2019 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl Betting Preview: Indiana Hoosiers vs. Tennessee Volunteers – Jan. 2, 2020

by Mark Daloisio | January 2, 2020 |

The 2019 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl will take place on Thursday, January 2, 2020 and will feature the Indiana Hoosiers taking on the Tennessee Volunteers.

The Gator Bowl is being played at the TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida with the kickoff scheduled to take place at 7:00 PM ET on ESPN.

BetDSI has set the point spread for this game at Tennessee Vols -1.5 and has set the total for the over/under plays at 51.5 points.

Gator Bowl History

The TaxSlayer Gator Bowl will take place for the 75th time this year and will feature teams from the BIG TEN and the SEC. The Indiana Hoosiers will be the rep for the BIG TEN and the Tennessee Volunteers will be the rep for the SEC.

The following are the previous Gator Bowl game history:

January 1, 1946 Gator Bowl #19 Wake Forest 26 South Carolina 14
January 1, 1947 Gator Bowl #14 Oklahoma 34 #18 NC State 13
January 1, 1948 Gator Bowl Georgia 20 Maryland 20
January 1, 1949 Gator Bowl #11 Clemson 24 Missouri 23
January 2, 1950 Gator Bowl #14 Maryland 20 #20 Missouri 7
January 1, 1951 Gator Bowl #12 Wyoming 20 #18 Wash & Lee 7
January 1, 1952 Gator Bowl Miami (Florida) 14 #19 Clemson 0
January 1, 1953 Gator Bowl #15 Florida 14 #12 Tulsa 13
January 1, 1954 Gator Bowl #12 Texas Tech 35 #17 Auburn 13
December 31, 1954 Gator Bowl #13 Auburn 33 #18 Baylor 13
December 31, 1955 Gator Bowl #8 Vanderbilt 25 Auburn 13
December 29, 1956 Gator Bowl #4 Georgia Tech 21 #13 Pittsburgh 14
December 28, 1957 Gator Bowl #13 Tennessee 3 #9 Texas A&M 0
December 27, 1958 Gator Bowl #11 Ole Miss 7 #14 Florida 3
January 2, 1960 Gator Bowl #9 Arkansas 14 Georgia Tech 7
December 31, 1960 Gator Bowl #18 Florida 13 #12 Baylor 12
December 30, 1961 Gator Bowl #17 Penn State 30 #13 Georgia Tech 15
December 29, 1962 Gator Bowl Florida 17 #9 Penn State 7
December 28, 1963 Gator Bowl North Carolina 35 Air Force 0
January 2, 1965 Gator Bowl Florida State 36 Oklahoma 19
December 31, 1965 Gator Bowl Georgia Tech 31 #10 Texas Tech 21
December 31, 1966 Gator Bowl Tennessee 18 Syracuse 12
December 30, 1967 Gator Bowl #10 Penn State 17 Florida State 17
December 28, 1968 Gator Bowl #16 Missouri 35 #12 Alabama 10
December 27, 1969 Gator Bowl #15 Florida 14 #11 Tennessee 13
January 2, 1971 Gator Bowl #10 Auburn 35 Ole Miss 28
December 31, 1971 Gator Bowl #6 Georgia 7 North Carolina 3
December 30, 1972 Gator Bowl #6 Auburn 24 #13 Colorado 3
December 29, 1973 Gator Bowl #11 Texas Tech 28 #20 Tennessee 19
December 30, 1974 Gator Bowl #6 Auburn 27 #11 Texas 3
December 29, 1975 Gator Bowl #17 Maryland 13 #13 Florida 0
