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Penn State-Kentucky Betting Guide: Points At a Premium in 2019 Citrus Bowl

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2019 Citrus Bowl Betting Odds: Penn State-Kentucky
Odds: Penn State -6.5
Over/Under: 47
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 1
Location: Orlando, Fla.
Time: 1 p.m. ET
TV: ABC
>> All odds as of Monday. Download The Action Network App to get real-time bowl odds and win probabilities on your bets

Penn State didn’t quite live up to its New Year’s Six dreams after losing three games during the regular season, while Kentucky had arguably its best campaign in two decades behind a stellar defense that rivaled the SEC’s best.

Will the Wildcats be able to move the ball on an underrated Penn State defense, or can the Nittany Lions hold up?

Odds Moves for Penn State-Kentucky
By Danny Donahue

Penn State has picked up 70% of bets and 80% of dollars against the Wildcats, driving its line from -4 to -6.5.

As for the total, bettors have been relatively split, with 51% taking the under. That percentage has accounted for 68% of money, however, dropping this number from 48 to 47 (see live betting data here).




Coaching Edge, ATS
By Stuckey

This game features a huge coaching disparity in terms of against the spread performance. In our database (back to 2005):

Mark Stoops: 30-44-0 (40.5%) -21.3% ROI, -$1,573
James Franklin: 59-41-4 (59%) 14.9% ROI, +$1,552

Only Doug Martin (NMSU) has lost bettors more money than Stoops among active coaches, while Franklin ranks among the five most profitable active coaches.

By Evan Abrams

Not only is their a coaching disparity, but James Franklin knows how to cover bowl games. This will be Franklin’s eighth bowl game and he is 5-2 against the spread, covering by 3.4 PPG. In Franklin’s two ATS losses, his teams lost the game by just a touchdown in both spots.

Penn State Defense Came on Strong
By Steve Petrella

I think most people entered this season with the idea that Penn State’s offense would be similar to the one we saw the last two years, and that the defense would struggle. That idea may still be lingering, but it couldn’t be further from reality.




Quarterback Trace McSorley had the worst passing season of his career, wide receivers struggled with drops and the Nits never got their vertical passing game going.

Penn State’s defense never allowed more than 5.9 yards per play in a game, and had arguably its worse performance in Week 1 against Appalachian State. It closed really strong by allowing 20 total points in its final three games.

On the season, PSU ranked ninth in S&P+ defense and 14th in yards per play.

Who’s More Motivated?
By Stuckey

This is Kentucky’s first New Year’s bowl game since the 1998 season, when it played on Jan. 1 in the Outback Bowl against none other than Penn State (UK lost 26-14). Meanwhile, Penn State played in two major bowls in the 2017 calendar year alone.

A Citrus Bowl win would mean significantly more to the Cats than the Nittany Lions. The Cats are looking for their first 10 win season since 1977, while the Nittany Lions are looking for their third-straight 10 win season.

That said, we are at the point of bowl season where motivation isn’t really a factor worth considering. Both teams will be up and ready in Orlando.

Mismatches: Kentucky’s Defense
By Stuckey

Kentucky has one of the best linebacking groups in the nation, led by All-American Josh Allen, who for my money was the best defensive player in the nation. There’s a reason UK ranks No. 1 in the nation in LB havoc rate.

Even without the services of Jordan Jones (ineligible), this is still a group of sideline-to-sideline speedsters. They will be able to chase down quarterback Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley and contain him in the running game, where he has been much more effective this season.



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Kentucky should also generate a lot of pressure from the edge against a vulnerable Penn State offensive line (106th in Adjusted Sack Rate on Passing Downs vs. a UK defense that ranks 33rd on PD and 17th overall).

A Case for the Under
By Collin Wilson

Penn State ranks 11th in S&P+ defense — unfortunately most of that number is aided by passing statistics. The Nittany Lions are 12th in passing S&P+ and 18th in passing downs, but Kentucky’s offensive bread-and-butter is the rush with star running back Benny Snell Jr. Penn State is just 41st in Rushing S&P+ defense, ranking 77th in opportunity rate. The Nittany Lions are much better at pressuring the quarterback than stopping the run.

Kentucky is fantastic in running situations, ranking top 20 in stuff and opportunity rate. The short yardage rushing situations like third and short percentage and first and goal success rate are top 10 in the nation.




