The Indiana Hoosiers (8-4) finished the 2019 season at 5-4. They finished fourth in the Big Ten East with #2 Ohio State, which went 9-0, taking first in the division. In the SEC East, the Tennessee Volunteers (7-5) posted a 5-3 conference record. That earned them a third-place finish as the Georgia Bulldogs, who were 7-1, placed first in the East.
2020 Gator Bowl Pick – Regular Season
In the 2019 season, Tennessee started out at 1-4. Of those four losses, two were to top 25 clubs. First up, #9 Florida, which easily beat the Volunteers 34-3. After that, the #3 Georgia Bulldogs rolled over the Hoosiers 43-14. Our 2020 Gator Bowl pick notes that over the rest of the season, Tennessee was 6-1. Their one loss was to #1 Alabama. The result, the Crimson Tide 35 and the Vols 13. After the loss to Bama, Tennessee won five games in a row, including their final one against Vanderbilt.
Indiana Hoosiers vs Tennessee Volunteers – Stats
Indiana is putting up 443.6 YPG, while Tennessee is averaging 364.8 YPG. Note, the Hoosiers are averaging 308.7 air YPG. Conversely, the Vols have been good for just 220.0 passing YPG. In terms of yards allowed, these teams are fairly evenly matched with Indiana allowing 350.4 YPG and Tennessee 337.1 YPG.
Indiana at Tennessee – Players
Indiana brings some solid offensive players to this game. However, on that side of the ball, the Volunteers are deeper. Also, when it comes to defense, Tennessee brings much better stats. Plus, as they are on offense, their defense is deeper.
Indiana’s defensive stats are fairly anemic. They’ve recorded 26 sacks, 35 PD, and six INTs. They’ve also forced 11 fumbles and recovered 10. The Hoosier defense has scored twice. Top performers include Allen Stallings IV with five sacks, DB Tiawan Mullen with a dozen PD and two forced and recovered fumbles, and LB Micah McFadden with 38 solo tackles and 55 total tackles.
Unlike the Hoosiers, the Vols have recorded 30 sacks, 14 INTs, and 36 PD. They’ve forced and recovered four fumbles. LB Darrell Taylor has seven sacks, while DB Nigel Warrior has recorded four picks and seven PD. Db Bryce Thompson has three INTs.
Five Keys to the Game
In creating our 2020 Gator Bowl pick, we see the following as being the keys to this contest:
- Indiana will need to score early
- Tennessee running backs are numerous and aggressive
- Hoosiers must use their pass attack effectively
- Volunteer D is tough and determined
- Can Indiana defense step up?
Our 2020 Gator Bowl Pick
Our 2020 Gator Bowl pick takes the Hoosiers. Although they aren’t as prolific when it comes to scoring, they do put a good offense on the field. Plus, the Indiana defense is hearty. Take the Hoosiers at -2.5 and the over at 55.0.