Bet Road Dog +17 in Tennessee vs. Ole Miss NCAAF Week 8 Pick

Jeff Grant

Monday, October 13, 2014 12:18 PM GMT

Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 12:18 PM GMT

Tennessee won’t be overwhelmed by Homecoming in Oxford, which makes them dangerous road underdogs in the college football betting odds against Ole Miss.

Steady Improvement
Tennessee snapped a three-game losing streak by capturing a 45-10 victory over Chattanooga as 25-point home favorites last Saturday, as its youthful roster continues to gain experience under second-year head coach Butch Jones.

The Volunteers have played 23 true freshmen over the course of the 2014 campaign, which is important to consider when making your Week 8 college football picks, considering that number leads all FBS teams in that category.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 0-8 SU and 5-3 ATS as underdogs of 10.5 to 21 points, with the 'over' going 5-2-1 in that situation.

 

Visually Impressive
Ole Miss sits atop my personal college football power rankings after picking up back-to-back wins against ranked opponents for the first time in school history, which includes a 35-20 triumph over the Texas A&M Aggies as 2.5-point road underdogs last week.

The Rebels first-team defense came into their last contest having allowed just a single touchdown, which can’t be ignored when looking over the College Football odds, as they limited the Aggies to their lowest score since the 2013 campaign.

It’s important to point out that the squad is 7-5 SU and 10-2 ATS in Weeks 5 through 9 of a season under third-year head coach Hugh Freeze.

 

Challenging Environment
The Volunteers aren’t going to shy away from this monumental task of trying to knock off the No. 3 team in the country, especially since they’ve already traveled to take on the Oklahoma Sooners and Georgia Bulldogs this season.

Tennessee also has some historical success in its corner, as it has proven victorious in 13 of the last 14 meetings in this series, including a 52-14 win as 2.5-point home favorites in the last occurrence on Nov. 13, 2010.

 

Protecting the Football
Rebels quarterback Bo Wallace hasn’t turned the ball over in three Southeastern Conference games to this point, which fits nicely with the team causing at least one turnover in 29 consecutive contests—the second longest active streak of its kind nationally.

Mississippi will need to maintain its focus and not look ahead on the schedule, as it hits the road against LSU and welcomes Auburn to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium the following two weeks.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Volunteers as one of their College Football picks, as they’ve gone 4-1 ATS as road underdogs of 14.5 to 17 points in their last five opportunities.

 

Free College Football Pick: Tennessee Volunteers +17 at Bet365

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