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College Football Betting Preview: Tennessee Volunteers vs. UTSA Roadrunners
September 23, 2023
The 1-2 UTSA Roadrunners will travel to take on the #23-ranked Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday afternoon in week 4 of the college football season.
The UTSA Roadrunners enter this game with a record of 1-2 following losses on the road against the Houston Cougars by a score of 14-17 and at home against the Army Golden Knights by a score of 29-37 while winning at home against the Texas State Bobcats by a score of 20-13 while the Tennessee Volunteers enter this game with a record of 2-1 following wins at home against the Virginia Cavaliers by a score of 49-13 and the Austin Peay Governors by a score of 30-13 while losing on the road against the Florida Gators by a score of 16-29. Will the Volunteers bounce back from their loss in week 3 with a win in a rout at home or will the Roadrunners keep the game closer than Vegas projects? Let’s take a look at how these teams have fared this season.
The UTSA Roadrunners enter this game with a record of 1-2 following a 29-37 loss at home against the Army Golden Knights while failing to cover the 7-point spread as a home favorite in week 3 of the college football season. UTSA scored 29 points while compiling 360 total yards offensively which included 239 passing yards and 121 rushing yards while allowing 37 points and 442 total yards defensively which included 188 passing yards and 254 rushing yards. Eddie Lee Marburger led the team in passing, completing 17 of 25 attempts for 239 yards and three touchdowns. Rocko Griffin led the team in rushing with seven carries for 53 yards. Joshua Cephus led the team in receiving, catching eight of nine targets for 84 yards and a touchdown.
Tennessee enters this game ranked 23
in the AP Poll and 20
in the Coaches Poll with a record of 2-1 following a 16-29 loss on the road against the Florida Gators while failing to cover the 5-point spread as a road favorite in week 3 of the college football season. The Volunteers scored 16 points while compiling 387 total yards offensively which included 287 passing yards and 100 rushing yards while allowing 29 points and 349 total yards defensively which included 166 passing yards and 183 rushing yards. Joe Milton III led the team in passing, completing 20 of 34 attempts for 287 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Jaylen Wright led the team in rushing with 16 carries for 63 yards with four receptions and 21 yards. Bru McCoy led the team in receiving, catching five of eight targets for 94 yards and a touchdown.
BookMaker has the Tennessee Volunteers listed as 20.5-point favorites at home against the UTSA Roadrunners on Saturday afternoon in week 4 of the college football season. This will be the first time in the history of these two programs that they will face each other in college football. UTSA is 0-3 ATS overall and 0-1 ATS on the road while the Tennessee Volunteers are 1-2 ATS overall, 0-1 ATS at home, and 1-2 ATS as a favorite on the year.
Tennessee is the more talented team and will be looking to bounce back following last week’s loss against the Florida Gators and will get that against an inferior opponent in week 4. I look for the Volunteers to come away with the win and to win in a rout which is why I am buying the .5 point and taking the Tennessee Volunteers -20 at home against the UTSA Roadrunners in week 4 of the college football season on BookMaker.
Spooky Express Pick: Tennessee Volunteers -20
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