December 27, 1976 Gator Bowl #15 Notre Dame 20 #20 Penn State 9
December 30, 1977 Gator Bowl #10 Pittsburgh 34 #11 Clemson 3
December 29, 1978 Gator Bowl #7 Clemson 17 #20 Ohio State 15
December 28, 1979 Gator Bowl North Carolina 17 #14 Michigan 15
December 29, 1980 Gator Bowl #3 Pittsburgh 37 #18 South Carolina 9
December 28, 1981 Gator Bowl #11 North Carolina 31 Arkansas 27
December 30, 1982 Gator Bowl Florida State 31 #10 West Virginia 12
December 30, 1983 Gator Bowl #11 Florida 14 #10 Iowa 6
December 28, 1984 Gator Bowl #9 Oklahoma State 21 #7 South Carolina 14
December 30, 1985 Gator Bowl #18 Florida State 34 #19 Oklahoma State 23
December 27, 1986 Gator Bowl Clemson 27 #20 Stanford 21
December 31, 1987 Gator Bowl #7 LSU 30 #9 South Carolina 13
January 1, 1989 Gator Bowl #19 Georgia 34 Michigan State 27
December 30, 1989 Gator Bowl #14 Clemson 27 #17 West Virginia 7
January 1, 1991 Gator Bowl #12 Michigan 35 #15 Ole Miss 3
December 29, 1991 Gator Bowl #20 Oklahoma 48 #19 Virginia 14
December 31, 1992 Gator Bowl #14 Florida 27 #12 NC State 10
December 31, 1993 Gator Bowl #18 Alabama 24 #12 North Carolina 10
December 30, 1994 Gator Bowl Tennessee 45 #17 Virginia Tech 23
January 1, 1996 Gator Bowl Syracuse 41 #23 Clemson 0
January 1, 1997 Gator Bowl #12 North Carolina 20 #25 West Virginia 13
January 1, 1998 Gator Bowl #7 North Carolina 42 Virginia Tech 3
January 1, 1999 Gator Bowl #12 Georgia Tech 35 #17 Notre Dame 28
January 1, 2000 Gator Bowl #23 Miami (Florida) 28 #17 Georgia Tech 13
January 1, 2001 Gator Bowl #6 Virginia Tech 41 #16 Clemson 20
January 1, 2002 Gator Bowl #24 Florida State 30 #15 Virginia Tech 17
January 1, 2003 Gator Bowl #17 NC State 28 #11 Notre Dame 6
January 1, 2004 Gator Bowl #23 Maryland 41 #20 West Virginia 7
January 1, 2005 Gator Bowl #17 Florida State 30 West Virginia 18
January 2, 2006 Gator Bowl #12 Virginia Tech 35 #15 Louisville 24
January 1, 2007 Gator Bowl #13 West Virginia 38 Georgia Tech 35
January 1, 2008 Gator Bowl Texas Tech 31 #21 Virginia 28
January 1, 2009 Gator Bowl Nebraska 26 Clemson 21
January 1, 2010 Gator Bowl Florida State 33 #18 West Virginia 21
January 1, 2011 Gator Bowl #21 Mississippi State 52 Michigan 14
January 2, 2012 Gator Bowl Florida 24 Ohio State 17
January 1, 2013 Gator Bowl #21 Northwestern 34 Mississippi State 20
January 1, 2014 Gator Bowl Nebraska 24 #22 Georgia 19
January 2, 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl Tennessee 45 Iowa 28
January 2, 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl Georgia 24 Penn State 17
December 31, 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl Georgia Tech 33 Kentucky 18
December 30, 2017 TaxSlayer Bowl Mississippi State 31 Louisville 27
December 31, 2018 TaxSlayer Bowl Texas A&M 52 NC State 13

