Free NCAA Football Prediction: Volunteers vs. Boilermakers Odds
Looking for Tennessee Volunteers vs. Purdue Boilermakers free picks? College football betting sees the Volunteers taking on the Boilermakers on Saturday, December 30th, 2021 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football games Music City Bowl predictions like this Tennessee-Purdue free pick.
College Football Handicapping Analysis: Music City Bowl
Tennessee Volunteers (7-5) vs. Purdue Boilermakers (8-4)
Date: Saturday, December 30th, 2021
Time: 3:30 PM EST
Venue: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, TN
NCAA Football ATS Spread Odds: Tennessee -4.5 / Purdue +4.5 (Bet Now!)
NCAA Football Moneyline Odds: Tennessee -115 / Purdue -105
NCAA Betting Total Odds: O/U 63
The Tennessee Volunteers will stay in state and make a short trip to Nashville to face off with the Purdue Boilermakers in the Music City Bowl.
Tennessee will look to capture their fifth straight bowl game victory. They won the Music City Bowl in 2016 by a score of 38-24 over the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Purdue is looking for their first bowl win since 2017. The Boilermakers played in the Music City Bowl in 2018 and was routed 63-16 by the Auburn Tigers.
Tennessee had a solid turnaround in Josh Heupel’s first season on Rocky Top. The Volunteers improved from 3-7 to 7-5 and finished third in the SEC East with an even 4-4 record.
Heupel totally revitalized the Volunteers offense and made them one of the most explosive in the country. Virginia Tech transfer Hendon Hooker took over the Quarterback starting spot in week 2 and never relinquished the position.
Tennessee averaged 459 yards a game which was fourth best in the conference. The unit scored 38.8 points per game which was third best in the SEC, only behind playoff teams Alabama and Georgia.
Hendon Hooker recently announced his plans to return to Tennessee to for another year. The 6-foot-4, 218-pound senior completed 180-of-261 passes for 2,567 yards, 26 touchdowns and 3 interceptions during the 2021 season. He also added 561 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns.
Purdue had one of their best seasons in recent years and finished 8-4. The Boilermakers finished right behind the 7-2 Iowa Hawkeyes in the B10 West standings and tied with Minnesota and Wisconsin at 6-3 in conference.
Purdue most notably secured a pair of huge upsets in the middle of the season. They shutdown then #2 Iowa on the road 24-7 and followed up with a 40-29 win at home over #5 MIchigan State just three weeks later. They have an FBS record 17 wins by an unranked team over a top 5 team.
The Boilermakers passing game was atop the B10 Conference with an average of 340.5 yards per game, only behind the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Senior Quarterback Aidan O’Connell took a huge leap and finished 289/393 passing (73.5%) for 3,179 yards with 23 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. He had the third best QBR in the country with a score of 86.9. O’Connell has yet to announce weather he will return to Purdue for another year.
Star Wide Receiver David Bell was named B10 receiver of the year and led the B10 in receptions (93) and receiving yards (1,286). The Junior wideout announced last week he planed to forgo the bowl game and prepare for the NFL Draft which is a huge loss for the Boilermakers.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Tennessee is 5-7 ATS this season
- Tennessee OVERS are 9-3 this season
- Tennessee OVERS have it in 7 of the last 8 games
- Purdue is 7-5 ATS this season
- Purdue UNDERS are 8-4 this season
4* Free Music City Bowl NCAA Betting Pick:
Its unfortunate the trend of top talent no longer playing in bowl games continues as both teams will be without some of their best players in this matchup.
Both of these teams finished their seasons strong to clinch a bowl game appearance for the first time in years. Tennessee has won their last four bowl games but haven’t won since 2017. Purdue’s last bowl appearance was the Music City Bowl in 2018 but were routed 63-16.
The Volunteers and Boilermakers both have elite passing games but David Bell isn’t playing for Purdue which is a huge loss as the teams primary playmaker. Tennessee doesn’t have any of their playmakers forgoing the ball game which lends the advantage in their favor.
Having the location edge is in Tennessee’s favor as well as their fan base travels great and they won’t have to leave the state. The home-field advantage should play a factor as the Volunteers have done well in Music City Bowl’s in the past.
Take Tennessee to win and cover this spread easy.
4* Free Music City Bowl NCAA Betting Pick: Tennessee -4.5 & UNDER
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