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Outback Bowl

Two schools riding five-game winning streaks will square off on New Yearís Day when the Northwestern Wildcats take on the Tennessee Volunteers in the Outback Bowl. Northwestern is making its first postseason appearance since 2012 and could post its first 11-win campaign in school history while Tennessee routed another Big Ten team in the TaxSlayer Bowl last year, routing the Iowa Hawkeyes 45-28 as three-point favorites.

Kickoff: Friday, January 1 @ 12:00pm ET
Location: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Additional Read: Northwestern vs Tennessee Betting

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NorthwesternBig Ten10-28-44-8

Outback Bowl Matchup

Ironically, the Wildcats finished second in the Big Tenís West Division this year behind the Hawkeyes, losing to them and the Michigan Wolverines in consecutive weeks following a 5-0 start in which they also went 4-1 against the spread. They went 6-2 in conference play and may have had their biggest win in their season opener, upsetting the Stanford Cardinal 16-6 as 10-point home underdogs back on September 5.

The Volunteers finished strong following a disappointing 3-4 start, including a tough 28-27 road loss to the Florida Gators in their SEC opener. They led the Gators 27-14 until less than five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, as Florida quarterback Will Grier threw two late touchdowns to pull off the victory.

Tennessee was a one-point favorite on the betting odds in that game and then lost 24-20 the next week to the Arkansas Razorbacks as six-point home chalk before going 6-1 straight up and 5-2 ATS to wrap up the season.

The defenses figure to be the story in this Outback Bowl matchup, with Northwestern allowing 14 points or less in its last three games, all of which finished UNDER the total. The UNDER was also 5-0 in the first five games for the Wildcats, who surrendered more than 35 points in their two losses with both of those going OVER. During their winning streak, the Vols have given up an average of 16 points while scoring 35 per game.

Outback Bowl Betting Trends
  • The underdog has covered in the last four Outback Bowls.
  • Tennessee is 5-2 ATS in its last seven games.
  • The total has gone under in four of Tennessee's last five games against the Big 10.
  • Tennessee is 3-1 SU and ATS in its last four games in January.
  • Northwestern is 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in its last five games.
  • The total has gone under in eight of Northwestern's last 10 games after consecutive wins.
  • Northwestern is 1-4 SU in its last five games in January.

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Outback Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1995Outback BowlPenn State43Auburn14+3PENNSTPENNST
1996Outback BowlAlabama17Michigan14+1ALABALAB
1997Outback BowlWisconsin6Georgia33-8.5GEORGIGEORGI
1998Outback BowlKentucky14Penn State26-8.5PENNSTPENNST
1999Outback BowlGeorgia28Purdue25+5.5PURDUEGEORGI
2000Outback BowlSouth Carolina24Ohio State7-6.5S.CAROS.CARO
2001Outback BowlOhio State28South Carolina31EvS.CAROS.CARO
2002Outback BowlFlorida30Michigan38-1.5MICHMICH
2003Outback BowlIowa37Florida17-4IOWAIOWA
2004Outback BowlWisconsin21Georgia24-7WISCSNGEORGI
2005Outback BowlIowa24Florida31+1FLAFLA
2006Outback BowlPenn State20Tennessee10-4PENNSTPENNST
2007Outback BowlWisconsin17Tennessee21-2.5TENNTENN
2008Outback BowlIowa31South Carolina10+3.5IOWAIOWA
2009Outback BowlNorthwestern35Auburn38-9NWESTNAUBRN
2010Outback BowlPenn State24Florida37-7FLAFLA
2011Outback BowlMichigan State33Georgia30-2.5MICHSTMICHST
2012Outback BowlSouth Carolina33Michigan28+5.5MICHS.CARO
2013Outback BowlLSU21Iowa14+8LSUIOWA
2014Outback BowlWisconsin34Auburn31-6WisconsinWisconsin
2015Outback BowlNorthwestern-Tennessee--9--
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