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Volunteers Look To Defy Odds Against Oklahoma

The Tennessee Volunteers look to prove that they are again a team to contend with and are looking to upset the No. 4 Oklahoma Sooner on the road.

The odds are not in Tennessee’s favor. Oklahoma has a -21 point spread and on top of that when the Volunteers are behind in the point spread they rarely cover it. The Vols were big underdogs twice last season and failed to cover the spread either time. Perhaps Tennessee bettors will bank on them bucking this trend, though, or possibly even upset the Sooners.

The Vols are coming into this game feeling good about there team, though. Two weeks ago they had an impressive 38-7 win against Utah State after just barely edging them out in the odds. They also defeated Arkansas State 34-19, though they were the overwhelming favroties to win that one.

Tennessee used to be a traditionally tough football program, though over the last five or six years they have settled into mediocrity, going through coaching staff after coaching staff looking to retain their past magic. Last year they finished the season 5-7. Even a slightly improved record this year paired with an upset against Oklahoma could save the Vols’ coaching staff.

Quarterback Justin Worley has all the tools to be a top tier quarterback. He has thrown for a combined 520 yards thus far and completed roughly 65 percent of his passes. Worley will be without his favorite target this game. Von Pearson is down with an injury.

The Vols are having a hard time establishing the run, as they are averaging just above three yards per carry.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma is looking to steamroll the once great Vols. The Sooners are fourth in line to win the playoffs according to the odds with 8/1.

In their last game the Sooners put up 319 passing yards and 261 rushing yards.  Compare those numbers to the Vols Week 2 stats and things do not look good for Tennessee.

The over/under is set at 58. This is a prime time game. It starts at 8 p.m. ET and you can watch on ABC.

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