Ball State vs Tennessee Prediction, Odds & Betting Trends for College Football Game on FanDuel Sportsbook

Ball State vs Tennessee Prediction, Odds & Betting Trends for College Football Game on FanDuel Sportsbook


Ball State vs Tennessee Week 1 Game Info

2022 NCAA College Football Game
Ball State Cardinals (0-0) vs. Tennessee Volunteers (0-0)
Date: Thursday, September 1, 2022
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Neyland Stadium — Knoxville, TN
Coverage: SEC Network

Week 1 of the 2022 NCAA college football season includes a showdown between the Ball State Cardinals and Tennessee Volunteers. Ball State finished in the middle of the MAC Standings in 2021 before it suffered a beatdown by Georgia State in the Camellia Bowl. The final score was 51-20.

Meanwhile, Tennessee couldn't keep up in a powerful SEC conference and posted a 7-6 record overall. The good news is that quarterback Hendon Hooker is back and ready to lead the offense under head coach Josh Heupel. Hooker was recently tabbed as a preseason All-SEC player.

Ball State vs Tennessee Odds & Spread

All NCAAF betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Moneyline: BALL: (+2400) | TENN: (-10000)
Spread: BALL: +35.5 (-110) | TENN: -35.5 (-110)
Total: 67.5 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

Tennessee enters this contest as the clear favorite on the moneyline and the spread. This 7 p.m. ET clash also features a total of 67.5, which is above average compared to this week's college football projected totals.

Ball State vs Tennessee Prediction & Pick

There's a reason this spread is listed at over five touchdowns in favor of the Volunteers. There's truly no comparison between the talent of the MAC versus the SEC. Tennessee scored 37.9 points per game in 2021 (No. 7 in NCAA), which ranks well above Ball State's mark of 23.5 (No. 93 in NCAA).

Tennessee isn't just daunting from an offensive perspective, either. The Volunteers allowed only 24.9 points per game at home last year. As Ball State struggles to move the ball down the field, look for Hooker to lead one scoring drive after another. Anything but a blowout win here would be shocking.

Final Score Prediction: Ball State: 14 | Tennessee: 55

Ball State vs Tennessee Betting Trends

- Ball State is 2-4 against the spread (ATS) in its last six away games.
- The total has hit the under in five of Ball State's last six games.
- Tennessee is 8-0 straight up in its last eight games against a MAC opponent.
- The total has hit the over in six of Tennessee's last seven home games.

Ball State vs Tennessee Best Bet

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When the lights are shining bright, Tennessee knows how to score the football. The Volunteers put up at least 45 points in a game seven different times in 2021. That was thanks to the efforts of players like wide receiver Cedric Tillman. Tillman is back after posting 1,081 yards and 12 touchdowns.

That alone makes targeting the over a worthwhile endeavor. It looks like an even better bet when considering the over has hit in six of Tennessee's last seven home games. All we need is for the Cardinals to score one or two touchdowns and this bet would look safe barring a late bad beat.

Bet: Over 67.5 Points (-110)

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