Tennessee Opens As Slight Underdogs Against Purdue

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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.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.