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No. 8 Tennessee vs. LSU picks and best bets for Week 6 SEC matchup

The Vols and Tigers meet in a cross-division matchup with plenty on the line in Death Valley.

Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker runs past Florida safety Kamari Wilson during an NCAA college football game on Saturday, September 24, 2022 in Knoxville, Tenn. Caitie McMekin/News Sentinel / USA TODAY NETWORK

The No. 8 Tennessee Volunteers lead one of the nation’s best offenses in an SEC bout with the No. 25 LSU Tigers. Tennessee will look to extend its undefeated streak, while the Tigers will look to move to 5-1 on the season.

Here’s all the data you’ll want, and a pick for the game!

SP+ Rankings

Tennessee: No. 8 overall, No. 3 offense, No. 50 defense
LSU: No. 19 overall, No. 30 offense, No. 13 defense

Injury update


DB Warren Burrell - Out (Upper Body)

TE Miles Campbell - Questionable (undisclosed)

RB Dylan Sampson - Questionable (ankle)

WR Cedric Tillman - Out (ankle)

LB William Mohan - Out (suspension)

RB Len’Neth Whitehead - Out (Upper body)


WR Chris Hilton Jr. - Out (shoulder)

CB Sevyn Banks - Out (spine)

S Matthew Langlois - Questionable (leg)

S Major Burns - Questionable (neck)

OL Garrett Dellinger - Questionable (hand)

RB Armoni Goodwin - Questionable (hamstring)

CB Raydarious Jones - Out (suspension)

DL Maason Smith - Out (knee)


Against The Spread

Tennessee: 3-1 ATS
LSU: 3-2 ATS


Tennessee: Over 3-1
LSU: Over 1-4

Returning/Overall Talent from 247Sports

Tennessee: No. 21 overall, No. 21 offense, No. 19 defense
LSU: No. 5 overall, No. 5 offense, No. 7 defense

Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook

Spread: Tennessee -3
Total: 64.5
Moneyline: Tennessee -140, LSU +120

Opening line: Tennessee -3
Opening total: 62


86 degrees, 10 MPH wind, 1% chance of rain

The Pick

Tennessee -3

The Tigers' defense presents the most formidable challenge that Tennessee has seen so far this season, but the Volunteers’ offense is scoring at such a high rate that they should come away with the win in this one. Hendon Hooker may have to work to connect with his receivers against LSU’s secondary, but when your team is averaging 48.5 PPG they will find the endzone at the end of the day. Tennessee should be able to tack on an early lead and carry that through to the final whistle.

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