Bowling Green Falcons vs Tennessee Volunteers Prediction, 9/2/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Bowling Green Falcons vs Tennessee Volunteers
Date: Thursday, September 2, 2021
Location: Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN
Odds/Point Spread: Volunteers (-33.5)
Neyland Stadium is where the Tennessee Volunteers (3-7 last year) will attempt to defeat the Bowling Green Falcons (0-5 last season) on Thursday. Bowling Green opens as 33.5-point dogs. The over/under is set at 57.5.
The Bowling Green Falcons wrapped up their year having earned a 0-5 record. In their last contest, the Falcons played against the Akron Zips and took a loss by a score of 31-3. Terion Stewart was the rushing leader for the Falcons with 14 carries for 91 yds (6.5 yds per carry). Matt McDonald went 14/26 with 135 yds passing. He had a QB rating of 97.5 and walked away from the game with no picks. Against the run, the Falcons conceded 195 yards on 39 tries, which is an average of 5.0 yards per rush allowed. Bowling Green gave up 9 pass completions on 17 attempts for a total of 87 yards, and a completion rate of 52.9%. In all, they ran 65 plays which totaled 295 yards. The Bowling Green Falcons ran the ball a total of 38 times and recorded 160 yards, which earned them an average of 4.2 yards per attempt.
The Falcons racked up 1,632 total yards for the prior season. They gave the ball to the opposition 11 different times. Bowling Green earned 1 touchdown and 5 touchdowns via the ground. Bowling Green had 78 1st downs as a unit, and they were called for 30 penalties for 216 yds. As a team they maintained an average of 184.0 yds via the ground game, ranking them 47th in the country. When it comes to scoring, the Bowling Green Falcons averaged 11.4 PPG.
Regarding passing yards, the Falcons conceded 828 yds which put them in 18th in the nation. In their 5 games played, they yielded 165.6 yards per contest through the air in addition to surrendering a completion percentage of 64.9%. They gave up 475.8 yards per outing which ranked them 131st in the country. They yielded 12 passing touchdowns as well as 16 touchdowns on the ground. The opposition ran for 6.3 yards per running attempt and 310.2 rushing yards per game last year. For the season, they conceded 1,551 yards via the running game in 5 contests. The Falcons ranked 141st in college football when it comes to team defense, giving up 45.0 points per game.
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The Volunteers ended the year having earned a 3-7 record. The last time they took the gridiron, the Volunteers took a loss by a score of 34-13 against the Texas A&M Aggies. Ty Chandler ran the ball 7 times for 31 yards, finishing the contest with 4.4 yards per carry for Tennessee. JT Shrout (1 TD) walked away from the game with 104 yards on 6/14 passing while his quarterback rating was 114.5. He tossed 1 interception and his average yards per pass attempt was 7.4. Tennessee allowed 47 rush attempts for 216 yards (4.6 yards per carry). The Volunteers secondary conceded a completion rate of 81.3%, surrendering 281 yds on 26 out of 32 through the air. The Volunteers finished the game with 213 yds and they ran 37 plays (5.8 yards per play). Tennessee ended up running for 1.4 yds per carry, finishing with 24 yards on 17 attempts.
Regarding their ability to score points, the Volunteers ranked 109th in the country by scoring 21.5 points per contest. For the previous year, the Volunteers threw for 2,047 passing yards as well as averaging 204.7 throwing yards per game, ranking them 87th in D-1. They averaged 141.5 rushing yards per game and ran for 1,415 yards in total. The Tennessee Volunteers averaged 346.2 yards/outing which had them sitting 103rd in the country. The Tennessee offense racked up 502 yds of penalties on 61 infractions, which was 44th in Division 1 in terms of hurting your team. They threw 9 picks while allowing opponents to recover 6 fumbles and they recorded 202 first downs.
The Volunteers conceded 30.1 points per contest, which had them sitting 82nd in the country. Over the course of the season, they gave up 301 total points. Tennessee allowed a total of 1,416 rushing yards (141.6 yards per game) as well as 15 touchdowns by way of the ground game over the course of last year. They gave up 15 touchdowns through the air and 265.8 yards per contest, ranking them 123rd in D-1. The Volunteers defense took the field for 699 plays, which had them ranked 97th in the country. Their defense tallied 5 fumbles and 5 picks in the previous season.
Who will win tonight's Falcons/Volunteers college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Falcons +33.5
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