View Betting Line For Tennessee Season Opener Against Ball State

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    Tennessee is under a week from kicking off its 2022 football season against Ball State inside Neyland Stadium. The Vols are looking to start Josh Heupel’s second season strong and avoid a disaster loss like Jeremy Pruitt had to start his second season.

    Las Vegas doesn’t foresee Tennessee having any trouble. The Vols are 33.5-point favorites over the Cardinals according to Caesar’s Sports Book. The over/under is 68.0.

    Tennessee was bad against the spread in Josh Heupel’s first season as head coach, posting a 4-8 record and 3-5 SEC record.

    As much as Tennessee struggled against the spread, Ball State was even worse in 2021. The Cardinals were 4-9 against the spread in their 6-7 season.

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    The Vols return an abundance of talent from its 7-6 (4-4 SEC) team a season ago including 15 total starters. Chief among them is starting quarterback Hendon Hooker who enters the season as a dark horse Heisman Candidate.

    Expectations are elevated in Heupel’s second season thanks to Hooker’s return and the Vols’ overachieving 2021 season. The Las Vegas over/under win total for Tennessee is 7.5 with betters getting better odds on the under.

    After starting the 2021 season 1-3, Ball State squeaked into a bowl game at 6-6 before falling to Georgia State.

    Tennessee kicks off its 2022 season on Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. ET. The SEC Network will broadcast the game.

    Ryan Schumpert is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. Ryan spent three years with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program before joining RTI. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.