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Outback Bowl - Tennessee Volunteers vs. Northwestern Wildcats - 1/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northwestern Wildcats (10-2) at Tennessee Volunteers (8-4)

College Football: Friday, January 1, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Raymond James Stadium)

The Line: Tennessee Volunteers -9 -- Over/Under: 45 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Northwestern Wildcats will play the Tennessee Volunteers in the Outback Bowl.

The Tennessee Volunteers were 8-4 and finished 2nd in the SEC East Division standings. The Tennessee offense is averaging 34.3 points per game with 223.5 rushing yards per game and 199 passing yards per game. Joshua Dobbs is the Tennessee quarterback who is completing 59.9% of his passes for 2125 yards, 15 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions. Dobbs also has 623 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns for Tennessee. Jalen Hurd has 1158 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns for the Volunteers. Josh Malone has 388 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns, while Von Pearson has 377 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns for Tennessee. The Tennessee defense is giving up 21.2 points per game with 217.2 passing yards per game and 153.3 rushing yards per game. Jalen Reeves-Maybin has 99 tackles, Derek Barnett has 9 sacks, and Todd Kelly Jr. has 3 interceptions for Tennessee. Tennessee is +3 in turnover margin this season.

Outback Bowl - Tennessee Volunteers vs. Northwestern Wildcats - 1/1/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Northwestern Wildcats were 10-2 and finished 2nd in the Big Ten West Division standings. The Northwestern offense is averaging 22.5 points per game with 193.3 rushing yards per game and 139.3 passing yards per game. Clayton Thorson is the Northwestern quarterback who is completing 51.6% of his passes for 1465 yards, 7 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. Thorson also has 374 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns for Northwestern. Justin Jackson has 1344 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns for the Wildcats. Dan Vitale has 355 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns, while Austin Carr has 276 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns for Northwestern. The Northwestern defense is giving up 16.4 points per game with 192.7 passing yards per game and 117.8 rushing yards per game. Anthony Walker has 113 tackles, Deonte Gibson has 9 sacks, and Matthew Harris has 4 interceptions for Northwestern. Northwestern is +5 in turnover margin this season.

Northwestern had a very good season and ended on a 5 game winning streak. Despite their 10-win season, I was not overly impressed with the wildcats due to their very bad offense. However, the Northwestern defense is statistically one of the best in the country. With their inconsistent offense, it is tough to trust Northwestern against Tennessee. Tennessee had a decent year and also ended on a 5 game winning streak. Tennessee’s offense was much better than Northwestern’s offense, while the Tennessee defense was ranked in the top 25. I like Tennessee to take advantage of a bad Northwestern offense and for the Volunteers to pull away in this one.

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