Free Citrus Bowl Prediction: Wildcats vs Nittany Lions Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Citrus Bowl
(9-3) Kentucky Wildcats vs. Penn State Nittany Lions (9-3)
Date: Tuesday January 1, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm EST
Venue: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Magic
NCAA Football Spread: Penn State -6
NCAA Betting Total: 48
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Both of these teams had their chance to make more of their seasons. A couple of wins here or there and they might have played in their conference title games, or more.
Kentucky has proven to be a very blue collar team this season while Penn State, led by their quarterback has a little more flare.
Kentucky has been a great story this season. The beat Florida fort the first time in a generation and even their losses were kind of close for this program. The kind of ran out of steam against Georgia. Well rested for this one they should be formidable.
Benny Snell has been a revelation this season and as a result the Wildcats have been one of the better rushing teams in the nation this season. If they have won one more big game maybe Snell gets Heisman buzz.
Kentucky is also a very good defensive team this season. They do not normally have that profile but this year they are 20th in yards allowed at 8th in points at just 16ppg. They actually have high level NFL talent too. They are no pushovers.
Penn State Nittany Lions
The Penn State season hinged on when they had Ohio State on the ropes at home and could’t close the deal. After that losses to Michigan State and Michigan were not all that surprising. All season long they won the games they were supposed to.
Trace McSorley did not have as good a senior season as he did as a junior. I think he became more of a runner than was ideal for this team’s success. And the receivers were quite as good this year.
Penn State does not have a dominating defense in terms overwhelming with talent but they only gave up 20ppg. The thought is that this group will get better with time too. They should be able to contain Snell on the ground and force Kentucky to do other things to beat them.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Over is 4-0 in Wildcats last 4 non-conference games.
- Under is 4-0 in Wildcats last 4 Bowl games.
- Wildcats are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf.
- Nittany Lions are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. SEC.
- Over is 5-0 in Nittany Lions last 5 non-conference games.
- Nittany Lions are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
Free Citrus Bowl NCAA Football Pick
The Nittany Lions are an easy favorite here. They have better quarterback play and are stronger overall too. Motivation could be a problem though.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Penn State -6
Still as long as this one stays under a touchdown I think Penn State is a good bet. I like their talent to eventually breakthrough for some scores.
Kentucky might be able to shorten the game by running the ball but if they can’t punch it in they will be sunk. Under looks good too.
Citrus Bowl Free Score Prediction: Penn State 27 – Kentucky 17
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