LSU vs Tennessee: Last Minute Spread Info, Line and Predictions

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIOctober 13, 2011

MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 24: Jarrett Lee #12 of the Louisiana State University Tigers hands the ball off to teammate Spencer Ware #11 during the game against the West Virginia Mountaineers on September 24, 2011 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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If you're aching to watch the best team in the nation flaunt their skills, then this matchup between the LSU Tigers and Tennessee Volunteers is for you.

No. 1 ranked LSU is once again heading on the road, and even though Tennessee shouldn't be much of a problem, at 3-2, they are still a respectable opponent.

The Volunteers are 0-2 in the SEC, though, which is a recipe for disaster. They've lost at the hands of the Florida Gators and Georgia Bulldogs.

If LSU is really a national championship contender like we think they are, this should be an easy game.

GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 17:  Running back Tauren Poole #28 of the Tennessee Volunteers during a game against the Florida Gators  at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Where: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN

When: Saturday Oct. 15. 3:30 p.m EST

Watch: CBS

 

Spread (Bodog.com): LSU -17 1/2

Tennessee may put up a fight, but LSU is just too good.

 

Over/Under (thespread.com): 43 1/2

LSU can cover this all by themselves, but I expect Tennessee will help out.

 

Key Injuries:

 LSU: Center P.J. Lonergan probale (leg).

Tennessee: Running back Tauren Poole probable (hamstring), quarterback Tyler Bray out until mid-November (thumb).

 

BCS/Top 25 Poll Implications:

As the No. 1 team in the nation every team is going to be coming at you with everything they've got, so this is yet another big road game for LSU. Tennessee, on the other hand, can pull off an upset of epic proportions and probably get themselves in the rankings.

 

Keys To LSU Win:

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 08:  Spencer Ware #11 of the Louisiana State University Tigers runs past Jaye Howard #6 of the Florida Gators at Tiger Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The Tigers defeated the Gators 41-11.  (Photo by Chris
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The running game and controlling the tempo of this matchup will be LSU's team. They are the dominant team, and I expect running back Spencer Ware to impose his will on the Volunteers.

 

Keys To Tennessee Win:

KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 18:  Brian Biada #31 of the Florida Gators tackles Da'Rick Rogers #21 of the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Florida won 31-17.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers needs to step up and be the star of this game. He literally needs to outshine everybody if the Volunteers have a shot.

 

Prediction:

This would be a great win for the Tennessee program, but LSU is far too good.

Prediction: 49 Tennessee: 10

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