Motivated Tennessee -6 is the College Football Pick vs. Arkansas

Steven Suarez

Monday, September 28, 2015 5:04 PM UTC

Monday, Sep. 28, 2015 5:04 PM UTC

How on earth are the Volunteers going to respond after another heart-breaking loss? They'll host Arkansas this weekend as the college football odds favorites.

Odds Overview
The Volunteers are clear-cut favorites for this weekend's action, with the range starting at six points and going up to seven at some of the top sportsbooks.

If you're wanting to get in some action on the game's total, you're going to have to wait just a little bit longer. Those college football odds have yet to be released, so keep checking back with SBR to see what kind of opening number we get and if there's any movement throughout the week.


Tennessee Volunteers
Make that two games in which the Vols have coughed away victories. First, they saw Oklahoma storm back in the fourth quarter to lose 31-24 (at home no less), and then, this past week, Tennessee allowed a 63-yard touchdown reception in the final two minutes to lose 28-27 on the road against nemesis Florida.

Those were two truly brutal losses for the team, and a lot of the responsibility should fall on head coach Butch Jones, who has made some questionable decisions in the closing stages of both defeats. This is a team that should be 4-0 right now, but instead they're 2-2 and now will have to fight their way back in the loaded SEC.

That shouldn't take away from what have been great individual efforts from starting quarterback Joshua Dobbs and a powerful running game that features the running ability of Dobbs along with Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara. Tennessee has already recorded 992 total rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns, with Hurd accounting for 402 yards and seven scores himself. This Vols offense can do some damage, there's no doubt about that, and now they'll try to overpower Arkansas at home.


Arkansas Razorbacks
With only one win through four games, the Razorbacks are already in a precarious position. They've lost three straight since a season-opening drubbing of UTEP, falling to Toledo, Texas Tech and then Texas A&M this past weekend.

Against the Aggies, Arkansas lost in overtime 28-21 at home. Brandon Allen was efficient, completing 20-of-25 passes for 225 yards to go with one touchdown and one pick, while Alex Collins ran 26 times for 151 yards and a score. Drew Morgon made a lot of big plays in the passing game and ended up with a team-high eight receptions for 155 yards and a TD. Defensively, Arkansas was stout against the run but had no way of stopping the likes of QB Kyle Allen and wideouts Christian Kirk and Josh Reynolds from making plays.

It was a valiant effort out of the Razorbacks last week, but it just wasn't enough. The road gets no easier, with a trip to rowdy Neyland Stadium next up on the schedule.


NCAA Football Pick
As heartbreaking as their two defeats have been, we've seen the Vols bounce back in these types of situations this season, and we're expecting more of the same this weekend.

Back at home in Knoxville, Tennessee should be able to take care of business against an Arkansas team that's looking like it's one of the whipping boys in the SEC. The Razorbacks hung around with A&M at home last weekend, but they've done little over their entire body of work through four games to suggest we should trust them with our college football picks.

To put it simply, the Vols are the more talented team and they'll have the benefit of being at home, not to mention the fact they'll be as hungry and motivated as ever following the gut-wrenching loss to Florida. As you get set to finalize your college football picks for Week 5 of the season, don't sleep on Tennessee, even as six-point chalk.

College Football Pick: Tennessee  -6 at Bovada

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