It’s two unranked schools facing off in the Gator Bowl on Thursday night as surprising Indiana of the Big Ten takes on surging Tennessee of the SEC. The Vols are slight favorites on the Mybookie NCAAF odds.
How to Bet Indiana vs Tennessee Gator Bowl Betting Lines & Game Info
- When: Thursday, 7 PM ET
- Where: TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville
- TV: ESPN
- Live Stream: WatchESPN
- Radio: SiriusXM
- Gator Bowl Betting Lines: Tennessee -1.5 (Total 52)
Indiana vs Tennessee Series HistoryTennessee leads the all-time series, 1-0, with a 27-22 win in the 1988 Peach Bowl.
Why Bet on Indiana?The Hoosiers had one of their best seasons in years at 8-4, closing with a 44-41 double-overtime win at Purdue. After throwing his third touchdown pass in the first overtime, Patrick Ramsey’s second 1-yard scoring run sent the Hoosiers home with the Old Oaken Bucket. Ramsey was 23 of 39 for 337 yards and ran 19 times for 42 yards.
It marked Ramsey’s first game with five total TDs, the first for a Hoosier since Tre Roberson’s six on Nov. 30, 2013, against Purdue, and his ninth-career game (3rd this season) with at least one passing and one rushing TD. The redshirt junior has 42 career passing touchdowns, tied with Antwaan Randle El for fourth-most in school history, and 13 career rushing scores. He is the fifth Hoosier to surpass 40 passing scores and the first since Nate Sudfeld (61, 2012-15). Indiana reached 30 points for the ninth time this season, tying the 2015 Hoosiers for the program record.
Top RankedWR Whop Philyor ranks among the Big Ten leaders in receptions (6.3 per game) and receiving yards (91 yards per game). He’s the seventh Indiana player to record 1,000 receiving yards in a season and leads the Big Ten with 489 yards after the catch. IU has won eight games for just the eighth time in program history and the first time since 1993. The Hoosiers own six eight-win (1993, 1988, 1987, 1979, 1905) and two nine-win (1967, 1945) campaigns. The Hoosiers’ fifth-conference win is tied for their third-most in program history (1993, 1991, 1988, 1979, 1945). The school record for conference wins is six (1987, 1967).
Indiana posted a winning conference record for the first time since 1993 (5-3). The Hoosiers aim for only their third nine-win season and first since 1967, when they shared the Big Ten title with Minnesota and Purdue.
The Hoosiers will be making their 12th bowl appearance, their first in the state of Florida and their third in the last five seasons. IU hasn’t won a bowl game since 1991 (Copper). The Hoosiers last squared off against an SEC foe on Sept. 20, 2014, a 31-27 victory at No. 18 Missouri, and hold a 27-21-1 mark (.561) all-time against SEC opponents.
- Points per Game: 32.58
- Passing Yards: 308.67
- Rushing Yards: 134.92
- Yards per Play: 6.08
- Points per Game: 24.50
- Passing Yards: 211.67
- Rushing Yards: 139.42
- Yards per Play: 5.38
Why Bet on Tennessee?The Vols were 1-5 at one point but won their final six games, capped by a 28-10 win over Vanderbilt on Nov. 30. It was the first time that UT closed the regular season on a five-game win streak for the first time since 2015. UT added a sixth consecutive win in 2015 with an Outback Bowl victory over Northwestern.
Freshman Eric Gray rushed for 246 yards and three touchdowns — including breakaways of 56 and 94 yards – vs. Vandy. Gray’s 246 yards were the most by a true freshman in Tennessee history, breaking the mark set by Jamal Lewis (232 yards) against Georgia in 1997. Gray became the 13th different Vol to rush for 200 or more yards in program history. Gray’s 246 yards are the most by any SEC player this season, surpassing Mississippi State’s Kylin Hill’s 232-yard game against Arkansas. Gray recorded the second-longest rushing touchdown in program history and 10th longest in SEC history on a 94-yard run with 8:36 remaining in the second quarter.
Redshirt senior Jauan Jennings recorded two receptions for 56 yards against Vanderbilt to claim sole possession of fifth-place on the all-time career receptions list (144). Entering the bowl game, Jennings has 2,126 career receiving yards, 144 receptions and 21 total touchdowns (18 receiving, 1 rushing, 2 passing.
SuspensionJennings, one of their best players and leaders, will be suspended for the first half of this game. He was suspended by the SEC after video showed him stepping on the head of a Vanderbilt player on the sideline after getting up from a tackle in Tennessee’s regular-season finale. Jennings was named the 2019 Tennessee Team MVP after finishing the regular season with 57 catches for 942 yards and scoring 9 TDs.
UT’s defense showed significant improvement during the five-game win streak, allowing only 14.2 points and 304 yards per game during the streak. In the first seven games, the Vols allowed 27 points and 360.7 yards per game.
Tennessee is in 53rd bowl all-time, which ranks tied for fourth among college football programs. UT is 28-24 all-time in bowl games. Tennessee is making its seventh appearance all-time in the Gator Bowl to tie with the Sugar Bowl for the most appearances in a bowl all-time by the Vols. UT is 4-2. The Vols have won four straight against the Big Ten – all bowl game victories against Nebraska (2016 Music City), Northwestern (2016 Outback), Iowa (2014 TaxSlayer) and Wisconsin (2007 Outback).
- Points per Game: 24.25
- Passing Yards: 220.00
- Rushing Yards: 144.83
- Yards per Play: 5.82
- Points per Game: 21.67
- Passing Yards: 191.25
- Rushing Yards: 145.83
- Yards per Play: 5.04
Indiana vs Tennessee 2019 Gator Bowl Betting Trends
- Volunteers are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games this season
- Volunteers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games played in January
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tennessee’s last 7 games
- Hoosiers are 8-4 SU in their last 12 games this season
- Hoosiers are 6-3 ATS in their last 9 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana’s last 6 games