CFB: UCLA at Tennessee (4:00 PM ET, ESPN)


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CFB: UCLA at Tennessee (4:00 PM ET, ESPN)

UCLA upset Tennessee last year in Los Angeles. The back end of the home-and-home series is set for Saturday when the Volunteers welcome the Bruins to Knoxville. The hosts are a hefty 10-point favorite and coming off a dominant effort against Western Kentu


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UCLA upset Tennessee last year in Los Angeles. The back end of the home-and-home series is set for Saturday when the Volunteers welcome the Bruins to Knoxville. The hosts are a hefty 10-point favorite and coming off a dominant effort against Western Kentucky in the season opener. Will the new head coach Lane Kiffin magic continue with payback for the '08 loss, or is 10-points too much to lay? Bettors at Sportsbook.com seem to think the former. Take a look at the latest BETTING TRENDS and then read on for more about this intriguing contest.

Last year's 27-24 overtime loss at UCLA set the wheels in motion for Philip Fullmer to be done as coach in Knoxville. Two games later, a home drubbing by Florida showed just how far the talent level has slipped at Tennessee. Lane Kiffin left the Oakland Raiders in controversy and created plenty while being hired in Tennessee. With one impressive win over under their belt, this is a game the Vols must have if they want to go bowling this season. The offensive line returns four starters and they got off to great start with the Vols runners totaling 380 yards on the ground last week. Look for Tennessee to run the ball a lot on Saturday. The Vols are 7-14 ATS vs. present Pac-10 teams.

It's year two in Rick Neuheisel's return to UCLA campus, however it might be only a little better than last year's 4-8 opening salvo. The starting signal caller is red-shirt freshman Kevin Prince and the Bruins offensive staff likes his ability, however, will have to be patient with his inexperience. The offensive line and running backs are strictly generic, which will limit production. The defense will be the strength of this squad with solid performers up and down the starting 11. They will have to pressure and confuse Crompton, similar to last year and hopefully force a few miscues to place offense in position to score. UCLA is 8-2 ATS as underdogs when opponents are in a revenge spot.

The Bruins are 6-2 against the spread vs. Tennessee and are 20-7 ATS the first two weeks of the season. The Volunteers are 8-3-1 ATS at Neyland Stadium as a home favorite the last three years and are 9-0 UNDER in home games after a win by 28 or more points. This could be table-setter for big trip to Gainesville next week.

StatFox Power Line says Tennessee -13. Sportsbook.com has the actual number a bit less at 10.

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