Not often inclined to go against a team home for the second straight week which lost as a double digit favorite the previous week but this situation calls for it as much as any. Tennessee was embarrassed at home by the Sun Belt’s own Georgia State Panthers last Saturday which suggests an immediate situational bounce back may not be in the cards.

Event: (357) BYU at (358) TENNESSEE U
Sport/League: CFB
Date/Time: September 7, 2019 7PM EDT
Play: BYU 3.5 (-110)

UT was manhandled at the line of scrimmage getting out-rushed 213-93 (4.1 yards per carry to 3.0) and the Vols allowed four sacks while only getting two. Those types of numbers don’t figure to go away versus a more stout and physically tougher squad in BYU. Cougars were overwhelmed in the second half last Thursday by #13 Utah which used superior trench play and wore their in-state rival down. Tennessee doesn’t have those assets which will make offense somewhat easier for BYU this weekend while the Cougars defense is exponentially better than the GSU unit the Vols just lost to. Each of these teams is looking to rebound but BYU which is unintimidated by venues (is there an intimidation factor to Knoxville right now?) and looks to be the more advanced side. This statement from HC Jeremy Pruitt doesn’t offer any inspirational reason to back his Volunteers at this point…”For us, we’ve got to go back and go to work. We’ve got to go back and practice the right way, work on creating the right habits. I’ll say it again: We’re young and inexperienced, and we’ve got to continue to grow.” Underdog price is worth the look here and hook makes it even more attractive. Recommendation: BYU +3.5.


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Rob Veno has been entrenched in the sports handicapping community for 24 years and he’s been with Sportsmemo since its inception as a daily radio show in 1998. His 20* Bluechip releases have become synonymous with success and he’s carved a place for himself among the nation’s elite handicappers. Rob’s fundamental analysis of football, basketball and baseball on the college and pro levels has him regarded as one of the best in the business at breaking down games.Rob began to make an imprint on the Las Vegas scene in the mid-1990’s with his weekly football and basketball newsletter which contained game selections and analysis. Las Vegas’ Gambler’s Book Club along with sportsbooks on and off the strip carried the publication which expanded his recognition. He was subsequently invited into Las Vegas’ most prestigious handicapping contests of that time, the Stardust Invitational in 1996 and 2004 and the Sunset Station Invitational in 2000.A veteran of sports handicapping radio, Rob began in 1992 by co-hosting a weekly Friday night show at 840 AM KVEG. He went on to do numerous live shows as a guest analyst from casino sportsbooks across the Las Vegas valley working with a litany of respected hosts and the most recognized handicappers in the business. Rob finally settled in as one of the mainstays on the daily Vegas Sportswire betting show which ultimately became the famed Sportsmemo Radio Show and now Podcast. His expertise has been heard on radio stations across the country over the years as he’s done a multitude of guest analyst segments.Rob is a Connecticut native and after spending 11 years in Las Vegas from 1991-2002 he now resides outside of Philadelphia with his wife.

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