The Rocky Top Talk staff, like the Vols team, had a week they'd like to forget last Saturday, going just 3-4 straight up and against the spread in Florida's 28-27 comeback win over Tennessee. Closest to the Pin goes to Joel, whose 20-17 Florida prediction was just two points off on the margin and 18 points off on the total, but everyone was beaten by Vegas, whose pick of 25-23 Vols got the winner wrong, but was only three points off on the margin and seven points off on the total.
The staff and the team is hoping for a better week when Arkansas comes to Neyland Stadium to take on the Vols. Can Tennessee get it done? Let's go to the picks:
Incipient (3-1 straight up, 3-1 against the spread): It's really tough to get a read on this game. Tennessee is coming off heartbreak, but. . . so is Arkansas. I can usually count on Tennessee's defense to be great on their own half of the field but terrible in the red zone, but Arkansas is probably the best between-the-20s offense they've faced and the worst red zone offense. I'm not sure how that makes sense, but that's how it's happened. Tennessee has choked away two straight FBS games, but Arkansas' ability to lose close games trumps even the Vols'.