ABC has the television coverage for this Volunteers vs. Hawkeyes matchup. Kickoff takes place at 1:00 on Monday, January 1st. This week 1 CFB showdown is being played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando FL. In this non-conference matchup, the Volunteers are listed as 7.5 point favorites to come out on top. Should you place your bet on them to cover the spread, or is there a better option with the Hawkeyes? Read on to find out.

IOWA HAWKEYES VS TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Tennessee Volunteers -7.5

This game will be played at Camping World Stadium at 1:00 ET on Monday, January 1st.

WHY BET THE TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 23-15 in favor of Tennessee.
  • Not only will Tennessee pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -7.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 35.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 38 points.

Are Iowa Ready for a Road Win?

With a 10-3 record, the Iowa Hawkeyes take on Tennessee. Their road record so far is (4-1) and at home (6-2).

Iowa has gone into nine games as the favorite this season and four games as the underdog. Their ATS record is currently 6-6-1.

This season, Iowa has posted an over/under record of 2-11 through 13 games. On average their games have combined for 29.8 points.

Iowa's offense has put up an average of 16.6 points per game, placing them 97th in the NCAA rankings. Through the air, they've gained 123.2 passing yards on average, ranking 128th in the nation. On the ground, they're holding the 97th position in rushing yards, with 442 rushing attempts per game this season.

The Hawkeyes' defense has given up 106.1 rushing yards per game this season, which is 192nd. Opponents are recording an average of 172.2 passing yards, and opposing quarterbacks come in with a passer rating of 68.2 when playing against Iowa. In terms of points allowed, they currently sit 103rd in NCAA rankings.

Will the Volunteers Find a Way to Win at Home?

The Tennessee Volunteers take on the Iowa with a 8-4 record, including 2-3 on the road and 5-1 at home.

Heading into this week's matchup with Iowa, the Volunteers have been favored in nine games and the underdog in two. Their ATS mark coming into the game is 6-5.

So far in this season, Tennessee has posted an over/under record of 6-5. On average, their matchups have yielded a combined score of 53.5 points, with the typical over/under line set at 55.7 points.

Tennessee's offense has put up an average of 31.5 points per game, placing them 40th in the NCAA rankings. Through the air, they've gained 251 passing yards on average, ranking 49th in the nation. On the ground, they're holding the 14th position in rushing yards, with 434 rushing attempts per game this season.

The Volunteers defense heads into this week's matchup with 36 sacks and sitting 1st in QB hurries. So far, they've allowed 22 points per game (78th). In the pass defense department, they're 109th nationally, giving up 234.9 passing yards per game. Additionally, when it comes to defending the run, Tennessee's defense is allowing 114.4 rushing yards per contest.