The Bowling Green Falcons go to Nashville, TN for a “neutral field” meeting with the Tennessee Volunteers. The game will kick off at 7:00 pm ET Saturday, as televised by the SEC Network. This is a matchup of the MAC against the powerful SEC.
Bowling Green vs. Tennessee (-21) - 7:00 ET SEC TV (Nashville, TN)
The Bowling Green Falcons battle the Tennessee Volunteers. Clearly, there will be a lot more Tennessee fans in attendance with the game in nearby Nashville. The matchup is intriguing as it involves the MAC going up against the powerful SEC.
Under the tutelage of 3rd year Head Coach Butch Jones, the Tennessee program is at last rising from the nadir of their discontent that was the 3 year tenure of Derek Dooley. Last year, a very young Vol team, with no OL or DL returning starters, and only10 total RS crafted a 7-6 SU, 6-6 ATS log. They improved notably on each side of the ball. This year, with 18 RS, Tennessee is expected to author further improvement. Yet, they are still a very young and inexperienced team. Though this team may indeed show marked improvement in the 2015 season, it is doubtful they put their best foot forward on opening week. They are still very unsettled in their offensive line and have suspended one of their best wide-outs in Pig Howard. Then, there is the little matter of the look ahead to their game with Oklahoma next week. Last year’s contest against the Sooners was not pretty, as the Vols dropped a 34-10 decision, being outgained 454-313. Even if they have the spread set at the college football odds board covered in the 4th quarter, that look ahead could leave the back door open for an explosive Bowling Green team.
Under 2nd year Head Coach Babers, the Falcons are expected to build on their past 2 seasons, when they have a combined 18-1 SU record. In fact, they are picked by many preseason prognosticators to win the MAC East. Should they do so, it will most likely be because of an explosive offense. Building on their Camellia Bowl victory against S. Alabama (33-28), the Falcons return all 11 offensive starters. This is fast-paced offense which Babers refers to as “basketball on grass.” In his first season at the helm, the Falcons averaged 35 PPG on 435 YPG. Expect significantly higher this season. This team will have the confidence against a Power Five school, knowing that they beat Indiana last year, from the Power Five Big 10 Conference (45-42).
The Volunteers will most assuredly get their points against a leaky Bowling Green defense. But, if the Falcons are not able to go toe to toe in the first 3 quarters, be assured they will have plenty of potential to come flying through the back door against a Vol team, whose thoughts will turn to Oklahoma next week.
College Football Pick: Take Bowling Green +22 at BetOnline