Back Tennessee In 'Home' Music City Bowl Vs. Nebraska

Alabama vs Tennessee

Swinging Johnson

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 2:53 PM UTC

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 2:53 PM UTC

Nashville is the home of the Music City Bowl, and the teams featured in the Dec. 30 game this year are the Nebraska Cornhuskers and No. 21 Tennessee Volunteers. Let's review the college football odds and back the sharp side here.

Nebraska Vs. Tennessee

The Cornhuskers (9-3 SU, 6-4-2 ATS) ended their regular season in spectacularly disappointing fashion as they dropped a 40-10 decision to the Iowa Hawkeyes. The college football odds makers believed that contest would be a whole lot closer as they installed the Huskers as 3-point road dogs, but it was not to be as Iowa assailed their Big Ten rivals on the ground, piling up over 260 yards rushing and a total of six trips into the end zone.

After starting the season 7-0 and rising to one Top 10 teams in the polls, the Cornhuskers spiraled downward and out of their lofty national ranking. Nebraska's three defeats took place over the course of their last five regular-season games. The low point came in an embarrassing 62-3 blowout to mighty Ohio State at Ohio Stadium. Wedged in between that humiliating loss and the defeat to Iowa were a pair of home victories over Maryland and Minnesota.

The Volunteers (8-4 SU, 5-7 ATS) closed the season by disappointing all those who backed them in their college football picks as 7½-point road favorites at Vanderbilt. The Commodores proved too much for the Vols and stunned Tennessee 45-34 to punctuate their regular-season campaign. The Volunteers had been riding a three-game win streak but couldn't sustain their momentum headed into bowl season.

There's something to be said for playing in the bruising SEC, and the Volunteers are looking for redemption after falling flat to Vandy. Of course the same can be said of Nebraska after their drilling at the hands of Iowa, but I don't see the Huskers' defense standing up to the soaring aerial attack of Vols QB Joshua Dobbs. The senior was nothing short of brilliant in the loss to Vanderbilt, connecting on 31 of 34 attempts for 340 passing yards and two touchdown strikes. Nebraska's defense has been melting in the late stages of its games, and that's exactly when Tennessee goes to work.

Tennessee has won two consecutive bowl games under head coach Butch Jones. The Volunteers also have a home-field advantage feel as they will be playing in their home state, and they are 5-1 ATS over the last three seasons when playing on two weeks or more rest.

NCAAF Free Pick: Tennessee -3Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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