Kentucky Wildcats (9-3) at Penn State Nittany Lions (9-3)
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 1, 2019, 1:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions -4 -- Over/Under: 44
The Kentucky Wildcats and Penn State Nittany Lions meet Tuesday in the college football Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium.
The Kentucky Wildcats have won four of their last six games and have a chance to win double-digit games for the first time since 1977. The Kentucky Wildcats have won three of their last five non-home games. Terry Wilson is completing 67.6 percent of his passes for 1,768 yards, 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Wilson has one or less touchdown passes in nine of his last 10 games. Lynn Bowden Jr. and C.J. Conrad have combined for 958 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while David Bouvier has 15 receptions. The Kentucky Wildcats ground game is averaging 201.3 yards per contest, and Benny Snell Jr. leads the way with 1,305 yards and 14 touchdowns. Defensively, Kentucky is allowing 16.3 points and 332.2 yards per game. Josh Allen leads the Kentucky Wildcats with 84 tackles, Jamar Watson has five sacks and Darius West has three interceptions.
The Penn State Nittany Lions have won five of their last six games and can win double-digit games for the third straight season. The Penn State Nittany Lions have won four of their last five non-home games. Trace McSorley is completing 53.4 percent of his passes for 2,288 yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. McSorley has two or more touchdown passes in 11 of his last 18 games. KJ Hamler and Juwan Johnson have combined for 1,052 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Pat Freiermuth has 24 receptions. The Penn State Nittany Lions ground game is averaging 208.5 yards per contest, and Miles Sanders leads the way with 1,223 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Penn State is allowing 20 points and 354.9 yards per game. Micah Parsons leads the Penn State Nittany Lions with 69 tackles, Yetur Gross-Matos has eight sacks and Amani Oruwariye has three interceptions.
The Wildcats are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf, 3-12 ATS in their last 15 non-conference games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Nittany Lions are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 24-9-2 ATS in their last 35 games overall. The over is 13-6 in Nittany Lions last 19 games overall. The over is 4-0 in Wildcats last 4 non-conference games.
The Kentucky Wildcats are enjoying their best season in years and have a chance to win double-digit games for the first time since Elvis died. Yes, it's been that long. The Penn State Nittany Lions finished the season strong and allowed just 6.3 points per game during their current three-game losing streak. The Kentucky Wildcats have split their last 12 games ATS when an underdog of at least three points. The Penn State Nittany Lions have covered eight of their last 12 games when favored of at least three points. Penn State should be favored, but bowl season often comes down to motivation, and you can bet Kentucky wants this game more than the Nittany Lions. This is a chance for Kentucky to put the cherry on top of the sundae and really gain the attention of college football fans heading into 2019. You can also question Penn State's inconsistency as a whole and say Kentucky is far more battle tested playing in the SEC. I'll grab the points with the Wildcats.