Welcome to the Outback Bowl featuring the Northwestern Wildcats versus the Tennessee Volunteers. Kick-off is scheduled for New Year’s Day at noon ET on ESPN 2 from the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay.
Northwestern has an opportunity to cap off an 11-win season, the program’s best, but it needs to overcome a Tennessee program that need a win to save face after a disappointing year. The one and only time the two met, the Volunteers rolled at will 48-28 in the 1997 Citrus Bowl. Can the Wildcats be any better and get just their third bowl win? Or will the Vols return to the glory of season’s past?
A Closer Look At How To Bet The Northwestern Wildcats Vs Tennessee Volunteers Outback Bowl Line
The college football Outback Bowl betting line favors Tennessee as 7.5-point favorites after opening as 9 point favorites. If you are betting the moneyline straight up, Northwestern pays 265 on 100 while the Vols pay 100 on 325. The Over/Under is currently at 45.
What: Outback Bowl
Who: No. 12 Northwestern Wildcats (10-2) at Tennessee Volunteers (8-4)
When: Friday, January 1, 2016
Kickoff: 12:00 PM ET
Where: Tampa, FL
Stadium: Raymond James Stadium
Spread: Tennessee -7.5
Moneyline: Northwestern +265 vs Tennessee -325
Game Total: 45
Watch: ESPN 2
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Northwestern vs Tennessee
Bet The #12 Northwestern Wildcats +7.5 Because…
Northwestern’s defense found its mojo in the Wildcats final 5 games. Northwestern won their final 5 games mainly due to the defense returning to glory. Northwestern held Nebraska to 28 points in a 30 to 28 road win. They held Penn State to 21 points in a 23 to 21 win. Purdue could score only 14 in a 21 to 14 Northwestern win. Wisconsin could only get 7 in a 13 to 7 win and Northwestern beat Illinois 24 to 14 at Illinois in the Wildcats final game of the season.
Bet The Tennessee Volunteers -7.5 Because…
Tennessee won 6 out of their last 7 games. The Volunteers got onto a major roll in the second half of the season. Tennessee beat Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Texas, Missouri and Vanderbilt in their final 7 games. The only loss was a 14 to 19 heart breaker to Alabama. In the wins, Tennessee won with both scoring, like when they hung 52 on Kentucky and 53 on Vanderbilt, and defense, like when they beat Missouri 19 to 8.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
The problem for Northwestern in this game is that even though the defense has been playing well, the offense hasn’t. Northwestern just doesn’t have a very good offense this season. The teams that Northwestern beat towards the end of the season: Penn State, Purdue, Wisconsin and Illinois also don’t have very good offenses. The only real impressive win was beating Nebraska on the road. Tennessee won with both its offense and its defense in the Volunteers final 6 games. Tennessee should win this matchup by at least 7.