Ball State Cardinals vs Tennessee Volunteers 9-1-22

Ball State Cardinals vs Tennessee Volunteers 9/1/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Ball State Cardinals vs Tennessee Volunteers 9/1/2022 Picks Predictions Previews


The Ball State Cardinals (MAC-West) will visit Neyland Stadium in Knoxville to face off with Tennessee (SEC-East) on Thursday evening.


The Cardinals were 6-7 overall while splitting their eight Mid-American Conference contests and were shut down by Georgia State in the TaxAct Camelia Bowl last season.


The Ball State’s offensive line features a one-two punch combination in running backs Carson Steele and Will Jones to back-up QB Drew Pitt (2,541 passing yards) on the offense.


The Cardinals will be missing their top eight tacklers after graduation who built up a defense that allowed 26.5 points per outing.


Defensive lineman Tavion Woodward enhanced Ball State’s defense with a team-high 5 sacks for 23 yards while Linebacker Jaylin Thomas reinforced the backfield with 4 interceptions and defended 3 passes.


The Cardinals passed for a total of 2,699 yards while running for 1,685 rushing yards with 2,699 receiving yards last season.


  • Ball State is 1-5 ATS and 2-4 SU in its last 6 matches.
  • The Cardinals are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 contests on the road.
  • Ball State is 0-7 SU in its last 7 outings versus an opponent in the SEC.

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Ball State Cardinals vs Tennessee Volunteers Predictions 9/1/2022


The Tennessee Volunteers did not make it to the top 25 teams in coming to this 2022 campaign but with enough firepower in their arsenal, the team will make significant noise in the league with their second-year head coach Josh Heupel.


Senior quarterback Hendon Hooker will be returning to the field after passing for 2,945 yards with a total of 31 touchdowns but intercepted on 3 occasions.


Wide receiver Cedric Tillman will be providing Hooker with a wide passing range after posting 1,081 receiving yards for the Volunteers’ offense that averages 39.3 points per contest.


Tennessee will highlight their solid defensive wall that broke a school record with a total of 102 tackles for loss last season. However, the Volunteers must enhance their secondary after dropping to the last spot in SEC pass defense.


Tennessee has a total of 3,342 passing yards while rushing for 2,832 yards and landing 30 touchdowns. The Volunteers marked 243 catches with 33 touchdowns completed.


  • Tennessee is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 outings.
  • The totals went OVER in 6 of the Volunteers’ last 7 games at home.
  • Tennessee is 8-0 SU in their last 8 contests versus a rival from MAC.       

Ball State Cardinals vs. Tennessee Volunteers. The MLB Pick for this contest is Tennessee -35.5. The Volunteers defeated a MAC member Bowling Green with a 32-point margin at home in the last season opener.


Tennessee will be stepping on the pedal and QB Hendon Hooker will be boosting the offense for the Volunteers while earning his right in the Heisman Trophy. The Tennessee Volunteers will win predicted at 51-17.   


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Ball State Cardinals vs Tennessee Volunteers 9/1/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAF Starting Time: 7:00 PM ET


Location: Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN   


Date: Thursday, September 1, 2022        


TV: SEC Network


NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: Tennessee Volunteers -35.5             


NCAAF Totals: 68.5  


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