BYU vs. Tennessee Prediction
Both Tennessee and BYU suffered tough home losses in their openers last week. Which team will bounce back when they meet up on Saturday at 7PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
357 BYU vs. 358 Tennessee
Saturday, September 7, 2019
7PM ET – Neyland Stadium
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Public Betting Trends
According to the latest oddsmakers, Tennessee is favored at home, as the Volunteers are getting odds of -3.5 points against BYU. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 51.5 points. The public betting currently has 62 percent going on Tennessee as the home favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NCAAF Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
BYU beat up by Utah
BYU opened up its season at home last Thursday, suffering a 30-12 loss to in-state rival Utah. The Cougars were a 5-point underdog coming in, but couldn’t cover the spread. They also went under the 49-point total.
The Cougars were held to just 300 total yards of offense in the loss while committing three turnovers. BYU wasn’t too bad defensively, giving up just 368 yards to Utah. The Utes had two defensive touchdowns, so the score didn’t indicate how well BYU’s defense did. Quarterback Zach Wilson threw for 208 yards on 21 of 33 passing while also rushing for 43 yards. He also had two pick sixes. Ty’Son Williams led the ground attack with 45 yards on seven carries.
Tennessee suffers big upset
The Tennessee Volunteers had arguably the most notable loss of Week 1, as they suffered a 38-30 loss at home to Georgia State. The Vols were a 24.5-point favorite coming into the game and went over the 58-point total.
The Vols put up 404 yards in the loss to Georgia State, but they committed three turnovers. Defensively, Tennessee gave up 352 yards to Georgia State, including 213 rushing yards. Quarterback Jarrett Guarantano had 311 passing yards with two touchdowns. The Tennessee offense could only produce 93 rushing yards on 31 carries. Ty Chandler led the way with 48 yards on six carries. Jauan Jennings was the elading receiver with seven catches for 108 yards and a touchdown.
College Football Betting Trends
The Cougars are 8-1 against the spread in their last nine road games and 11-5 in their last 16 non-conference games.
The Vols are just 3-13 ATS in their last 16 home games and 0-5 ATS in their last five against a team with a losing record.
Tennessee had a bad loss and the Vols couldn’t control the line of scrimmage. If they couldn’t do that against Georgia State, that is a big concern against a team like BYU. The Cougars are a physical team that look to stop the run and pound the ball on offense. The Cougars matched up with Utah, just had the offense commit a few major mistakes. If BYU avoids those mistakes on Saturday, I think they take this road game. Tennessee is lacking if effort and talent. Look for BYU to punch them in the mouth right away and the Vols not be able to respond accordingly.
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