Nothing is like an SEC matchup between AP Top 25 teams on a Saturday, which is exactly what is happening when No. 8 Tennessee travels to No. 25 LSU. Both teams are on four-game winning streaks and Tennessee is undefeated.
The Volunteers (4-0, 1-0) head to Baton Rouge after an exciting offensive game against Florida, winning 38-33. The Tigers (4-1, 2-0) jbeat Auburn 21-17 in a gritty away game, playing well enough to enter the rankings for the first time this year.
Tennessee: High-Powered Offense
What is not to be excited about Tennessee’s offense? It ranks in the top three nationally in yards per game, passing yards per game and points per game. Even with the passing attack being the main attraction of the offense, with 365.8 per game, the run game is still dynamic averaging 193.5 yards.
Much of the offense’s success can be attributed to quarterback Hendon Hooker, whose Heisman odds are improving every week. He has passed for 1,193 yards on a 71.7% completion rate, with eight touchdowns and no interceptions. He is also a weapon on the ground with 175 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Against Florida, Hooker showed out by totaling 461 yards and accounting for three touchdowns.
Jalin Hyatt and Cedric Tillman have been the go-to receivers for Hooker. However, Tillman will be out until late October with an ankle injury, allowing Bru McCoy to step up. He had 102 yards and a touchdown against Florida.
The defense has struggled, allowing 309.3 passing yards but fewer than 20 points per game.
LSU Figuring Things Out
In the first game of the season against Florida State, LSU looked lost and confused under new head coach Brian Kelly. Since then, the team has started to figure things out, relying on its run game and a solid defense to win the last four games.
The attack has been headlined by quarterback Jayden Daniels, who has rushed for 321 yards and three touchdowns. He has been okay with his arm, throwing for six touchdowns and no interceptions but averaging 183 yards per game. Against Auburn, he finished with 80 yards going 8-20.
On the ground, the Tigers have four different running backs with over 25 carries, averaging 196 rushing yards as a team with 15 total touchdowns.
The defense has been dominant in the second half against quality opponents. In both wins over SEC teams, the Tigers allowed zero points after halftime. The defense has allowed less than 300 yards per game, but it did struggle against Auburn by allowing 438 yards, including 337 through the air.
Tennessee vs LSU Injury Report
Tennessee has four players listed as out, most noteworthy Cedric Tillman. Tight end Miles Campbell and running back Dylan Sampson are also questionable.
LSU has three players listed as out and four players as questionable. The most important is starting offensive lineman Garrett Dellinger and lead running back Armoni Goodwin.
Tennessee vs LSU Head-to-Head
Tennessee holds the edge in the matchup between these teams, winning 20 of the 33 games. However, LSU is on a five-game winning streak that started in 2006. The last time these teams played was in 2017.
Tennessee vs LSU Game Information
- Date: Saturday, Oct. 8
- Time: Noon ET
- Location: Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA
- Tennessee vs LSU Live Stream: ESPN
Tennessee vs LSU Betting Lines
Tennessee vs LSU Prediction
This game seems to come at the worst time for LSU while Tennessee comes in as a road favorite. The Tigers’ secondary struggled last week, while the Volunteers’ dangerous offense rests on the arm of their star quarterback. The Tigers won’t be able to capitalize on the Volunteers’ defensive struggles against the pass, due to their own issues moving the ball through the air.
A three-point spread seems way too low, even if Tennessee is the away team, as its offense will be too much for LSU to handle.