Previous Matchups

This will be the second time that the Indiana Hoosiers and Tennessee Vols will face each other. In the first matchup, back in 1988, the Tennessee Vols won 27-22 in the Peach Bowl.

Indiana Hoosiers Preview

The Indiana Hoosiers are entering the Taxslayer Gator Bowl off a 44-41 2OT win at Purdue. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Hoosiers. The finished the regular season with a 8-4 SU and 7-5 ATS record.

Indiana finished in 4th place in the Big Ten East division with a 5-4 conference record. They were 4 games back of 1st place Ohio State, but just a game behind 3rd place Michigan.

I would say Indiana had a pretty good season. All four of their losses were against ranked teams and two of those losses were by single digits. Two of those games in the final three games of the season. They were 7-2 headed into that stretch of games.

Indiana is scoring 32.6 ppg while giving up 24.5 ppg. They were 41st in points scored per game this season and better yet in total offense coming in 31st place.

The defense played well at times but overall was just 49th in fewest points allowed per game. In total defense, they were even better coming in at number 38 in the country.

Indiana used two quarterbacks this season with Peyton Ramsey getting most of the snaps. He threw for 2,227 yards with 13 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.

QB Michael Penix Jr played well when he got the chance throwing for 1,394 yards with 10 touchdowns and 4 interceptions.

WR Whop Philyor caught 69 passes for 1,001 yards with 5 touchdowns to lead all receivers. TE Peyton Hendershot chipped in with 555 yards on 46 catches with 4 touchdowns. The passing attack was 14th best in the nation this season in passing yards.

The running game struggled ranking just 101st place in rushing yards this season. RB Stevie Scott III led all rushers with 845 yards on 178 carries with 10 touchdowns. QB Ramsey added 6 more rushing touchdowns for the Hoosiers.

The defense was really a middle of the pack defense in all phases. In addition to the 49th scoring defense, they were 45th vs the pass and 47th against the run. It is surprising without a dominating defense that they were ranked 6th in the shortest amount of time on the field this season.

PK Logan Justus was one of the better kickers in the conference making 14 of his 17 field goal attempts and 44/45 extra points. He also made his only 50+ yard field goal attempt on the year.

Tennessee Volunteers Preview

The Tennessee Volunteers are entering the Taxslayer Gator Bowl off a 28-10 win vs Vanderbilt. It was their 5th straight win to end the season. They finished the regular season with a 7-5 SU and 7-5 ATS record.

Tennessee finished in 3rd place in the tough SEC East division with 5-3 conference record two games back of division champ Georgia & just one back of 2nd place Florida.

It was looking like it was going to be a long season after the Vols started out 1-4 and 0-2 in the conference, but two of those losses were to #9 Florida & #3 Georgia.

They snapped that two-game losing streak with a win vs Mississippi St before again losing to a ranked team in #1 Alabama. They have not lost since that game reeling off 5 straight wins to end the season and earn a bowl bid on January 2nd in the Gator Bowl.

Tennessee is scoring 24.3 ppg while giving up21.7 ppg. The offense struggled especially early before playing a little better as the season went along. All told they were still just 97th in points per game scored and just 100th in total offense.

The defense is what kept them in most games. They were 29th in the nation in points allowed per game this year as well as 29th in total defense.

QB Jarrett Guarantano led the team in passing with 1,937 yards with 16 touchdowns passes and 6 interceptions. WR Jauan Jennings led the team in receiving with 57 catches for 942 yards with 8 touchdowns.

WR Marquez Callaway chipped in with 616 yards on 29 catches with 6 touchdowns. They were just 77th in passing yards in the country.

The running game was slightly better at 88th in the nation. They were led by RB Ty Chandler who had 620 yards on 123 carries with 3 touchdowns, RB’s Eric Gray (453) & Tim Jordan (424) combined for another 877 yards with 4 touchdowns for the Vols.

The running game struggled all season long. They are ranked 114th in rushing yards this season. RB Shaq Vann set the pace with 667 yards on 136 carries with 8 touchdowns for EMU. The QB was second on the team. Mike Glass III ran the ball 97 times for 245 yards with 7 touchdowns.

The defense was without a doubt the strength of this team. They were 29th in scoring defense and 54th against the run. They were best at stopping the pass coming in with a ranking of 17th in the land.

PK Brent Cimaglia was solid making all 33 extra points and 83% of his field goals going 20/24 including 6/8 from 40-49 yards and 2/2 from 50+ yards this season.

Handicapping Breakdown

This is a rather difficult bowl to handicap. Indiana is a tough bet right now. Even though they had a 8 win season, they did NOT beat a single team with a winning record. They basically beat the teams that they should and lost to those that they were suppose to.

For Tennessee, they started out 1-4 but finished strong to end up with a 7-5 record. Tennessee, unlike Indiana, faced 8 bowl teams this year and showed that they can play with the best in the country.

The one thing that really sticks out to us is the fact that even in their losses, Indiana was in every game this year. They really weren't dominated or outright blown out and kept most games close.

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