Friday, December 30, 2016
Music City Bowl
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The Nebraska Cornhuskers take on the Tennessee Volunteers on Friday, December 30, 2016 in the Music City Bowl. The opening line for this game has Tennessee as 3 point favorites. This season the Cornhuskers are 6-4-2 against the spread and their over/under record is 3-9-0. The Volunteers have an over/under record of 8-4-0 and they are 5-7-0 against the spread.
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Tommy Armstrong finished with 125 yards through the air for Nebraska in his last game. He completed 13 passes out of 35 attempts for a 37% completion percentage. The Cornhuskers were led in rushing by Tre Bryant, who finished with 41 yards on 11 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 4 yards per carry. Jordan Westerkamp was the team leader in receiving with a total of 50 yards and 4 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 13 yards per reception. As a team in that game Nebraska got a total of 17 first downs. Of those first downs, 6 came on the ground while 8 came through the air. They ran 68 total plays for 217 yards for the game. The Cornhuskers ran for 90 yards on 31 attempts.
Joshua Dobbs finished with 340 yards passing for Tennessee in his last contest. He went 31 for 34, resulting in a 91% completion percentage. The Volunteers were led on the ground by Alvin Kamara, who finished with 69 yards on 10 carries. He ended the game with an average of 7 yards per rush. Josh Malone led the team in receiving with 121 yards and 7 catches. He finished the game with an average of 17 yards per reception. Tennessee had 27 first downs total. 10 came from running the ball and 16 came from a pass. They ran 67 total plays for 516 yards for the contest. The Volunteers ran for 176 yards on 33 carries as a team.
Nebraska scores 26.8 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 78th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 15.2 passes on 29.8 attempts for a 50.8 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 207.9 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 90th in college football. The Cornhuskers run for an average of 178.3 yards per game on 41.2 attempts for an average of 4.3 yards per carry. That ranks them 63rd in the nation. They also run 71 plays per contest and average 5.4 yards per play for an average of 386.2 yards per game, ranking their offense 85th overall this season. The Cornhuskers average 20.7 first downs per game which ranks them 74th in the country. They accumulate 54.5 penalty yards per game via 5.7 penalties, which ranks 65th in the nation.
Nebraska allows 209.6 passing yards per game, ranking 42nd in D-1, and they allow 22.8 points per contest on defense, which ranks 31st. They give up 19.3 completions on 32 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 60.2. The Cornhuskers allow 141.2 rushing yards per game on 32.8 carries for an average of 4.3 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 35th in the country. Nebraska allows 350.8 total yards per game including 5.4 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 21st in terms of yards per game. They force 1.5 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 4.9 penalties for 42.8 yards per game, ranking them 22nd among D-1 teams.
Tennessee averages 36.3 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 26th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 17.9 passes per game on 28.4 attempts for a 63 percent completion percentage. They throw for 234.1 yards through the air per game, ranking them 62nd in Division 1. The Volunteers run for an average of 203.2 yards per game on 39.9 attempts for an average of 5.1 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 43rd on the ground. They also run 68.3 plays per game and average 6.4 yards per play for a total of 437.3 yards per game, ranking them 51st in the country on offense. The Volunteers get an average of 21.3 first downs per game, which ranks 61st in the nation. They average 55.8 penalty yards per game via 6.2 penalties, ranking them 57th in college football.
Tennessee allows an average of 226.1 passing yards per game, which ranks 66th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 29.3 points per contest, which has them ranked 73rd in the nation. They give up 18.2 completions on 32.4 attempts for a completion percentage of 56 per game. The Volunteers allow 234.1 rushing yards per contest on 45.1 carries for a 5.2 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 113th in the country. Tennessee allows 460.2 total yards per game for an average of 5.9 yards per play, which ranks 109th in D-1. They force 1.9 turnovers per contest and 6.3 penalties for 52.6 yards in each contest, ranking 69th in the nation.
Nebraska Betting Trends
Nebraska is 3-9-0 against the over/under this season
Nebraska has an ATS record of 6-4-2 this season
Tennessee Betting Trends
Tennessee is 8-4-0 against the over/under this season
Tennessee has an ATS record of 5-7-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
12/06/16 Backup QB Ryker Fyfe Wrist probable Friday vs. Tennessee U
12/06/16 QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. Hamstring probable Friday vs. Tennessee U
08/19/16 OL Corey Whitaker Knee out indefinitely
12/06/16 OT Chance Hall Knee expected to miss Friday vs. Nebraska
11/17/16 RB Jeremy Lewis Personal has left team
11/07/16 DB Evan Berry Knee out for season
10/31/16 RB Jalen Hurd Personal has left team
10/31/16 DL Shy Tuttle Undisclosed out for season
10/18/16 DL Kahlil McKenzie Pectoral out for season
10/17/16 LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin Shoulder out for season
10/14/16 WR Preston Williams Personal has left team
10/11/16 DL Danny O'Brien Dismissed has left team
09/19/16 LB Quart'e Sapp ACL out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Tennessee -3
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