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Tennessee opened as 2.5-point underdogs for its bowl game matchup against Purdue, according to CircaSports. However, the line has already moved heavily in Tennessee’s direction as the Vols are now 2.5-point favorites over the Boilermakers according to Caesar Sports.
The over/under is 60.0.
Purdue’s fifth season under head coach Jeff Brohm’s guidance has been the program’s best since 2003. The Boilermakers went 8-4 (6-3 Big 10) with wins over top five opponents Iowa and Michigan State.
Purdue went 7-5 against the spread this season including a 5-4 showing in Big 10 games.
Tennessee enters the matchup coming off its best regular season since 2019, posting a 7-5 (4-4 SEC) record in Josh Heupel’s first season.
Four of the Vols’ five losses came against teams either in the CFB Playoff or a New Years Six bowl. The other was one 6-6 Florida’s two SEC wins this season.
“We are excited about finishing this first season in our home state in the TransPerfect Music City Bowl,” Heupel said. “It’s a great opportunity for us to put the finishing touches on the positive momentum we have created over our first 11 months. I am especially thrilled for our seniors, who get one more chance to compete. Purdue is an outstanding and well-coached team. I look forward to seeing all of Vol Nation in Nashville, and I know our team has appreciated your support the entire season.”
Heupel’s first team in Knoxville went 5-7 against the spread this season and 3-5 in SEC games.
Tennessee and Purdue will kick off at Nissan Stadium at 3 p.m. ET on Dec. 30. ESPN will broadcast the game.