Nebraska Vs Tennessee Music City Bowl LineJosh Bailey
The Tennessee Volunteers will look to take down the 24th-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers and cover the college football betting line as a slight, 3-point favorite when the two teams square off in the 2016 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl at Nissan Stadium.
This annual postseason affair will get underway on Friday, Dec. 30 at 3:30 PM ET and will air live on ESPN. Now, let’s find out if the Vols can get the SU win and ATS cover.
Nebraska Cornhuskers Vs Tennessee Volunteers Music City Bowl Line
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl
Who: Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-3) vs Tennessee Volunteers (8-4)
When: Friday, December 30, 2016
Start Time: 3:30 PM ET
Where: Nashville, TN
Stadium: Nissan Stadium
Spread: Tennesee -3
Moneyline: Nebraska +140 vs Tennessee -160
Game Total: 60.5
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Nebraska vs Tennessee
Why Bet The Nebraska Cornhuskers To Beat The Volunteers
The Cornhuskers (9-3 SU, 7-4-1 ATS) had their modest two-game winning streak snapped in their 40-10 blowout loss to Iowa in their regular season finale, but can still reach 10 wins for the first time since 2012.
Nebraska averages 26.7 points per game to rank an uninspiring 78th in scoring nationally as senior quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. has completed a dismal 51.4 percent of his passes for 2,180 yards with 14 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Receivers Jordan Westerkamp and Stanley Morgan Jr. have combined for 951 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while running back Terrell Newby has rushed for a team-high 864 yards and seven touchdowns.
Defensively, Nebraska is allowing 22.7 points per contest to rank 31st in points allowed defensively. Josh Banderas leads the Nebraska Cornhuskers with 89 tackles while Ross Dzuris has racked up a team-high 5.5 sacks and defensive back Kieron Williams has a team-high five interceptions.
Why Bet The Tennessee Volunteers To Beat The Cornhuskers
The Volunteers (8-4 SU, 5-7 ATS) had their three-game winning streak snapped in their 45-34 loss to Vanderbilt in their regular season finale. The good news is that the Vols are looking to record their third straight bowl game win under head coach Butch Jones.
Tennessee averages a solid 36.2 points per game to rank an encouraging 26th in scoring nationally as quarterback Joshua Dobbs has completed an impressive 63.3 percent of his passes for 2,655 yards with 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
Receivers Josh Malone and Jauan Jennings have combined for 873 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns while Dobbs has rushed for a team-high 713 yards and nine touchdowns.
Defensively, Tennessee is allowing 29.3 points to rank 73rd in points allowed nationally.Todd Kelly Jr. leads the Tennessee Volunteers with 67 tackles while defensive lineman Derek Barnett has racked up a team-high 12 sacks.
Expert ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction
58 percent of public bettors likes Tennessee to narrowly cover the spread and so do I, if only because Nebraska has the toughest time scoring the ball and the Vols are downright explosive when they want to be.
I fully expect the Cornhuskers to struggle to keep pace and stop Tennessee’s Joshua Dobbs while getting another lackluster effort from quarterback Tommy Armstrong jr. in what has been a career full of them.
The Cornhuskers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four non-conference games and 4-0-1 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss.
Tennessee is just 2-4 ATS in their last six games, but they’ve also won 14 of their last 18 games outright and play a higher caliber of competition in the SEC than Nebraska faces in the Big Ten.
Simply put, Tennessee gets a better effort out of Joshua Dobbs than Nebraska gets out of Tommy Armstrong Jr. to win and narrowly cover the spread in a contest that narrowly plays over the 61-point O/U Total.