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Tennessee opens as a two touchdown favorite over Vanderbilt

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NCAA Football: Vanderbilt at Tennessee Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

For the second time in 2020, Tennessee has opened as a two-score favorite over the Vanderbilt Commodores. The Vols and ‘Dores are set to play after their game last weekend was rescheduled in an attempt to get ten games in for each team in the conference.

Per Circa Sports, Tennessee is a 14 point favorite for Saturday’s game in Nashville.

The SEC officially announced a 4 p.m. ET kickoff time for Saturday, and the game will be carried by the SEC Network.

Vanderbilt was forced to cancel their game with Georgia this weekend after the Commodores didn’t have enough players due to COVID issues. Obviously, that situation could change the current plans to play on Saturday, so that’s something we’ll have to monitor throughout the week.

Vandy is still winless on the year and just a week removed from firing Derek Mason. Mason was fired after a 41-0 loss to Missouri on the road. Before that game, Vanderbilt had been playing decent football, giving Kentucky, Mississippi State and briefly Florida a scare. But everything fell apart against the Tigers.

Tennessee sits at 2-6, losers of six straight games. Clearly, this is a big one for Jeremy Pruitt. A win doesn’t help him much over a team this bad, but a loss here could break his back.

The Volunteers hold a 76-33-5 lead all time in this series, but the two sides are split 3-3 over the last six matchups. Pruitt picked up his first win in the series last season with a 28-10 victory.