|Written by Mike|
Bet on NCAAFThe 2016 Outback Bowl takes place on Friday, January, 1, and features the Northwestern Wildcats playing the Tennessee Volunteers. The game at Raymond James Stadium is scheduled to kick off at 12:00 PM ET, and will be televised on ESPN2 and ESPN3. Currently, Tennessee is a strong favorite to win.
The Wildcats are 10-2 SU and 8-4 ATS so far this season. Four of their games have gone OVER the line, with the other eight going UNDER. They are coming off of a 24-14 win over Illinois, where they won against the spread as -2 point road favorites. The total went UNDER the 42 point line set by sports betting sites in that game.
The Volunteers are 8-4 SU and 7-5 ATS overall this year. Six of their games have gone OVER the line, with the other six all going UNDER. They are coming off of a 53-28 win over Vanderbilt, where they won against the spread as -18 ½ points home favorites. The total went OVER the 41 point line set by the oddsmakers for that one.
Northwestern is 4-1 ATS in bowl games, and 4-1 ATS in non-conference play. They are 4-1 ATS overall recently, and 5-2 ATS playing at a neutral site. They are 18-8 ATS after a win spreadwise, and 9-4 ATS when playing on grass. The total has gone UNDER in 7 of their last 9 coming off of a SU win, and UNDER in 16 of their last 21 non-conference matchups. The total has gone UNDER in 5 of their last 7 after a win spreadwise, and UNDER in 20 of their last 28 against teams with a winning record. The total has gone UNDER in 21 of their last 31 overall.
Tennessee is 5-2 ATS overall recently, and 6-17-1 ATS coming off of a win spreadwise. The total has gone OVER in all 5 of their recent games at a neutral site, and UNDER in 4 of their last 5 coming off of a SU win. The total has gone UNDER in 4 of their last 5 in January, and OVER in 5 of their last 8 against teams with a winning record.
These teams last met in January 1997, when Tennessee won 48-28, and covered the spread as -9 ½ point favorites. The total went OVER the 51 ½ point line set by the sportsbook in that one.
For Friday's Outback Bowl, the gambling odds favor Tennessee by -8 ½ points. The over/under is set at 47 points. On the moneyline, the Volunteers are a -320, while the Wildcats are a +260.