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Citrus Bowl Betting Preview & Picks (Kentucky vs. Penn State)

Posted by: Mike Davis
2019 Citrus Bowl Betting Pick

The 2019 Citrus Bowl is right around the corner, giving us a thrilling contest between Kentucky and Penn State. The Wildcats are coming off a thrilling schedule that has locked them up this eye-catching Bowl slot. The Nittany Lions on the other hand, are also coming off an eye-catching season and will be looking to add another win to their resume. So what kind of legal betting outcome can we expect out of this year’s Citrus Bowl betting action? Let’s check on the NCAA football betting lines to find out.

Citrus Bowl | Kentucky vs. Penn State – Tuesday, January 1st    

When: 1:00 pm ET

Where: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida

TV: ABC

Stream: ABC Sports

NCAA Football Betting Odds:

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Kentucky +7 (-130) 47 (-110)   +215
Penn State -7 (+110) 47 (-110) -255
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Kentucky Wildcats          

The Wildcats turned in a 9-3 record this season. Included in that run was a 5-3 record in SEC Play. In the end this led to a 2nd place ranking in the East Division of the conference behind Georgia. Closing out the season with a 2-game winning streak, Kentucky is confident they can come out on top in the Citrus Bowl. The above listed NCAA football betting odds are pegging Kentucky as the underdog here, as are each team’s numbers. On offense Kentucky is averaging 26.6, fewer than the 34.6 that Penn State is scoring. Defensively Kentucky does have a small edge here but it’s not enough to offset the edge the Nittany Lions get on offense. Specifically Kentucky is giving up 16.3 to their opponent’s while the Nittany Lions are allotting 20.0.

Players to Watch: Terry Wilson (1,768 passing yards, 11 TD, 8 INT), Benny Snell Jr. (1,305 rushing yards, 14 TD, 5.0 AVG), and Lynn Bowden Jr. (661 receiving yards, 5 TD, 62 REC).

Penn State Nittany Lions     

All in all 2018 was a pretty good season seeing as how they finished 9-3 overall. Although they hit their fair share of hiccups, Penn State managed to finish 3rd overall in the East Division. Although they didn’t get to compete in the Big Ten championship game, Penn State is pretty excited about the opportunity to compete in the Citrus Bowl. All in all Penn State will looking to use their red zone dominance to come out on top here. In fact they allowed just 34 red zone visits in 12 games. And of those visits, only 16 ( less than half) resulted in touchdowns.

Players to Watch: Trace McSorley (2,284 passing yards, 16 TD, 6 INT), Miles Sanders (1,223 rushing yards, 9 TD, 5.9 AVG), and KJ Hamler (713 receiving yards, 5 TD, 41 REC).

2019 Citrus Bowl Betting Predictions | Kentucky vs. Penn State

Trends

  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 6 of Kentucky’s last 9 games
  • Kentucky is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
  • Kentucky is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Penn State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The TOTAL has gone UNDER in 4 of Penn State’s last 5 games
  • Penn State posted a 7-5 ATS record this season
2019 Citrus Bowl Betting Picks | Kentucky vs. Penn State

So which side should mobile betting fans take in this Citrus Bowl matchup? All things considered Penn State is looking like the best pick here. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!

Score Prediction: 45-42 Penn State.