Iowa vs. Tennessee TaxSlayer Bowl Pick – January 2nd

How can you not get jacked up for the bowl games today? After an exciting day of college football yesterday featuring an epic upset of Ohio State over Alabama, how can you not get exciting for Iowa vs. Tennessee? I am clearly kidding around, but the money we win isn’t aware if we won it off a huge marquee game or a pissing contest. Betting on the TaxSlayer Bowl is a step above betting on a pissing contest. Anyways, how about those games yesterday? Not only did they provide edge of your seat excitement, we also went 2-0 with our picks. The Auburn/Wisconsin OVER barely made it there, but it cashed all the same. The Oregon Ducks made sure that we were going to win our Rose Bowl pick, as they steamrolled the defending National Champion Florida State Seminoles by a score of 59-20. The OVER 71 easily came in given that score. Even if you got the closing total of 74 you were still counting the money.

The Iowa Hawkeyes made it to the postseason by getting to 7-5 on the year. They lost their final two games, but played a couple of good teams tough. There have been moments where the Hawkeyes look like a really good team, and others they look like a bottom-feeder of the Big 10 Conference. Conversely, the same could be said for the Tennessee Volunteers. The Volunteers come into the TaxSlayer Bowl with a record of 6-6. They had to win their last game against Vanderbilt to make it to a bowl game. As a result of that victory their award is a meeting with the Hawkeyes today. We saw yesterday how easily the Big 10 rolled over the SEC. For the amount of criticism the Big 10 receives they are doing quite well in bowl games this year. Note that this will be my last pick of the college football bowl season. I come into this final game with a record of 7-3. Let’s end it on a high note. If you want to follow me on twitter feel free, http://twitter.com/kylesportsgeek. As always, my NHL picks will be here on the blog.

Iowa vs. Tennessee Spread and Betting Odds:

Spread:
Iowa +3.5(-110)
@Tennessee -3.5(-110)

Game Total:
Over 52(-110)
Under 52(-110)

Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv

Iowa vs. Tennessee Pick:

Tennessee comes into seasons with bigger plans than playing in the TaxSlayer Bowls of the world, but down there it isn’t the easiest to recruit against the other big schools. I think it will be quite some time before they become a national contender once again. The problem with the Volunteers comes down to their inept offense. Likewise, they have major problems at the offensive line position. Their offense is 76th in the nation, scoring 27.5 points per game. They have virtually no ground attack, as Tennessee produced only 135 rushing yards per game, which puts them at 103rd in college football. The passing offense hasn’t been much better, but better than their ground game, as they are 66th in the country passing the football.

Tennessee shouldn’t be able to find any running lanes in the TaxSlayer Bowl. But they may have to stick to the run in this game because the Iowa Hawkeyes are one of the best teams in defending the pass. The Hawkeyes are 6th in pass completions and 8th in yards allowed through the air passing. The Volunteers do not have a good enough offense to capitalize against the Iowa defense in this game. Running the ball, and especially in the passing game. Tennessee is almost last in sacks allowed. They’re giving up an average of 3.5 sacks per game, which is 121st. Getting points in this game with Iowa looks like a bargain. I am taking Iowa +3.5 with a lean to the UNDER.

PICK: IOWA +3.5 (-110)

Kyle E / Author

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