PREDICTIONS: Texas vs Tennessee and the Big 12-SEC challenge

A big Saturday is ahead for the Big 12 and the SEC. Texas and Tennessee are one of the highlights of the series.

Former Texas coach Rick Barnes and the No. 4 Tennessee Volunteers play host to the No. 10 Texas Longhorns.

Tennessee presents the best defense the Longhorns will have faced. The Volunteers have ranked toward the top of the country in multiple defensive categories.

As far as what Tennessee brings offensively, the group is unremarkable compared to some of the better offenses Texas has faced. The Vols score 74.1 points per game (No. 88 in NCAA) to the Longhorns’ 80.5 (No. 16).

The clash should pull the Texas scoring average down, but Rick Barnes’ team has proven vulnerable against athletic mismatches like the Longhorns. The Vols recently lost to Kentucky by 7 in Knoxville.

Texas will look to get over its road struggles over the 2023 season. Here’s a look at how the games could unfold.

No. 15 Auburn 72, West Virginia 60

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No. 2 Alabama 86, Oklahoma 72

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No. 12 Iowa State 65, Missouri 59

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Texas Tech 70, LSU 69

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No. 11 TCU 82, Mississippi State 72

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No. 17 Baylor 90, Arkansas 81

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No. 10 Texas 64, No. 4 Tennessee 62

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No. 5 Kansas State 94, Florida 64

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Kentucky 70, No. 9 Kansas 62

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Oklahoma State 54, Ole Miss 52

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Story originally appeared on Longhorns Wire