Indiana State Sycamores vs. Tennessee Volunteers Betting Preview
Where: Neyland Stadium – Knoxville, TN
When: Saturday, September 9, 2017 – 4:00 PM ET
Line: Indiana State Sycamores vs. Tennessee Volunteers – view all NCAA Football odds and lines
TV Broadcast: SEC Network
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Betting on the Indiana State Sycamores (0-1)
The Sycamores had a frustrating loss to start the 2017 season. They fell to Eastern Illinois late, as they gave up a go-ahead touchdown with only three ticks left, eventually leading to a 22-20 defeat.
Not much noise was made on offense too, particularly in the passing game. Quarterbacks Cade Sparks and Isaac Harker, who split the duties, were non-factors and only combined to go 7-for-19 for 133 yards, one touchdown, and one interception that was returned for a 73-yard TD.
Running back Lemonte Booker became the heart and soul of the entire Sycamores – something that will probably happen for much of the year. The senior ran the ball 31 times for 154 yards and had one rushing score.
On defense, the team was okay at best. Although they held the Panthers to a 2.3 rushing average, they failed to apply enough pressure on the opposing QB and allowed 202 passing yards, along with a touchdown that led to the heart-breaking L .
Betting on the Tennessee Volunteers (1-0)
If Indiana State had agony in Week 1, Tennessee had thrill and exhilaration. They were on an absolute nail-biter against Georgia Tech before earning a squeaky 42-41, double-overtime win.
The QB-WR-RB trio of the Volunteers did the job. Quinten Dormady threw for 221 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and he connected with Marquez Callaway for 115 of those, as well as both TDs. RB John Kelly, meanwhile, dashed for 128 yards on 6.7 yards per carry, along with one rushing score, while also catching five passes for 35 yards.
Their defensive unit had an opposite type of outing. It was a nightmare, particularly for the front seven. The pass-rush didn’t have a sack or a QB hit, and only had a single tackle for loss despite playing in extra frames. Further, the Yellow Jackets’ workhorse back, Taquon Marshall, bulldozed them for a whopping 249 yards and five touchdowns.
As they clash with the Sycamores, expect the Volunteers to have an easier day. Dormady, Callaway, and Kelly should be able to produce nicely again, and the defense, although coming off a very punishing challenge, should have enough in them to be more effective.
Tennessee was 8-1 at home last season (5-4 ATS).
Tennessee wins, 36-20.
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