most sportsbooks. These odds are too good to pass up, even with a struggling Vols unit. When you think JG is down, he rises from the ashes. This couldn’t be a better spot for him to bounce-back. And for you, the LEGAL Tennessee bettor, to get rich.

VOLS ML w/ the odds booster at FanDuel

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