Ball State @ Tennessee: How to Watch, Betting Odds, Key Stats

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    Tennessee is set to host Ball State to kick off the season this Thursday night in Neyland Stadium. Photo by Ric Butler/Rocky Top Insider.

    The Tennessee Volunteers are set to open the 2022 season against Ball State this Thursday night. After a 7-6 overall finish to the season last year and months of offseason work, the Vols are ready to open the season inside of a newly renovated Neyland Stadium under the lights.

    Tennessee returns to the field with higher expectations than they did last year. The Vols’ high-powered offense isn’t a late-season secret anymore, and Tennessee has added depth on both sides of the ball without losing too many key starters. The Vols have been talking all training camp about the evolution that they have implemented into their schemes, which will be on full display moving forward starting this Thursday.

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    How to Watch – Ball State @ Tennessee:

    • Date: Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022
    • Start Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
    • TV: SEC Network
    • Online Streaming: or the WatchESPN App
    • Radio (Knoxville): The Vol Network/The Vol Network App

    Betting Odds

    SportsbookPoint SpreadMoneylineTotal
    BetMGMTennessee -35.5 (-110)
    Ball State +35.5 (-110)
    Tennessee -10000
    Ball State +3300
    Over 68.5 (-110)
    Under 68.5 (-110)
    DraftKingsTennessee -35 (-110)
    Ball State +35 (-110)
    NAOver 68 (-110)
    Under 68 (-110)
    FanDuelTennessee -35.5 (-110)
    Ball State +35.5 (-110)
    Tennessee -10000
    Ball State +2400
    Over 68.5 (-105)
    Under 68.5 (-115)
    CaesarsTennessee -35.5 (-110)
    Ball State +35.5 (-110)
    NAOver 68 (-110)
    Under 68 (-110)
    • ESPN‘s Football Power Index also gives Tennessee a 95.1 percent chance to win, according to their database’s algorithm.

    Previous Matchups

    This will be the first-ever meeting between the University of Tennessee and Ball State University on the football field.

    Stat Leaders (2021 Season)


    • Passing (2021): Hendon Hooker – 206/302, 2945 yards, 31 TDs, 3 INT
    • Rushing (2021): Jabari Small – 140 carries, 792 yards, 9 TDs
    • Receiving (2021): Cedric Tillman – 64 receptions, 1081 yards, 12 TDs
      • Tennessee returns their leading rusher, receiver, and passer from the 2021 season.

    Ball State:

    • Passing (2021): John Paddock – 18/26, 132 yards, INT
      • Paddock was the backup quarterback last year to Drew Plitt, who threw for more than 2,500 yards and 18 touchdowns.
    • Rushing (2021): Carson Steele – 192 carries, 891 yards, 6 TDs
    • Receiving (2021): Jayshon Jackson – 69 receptions, 829 yards, 5 TDs
      • Ball State returns their leading rusher and receiver from the 2021 season.

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    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.