Music City Bowl Update – Line On Vols Climbing

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Saturday, December 24, 2016 2:11 PM GMT

The college football odds are climbing on Tennessee and below we discuss whether or not the Vols are worthy of all that action pouring in their way.

Breaking News

The news is not good for Nebraska as two-year captain and all-conference senior safety Nate Gerry has been ruled ineligible to play in the Music City Bowl as rumors swirl that poor grades have precluded him from participating. Gerry finishes his collegiate football career with 273 tackles, which puts him in the top ten in school history. In addition, junior defensive back Boaz Joseph has also been ruled out due to similar circumstances.

As if that wasn't bad enough, the status of Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong grows more ominous by the day if you happen to be a Cornhuskers' fan. A hamstring injury continues to plague the starting QB and head coach Mike Riley is prepping backup, and fifth-year senior, Ryker Fyfe to take the reins of the offense. Zack Darlington, a sophomore wide receiver will be Fife's backup if Armstrong doesn't suit up.

Early Bird Gets the Worm

On December 14th I wrote a column, that you can see here, on this matchup in which I advised that you include the Tennessee Volunteers in your college football picks. At that time, I felt the line was soft and heartily supported the Vols -3 at 5Dimes. However, the market has changed and as of this December 23rd writing, 5Dimes is dealing Tennessee at -4 ½ with some books offering college football odds of -5 on the rising favorite. The increasing probability of Nebraska's starting quarterback Tommy Armstrong sitting this one out and the breaking news of the team's star safety ruled ineligible, have moved the needle on this line.

But the questions is, are the Volunteers worth betting at north of a field goal against the Nebraska Cornhuskers? Or has this line shift flipped the script to the point where Nebraska now becomes the play? Or maybe, those who plucked the Vols at -3 can now use Nebraska in a two-team teaser, getting the Huskers at +11 and then using a team in a later bowl game as the second leg of this teaser. A little arbitrage never hurt anyone, particularly when one has an eight-point middle (Tennessee -3 and Nebraska +11).

Though we would certainly rather lay three than five, we will stick to our guns and advocate on behalf of a strong play on Tennessee in this one.

Free NCAAF Pick: Tennessee -4 (-115)

Best Line Offered: at BetDSI

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