The Airforce Reserve Celebration Bowl is part of the American Football Conference’s bowl season. The game pits the Reserve Network’s most talented players against other military personnel and alumni. The game was created to honor the men and women in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Since the inaugural edition of the game in 2016, the average attendance has been about 11,500 per game. The matchup for the 2020 edition of the game is Tennessee Volunteers (5-4) against Ohio State Buckeyes (6-3). Check out who the line favorites are for this year’s game below.
Which Team Is In The Most Promising Form?
While the Buckeyes have been one of the most consistent teams in the country this season, the Volunteers have shown some flashes of brilliance this season. The Volunteers defeated Vanderbilt Commodores and Kentucky Wildcats in the months of September and October. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 season opener between Tennessee and Oregon was scrapped. However, fans can still catch sight of some familiar playing styles when they tune into the remaining televised games.
Will The Volunteers Be Able To Close The Gap With The Buckeyes?
After a slow start to the season, the Vols have reeled off four consecutive victories. The Volunteers’ surge has put them in a three-way tie for first place in the SEC East, and they’re the only undefeated team in the conference. While they may be the class of the SEC, the Buckeyes have a win against the spread (ATS) percentage of just 53% compared to the Vols’ 65%. The over/under (O/U) for this game has been set at 7.5 points.
What Will The Weather Be Like In Knoxville?
It’s always a pleasant surprise when a November game is played in a sweltering heat. The weather in Knoxville rarely cooperates with football, as the fans are often left squirming in their seats due to the unseasonably warm temperatures. While in most parts of the country, the air is becoming crisp and clean, the highlands of Tennessee continue hauling in humidity to create the perfect environment for an outdoor football game.
Who Is Most Likely To Win This Game?
The line for this game has mostly favored the home team, with the spread (ATS) betting 1.5 points in Knoxville’s favor. While the Vols have a 65% chance of winning the game according to the latest odds, the Buckeyes’ win expectancy is just 57%. According to Sports Illustrated, the Vols have one of the most stacked rosters in the country, boasting a potential winning streak of 14 games that could send them to the NFL. With the exception of a 43-point explosion against Missouri, the Vols had mostly quieted the critics who doubted their offensive prowess. However, the Buckeyes are veterans of the bowl scene and know how to close out a game when they need to. Since day one, Urban Meyer has brought toughness and a physical brand of football to the program. When the bell rings on the final play, the last thing the Buckeyes want to do is look up and see the smiling face of a man in a Vols’ jersey.
What Is The Record For The Most Consecutive Wins By One Team?
There have been a number of one-loss teams that found a way to win their next game, including Utah, Miami, and Michigan. However, four consecutive victories is a record that will likely never be matched. After defeating Kentucky 40-27 in the SEC Championship last month, the undefeated Volunteers will look to improve on their winning streak when they welcome the Ohio State Buckeyes to Neyland Stadium on Saturday. The last time the two teams met, the Vols dismantled the previously undefeated Buckeyes, winning 45-7. However, the 2019 matchup was marred by the presence of a racist gesture that came from Kentucky player James Franklin. While he was not penalized for the gesture, Franklin was handed an academic suspension for the remainder of the season.