Ohio Vs Tennessee College Football Winning Predictions
The Tennessee Volunteers shook off a lot of the worry from their Week 1 overtime scare against Appalachian State when they throttled Virginia Tech in Week 2, 45-24. They pulled off a huge win before the biggest crowd in the history of college football, and now they face Ohio in a final tune-up before they enter SEC play. Take a look at the college football betting lines for all the action in Week 3.
Bobcats Vs Volunteers College Football Winning Predictions
When: Saturday, September 17, 2016, 12:00 PM ET
Where: Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN
TV: SEC Network
Radio: Vol Network from IMG
Live Stream: SEC Network Live Stream
NCAAF Odds: Tennessee (-27.5)
Why should you bet on the Ohio Bobcats?
Ohio U. doesn’t bring a cupcake, directional-school team into Neyland Stadium this week. In Week 2, they knocked off a Big 12 team on the road, beating Kansas 37-21. Granted, Kansas is in the basement of that Power 5 conference, but a road win against a Big 12 team represents a huge step for a MAC program. Quarterback Greg Windham and tailback Dorian Brown both pile up big yards on the ground, gaining 268 yards together in that win. The Ohio defense bottled up the Kansas attack on the ground and looks to do the same against Tennessee.
The Bobcats’ coach is Frank Solich, and he has built a reputation for grinding football through the run, eating up the clock while his team is on the field. One of the few soft areas for Tennessee is on that D-line, so the Bobcats should make some successful penetration. Windham has a strong arm, but Solich pushes a run-first philosophy on offense. As long as Ohio can mount a pass rush, Tennessee will struggle to exploit the iffy Ohio secondary. Remember — as long as Ohio can keep the score within four touchdowns, they cover the line on this game.
Why should you put your money on Tennessee Volunteers?
Quarterback Joshua Dobbs shows with each passing week why he is such a special talent. In the Vols’ 45-24 win over Virginia Tech, he led the team in rushing (106 yards, 2 TD) but also went 10 for 19 in passing, hurling three touchdown passes against a single pick. This took place against a Virginia Tech team that offers a strong defense as its signature. Tailback Jalen Hurd picked up 99 yards on 22 attempts, and the Volunteers will look to establish the running game to loosen up the secondary for Dobbs to take shots down the field.
The Tennessee defense had five takeaways against Virginia Tech, led by Jalen Reeves-Maybin, who picked up 13 total tackles (including 1.5 for a loss) from his linebacker position. He will have a huge role in bottling up that Ohio running game.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
Expect to see Tennessee start off a little on the soft side, as they won’t have a record-breaking home crowd again this week. You can also expect Ohio to grind up a lot of clock in the opening quarter, and perhaps even the first half, as they impose their will early with the running game. However, after the first few series, I like Tennessee to open things up and start pulling away. I’m predicting a 38-14 Tennessee win — which means I like Ohio to cover.