Bowling Green Falcons at Tennessee Volunteers (SECN)
Thursday, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. ET; Neyland Stadium; Knoxville, Tenn.
Line: Tennessee -35; Over/Under: 60.5
The last game on this list is ironically the first game of the week. Tennessee football begins a new era against the Bowling Green Falcons with tons of questions and lots of excitement surrounding the program.
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New head coach Josh Heupel will be a 180 from Jeremy Pruitt. With Joe Milton III as the starter, he’s looking to score lots of points and play for tempo. The Vols will be looking to make a splash by putting that offense on display under the lights Thursday night, and after a 3-7 season, they are desperate to take the field again.
On the other hand, BGSU is trying to find itself under Scot Loeffler. After going 3-9 his first year, he went 0-5 last year. This year, he is loaded with new talent all over the field, but his seat is getting a lot warmer. Against a rebuilding UT team, he’s got a lot he needs to prove.
UT has won one game against an FBS program by 35 points the past decade, and they haven’t done it in six years. Heupel, meanwhile, didn’t win any game by more than 35 points last year, his first season with the UCF Knights. As a result, betting against the Vols to cover is one of the best moves any team could make.
At the same time, with Heupel’s tempo and Loeffler’s tempo-based Power I offense, this game will hit the over. Tennessee football will win but fail to cover because it lets BGSU score too much. Expect lots of points here.
Tennessee: 52 Bowling Green: 31 (Bowling Green +35; Over 60.5)