Nittany Lions look to win third straight game vs. Wildcats in Citrus Bowl
By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The No. 14 Kentucky Wildcats face the No. 12 Penn State Nittany Lions in the VRBO Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day. The game will be played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The game will kick off at 1 pm EST on ABC.
The Wildcats have a 9-3 record. However, just three of their nine wins have come on the road (3-2 overall).
The Nittany Lions are also 9-3 overall. Four of their nine wins have come on the road (4-1 overall).
According to Covers.com Consensus Analysis, the Nittany Lions have a 61% chance to win this game, according to their public poll. Their expert poll also gives Penn State a 61% chance to win this game.
This is the sixth meeting all-time between these two teams. This is just the second meeting all-time in a Bowl game.
The Nittany Lions have won the last two games in the series. They won 26-14 in the Outback Bowl on January 1st, 1999.
They also won 30-0 over the Wildcats on October 7th, 1978. Penn State also won the inaugural meeting, 10-3, over the Wildcats on October 4th, 1975.
Kentucky has not won in this series since 1977. They won 24-20 over Penn State on October 1st, 1977.
They also won 22-6 over the Nittany Lions on October 2nd, 1976.
Penn State has a 29-17-2 all-time record in Bowl games. They have a one-game Bowl win streak.
In their last Bowl win, they defeated the Washington Huskies, 35-28, in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl on December 30th, 2017 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Their last Bowl loss came in a 52-49 loss to the USC Trojans in the Rose Bowl Game on January 2nd, 2017 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
Kentucky has an 8-9 all-time record in Bowl games. They have a four-game Bowl losing streak.
Their last Bowl loss came in a 24-23 loss to the Northwestern Wildcats in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on December 29th, 2017 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. Their last Bowl win came in a 25-19 win over the East Carolina Pirates in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl on January 2nd, 2009 at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee.
The Wildcats bring a two-game win streak into this game. Their last regular season loss came in a 24-7 loss to the Tennessee Volunteers on November 10th.
Kentucky is averaging 26.6 points per game. Their offense is averaging 366.2 total yards per game.
Their defense is allowing 16.3 points per game. In addition, their defense is allowing 326.3 total yards per game.
Wildcats quarterback Terry Wilson went 171 of 253 for 1,768 yards. He also had 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Benny Snell Jr. leads the Wildcats backs with 263 carries for 1,305 yards and 14 touchdowns. Lynn Bowden Jr. leads the Wildcats receivers with 62 receptions for 661 yards and five touchdowns.
The Nittany Lions have a three-game win streak. Their last loss came in a 42-7 defeat to No. 5 Michigan Wolverines on November 3rd.
Penn State is averaging 34.6 points per game. Their offense is averaging 424.3 total yards per game.
Their defense is allowing 20 points per game. In addition, their defense is allowing 354.9 total yards per contest.
Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley has gone 175 of 328 for 2,284 yards. He also has 16 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Miles Sanders leads the Nittany Lions backs with 207 carries for 1,224 yards and nine touchdowns. KJ Hamler leads the Nittany Lions receivers with 41 receptions for 713 yards and five touchdowns.