Are you guys ready for our Bowling Green vs Tennessee pick and preview? Let’s kick it off with a few interesting facts!

  • New Coach in Tennessee
  • Bowling Green Trying to Break Eight Game Skid
  • Romp Waiting to Happen

Tennessee parted ways with head coach Jeremy Pruitt and athletic director Phil Fulmer and brought in replacements from UCF in coach Josh Heupel and his boss Danny White. The Volunteers couldn’t have picked a better opponent to try to convince their faithful that they’ve finally figured this out.

Bowling Green hasn’t won a game or scored more than 24 points since November 2, 2019, and they bring back only three players from the 0-5 team that was outscored 57 – 125 in 2020 and 192 – 463 in 2019. Tennessee had great expectations entering 2020, but a six-game slide following two opening victories led to dissatisfaction with Pruitt, and eventually recruiting violations came to light, spelling doom for him and Fulmer.

Bowling Green vs Tennessee Matchup at a Glance

Bowling Green Preview: It Can’t Get Much Worse

Scot Loeffler was a marginally successful longtime assistant coach who took over Bowling Green as the head coach in 2019 and has a total record of 3 – 14. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that someone who couldn’t manage offensive coordinator positions would have difficulty when he became the head coach at a program in serious need of an overhaul.

He insists that the team has added talent and the Falcons are on the upswing, but an opening game against a team desperate for a turnaround that added a serious head coach probably won’t tell us much about the progress Loeffler has actually made with the program. If Bowling Green somehow finds a way to score some points, they have a chance to cover the spread in Knoxville.

Tennessee Preview: It Wasn’t that Long Ago They Were 8 – 5

Pruitt led the Vols to an 8 – 5 record in 2019 with a Gator Bowl win over Indiana, but most of the players responsible for that successful season are gone and the offense was terrible in 2020.

Heupel was able to attract quarterback Hendon Hooker to transfer from Virginia Tech, and the experienced senior who threw for 1339 yards and ran for another 620 for the Hokies will be a good player for him to begin to build around, even if he’ll only be on the roster for one season.

Tennessee has talent and it remains to be seen if Heupel can leverage it enough in his first season to have instant success against a tough schedule, which includes Alabama from the SEC West and Pittsburgh in a non-conference matchup.

Odds and Free Betting Analysis for This College Football Game

The Volunteers are 35 point favorites and the over/under is 61 points. The odds for either team against the spread are -110, with the over-paying out at -115 and the under at -105. It’s the first game of the season, so the only thing to go on is 2020, and neither team had much success last year.

Bowling Green vs Tennessee Pick

  • KnupSports Free Betting Pick: It’s hard to believe that Tennessee will come out sharp enough to cover the spread and for both teams to combine for 61 points.
  • Take Bowling Green to cover and bet the under, although Tennessee will win easily.
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Kevin Krest is the author of the PK Frazier series of four novels and the Beyond the Commentary blog with over 500 posts about the world of sports. Kevin covers golf, football and horse racing for and holds media credentials from the USGA, PGA, LPGA and Oaklawn Park.
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