Vanderbilt Opens as Enormous Home Underdog Against Tennessee in Early Odds for 2020 Rivalry Matchup in Nashville

By David Hayes
Tennessee vs Vanderbilt odds for 2020 football game have the Volunteers as sizable road favorites for the Week 13 matchup in Nashville.
Tennessee vs Vanderbilt odds for 2020 football game have the Volunteers as sizable road favorites for the Week 13 matchup in Nashville. / Silas Walker/Getty Images
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The Tennessee Volunteers finally got the best of their long-time, in-state rival Vanderbilt Commodores to end a three-year losing streak last season, and it certainly doesn't look like the oddsmakers believe last year's power shift in this series is going to change back this year either.

Even with the 2020 college football offseason experiencing some unprecedented spring delays and cancellations, the odds and spreads around more than 100 of this fall's biggest matchups are now available on FanDuel Sportsbook.

Tennessee vs Vanderbilt Spread 2020

Sitting months away from the 115th edition of this in-state SEC rivalry, Tennessee has already opened as a compelling 13-point favorite to beat the Commodores on the road in Nashville later this fall, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Despite besting Vanderbilt, 28-10, last year, the Commodores have still won three of the past four meetings with the Volunteers at home in Vanderbilt Stadium. But I'm sure neither fanbase has forgotten that Tennessee had won the previous 14 straight matchups in this series on the road before that, a winning streak that spanned from 1984 to 2010.

After an alarmingly poor start to the year, Tennessee had one of the strongest finishes to the 2019-20 season in the country, winning six straight games, which included a 13-point, 4th-quarter comeback win over Indiana in the 2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl.

Meanwhile in Nashville, Vanderbilt limped to a 3-9 overall finish and 1-7 SEC record to mark their worst season since 2014. Needless to say, the momentum is clearly turning in this rivalry heading into 2020.

There's still plenty of time for things to change between now and this 2020 rivalry kickoff, but the Volunteers remain overwhelming early favorites for the time being. Barring any scheduling changes we may see, Vanderbilt is currently set to host Tennessee at Vanderbilt Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020.


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David Hayes is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David Hayes also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username DavidWHayes. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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