Tennessee needs to win at least one game over the next two weeks to become bowl eligible and get to six wins. The first opportunity to get over that hump will come at home against the Missouri Tigers.
For that game, Tennessee has opened as 5.5 point underdogs, according to VegasInsider.com.
The Tigers sit at 6-4 overall, but just 2-4 in SEC play. Those two wins have come in the last two weeks, including an upset win of Florida on the road. Missouri just barely escaped Vanderbilt playing at home on Saturday.
Senior quarterback Drew Lock has been up and down this season, throwing for 2,647 yards and 21 touchdowns to this point. Lackluster outputs against Vanderbilt, Alabama, South Carolina and Kentucky have made things tougher on Missouri this year, however.
Despite those struggles, Lock will present a much tougher test for the Tennessee defense than they saw this past weekend against Terry Wilson and Kentucky.
Let’s see if Tennessee can string a couple of SEC wins together to close 2018.