VRBO Citrus Bowl: Kentucky vs. Penn State fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Tuesday, January 1st
Game Time: 1:00 ET
Venue: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
Kentucky (9-3) vs. Penn State (9-3) Game Preview
Three Reasons Why You Should Watch The VRBO Citrus Bowl
– These two were strong teams in their respective conference title chases, and now it’s a big, big deal for both of them. This might not be a New Year’s Six game, but the average college football fan won’t know the difference.
This is a big, giant, hairy deal – at least it should be – for a Penn State team that might not be in the NY6 for the first time in the last three seasons, but is just 2-4 in its last six bowl games going back to the Joe Paterno days.
The Fiesta Bowl win over Washington was impressive last season, and now the program is shooting for back-to-back bowl wins for the first time since taking down the 2007 Outback and Texas A&M and the 2007 Alamo.
This is just the 18th bowl game in Kentucky football history – it’s the 49th for Penn State – with the last win coming in the 2008 Liberty over East Carolina. Since then, the Cats have lost four straight including last year’s Music City thriller to Northwestern.
– It was a terrific season for Kentucky no matter what happens in this. Again, it’s always a big deal when the program manages to go bowling, but to be deep in the SEC title hunt? To beat Florida for the first time in more than three decades? It was all fantastic, and now this is merely gravy. This is already the first nine-win season since 1984. Win, and it’s the first ten-win season since 1977.
– Penn State got blown out by Michigan, lost a heartbreaker to Ohio State, and battled well in a stunner against Michigan State. That was it for the losses, but the resumé is a wee bit light outside of the dominant performance over Wisconsin and the blowout over Pitt. Beat Kentucky for the first time since 1999 Outback, and it’ll be the third straight double-digit win season under James Franklin. It’ll also be the first time the Nittany Lions have won ten games or more three years in a row since doing it from 1980 to 1982.