The Wildcats should be able to control the clock with the ground game. An adjusted pace rank of 92nd might result in plenty of clock burning in between downs. Kentucky’s pace on offense should slow the game down, but both teams field excellent defenses when backed up.

In defensive finishing drives, Penn State ranks 28th, while Kentucky ranks No. 7 in the country in allowing opponents to convert points past the 40 yard line.

Take the under and points with Kentucky and look for any NFL bound Benny Snell Jr. rushing props.

Collin’s Picks: Under 47, Kentucky +6.5

Another Case for the Under, Kentucky
By Stuckey

I agree with Collin on this under with two flawed offenses, plus an elite Kentucky defense and really solid Penn State defense that came on even stronger toward the end of the year.

I also am waiting to grab a flat +7 with Kentucky. I think the Wildcats can generate pressure on McSorley, their veteran solid secondary (15th S&P+ passing defense) can contain a PSU passing attack that struggled all season and their linebackers can make sure McSorley doesn’t kill them with his legs.



Just look at what this Kentucky team did to Nick Fitzgerald and a Mississippi State offense that really relies on his legs: 28 carries for 56 yards. They also stymied a very good Florida rushing attack with a quarterback who can run.

Expect UK to collapse the edge and control the LOS on defense. On the other side of the ball, I think Benny Snell can have a big day against a PSU defense that is much more vulnerable against the run and this is purely run-first offense (Kentucky ranks in the top 25 in run rate on standard and passing downs).

Stuckey’s Picks: Under 47, Kentucky +7 or better
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College Football Sharp Report: Texas-Georgia Among Sharpest New Year’s Day Bets

Danny Donahue
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Before placing your bowl game bets for New Year's Day, you might want to know which bets sharps are making.
Sharps are bettors with long track records of consistent success.
Their favorite Tuesday plays include a bet on the Sugar Bowl between Texas and Georgia (8:45 p.m. ET, ESPN).
It’s New Year’s Day, meaning many are shaking off long nights and hangovers with greasy breakfasts and morning beverages. And what pairs great with a Bloody Mary? Betting.

Today’s bowl games draw massive betting interest, especially from casual bettors who are off work and looking for a sweat. This, in turn, floods the market with recreational money, providing extra value for savvy bettors.



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Of today’s five college football matchups, two have been steady targets of professional bettors: the Outback Bowl (Mississippi State vs. Iowa) and the Sugar Bowl (Georgia vs. Texas).

Let’s take a look at today’s sharpest college football bets.

Outback Bowl: Mississippi State vs. Iowa
12 p.m. ET | ESPN2 | Tampa, FL

Sharp angle: Under (moved from 44.5 to 40.5)

Sharp and public players seem to be in agreement on this total, and the line has reacted accordingly.

Sixty-four percent of bets are on the under, but they’ve generated 92% of actual money being wagered, meaning bigger bettors — the ones more likely to be sharps — are among that majority.



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Also pointing toward wiseguy activity on the under have been the four Sports Insights Bet Signals triggered, indicating at least four instances of market-wide line movement caused by sharp action.

Sugar Bowl: Georgia vs. Texas
8:45 p.m. ET | ESPN | New Orleans, LA

Sharp angle: Texas (moved from +13.5 to +11)

Although the overall line movement has been toward Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, it doesn’t quite tell the whole story as to how sharps have handled this game.

With early money hitting the Bulldogs, their line moved from -10.5 all the way to -13.5, and it wasn’t really until then that sharps stepped in.



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Wiseguys caused the line to fall by hitting the Longhorns three times per Sports Insights’ Bet Signals — once at +13.5 and twice and +12.5. Only 41% of bettors and 35% of dollars are behind Texas at the time of writing.
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GG, really appreciate everything you do here and for posting these articles, always like knowing who the sharps are playing, GL and Happy New Year
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Heliana, a Malayan sun bear at the El Paso Zoo, ventured a guess at the winner of Monday’s Sun Bowl between Pitt and Stanford during a ceremony of sorts on Sunday afternoon.

At 2:45 p.m. ET, the bear chose between two piñatas stuffed with peanuts, watermelon, Cheerios, and dried fruit. One was a replica of Pitt mascot Roc, and the other was made in the image of Stanford’s tree mascot. In the end, Heliana picked Pitt to win, shredding the panther piñata and sending stuffing flying.

This is the first time Heliana has attempted to guess a Sun Bowl winner, so she has no track record to speak of. However, the El Paso Zoo has had an elephant predict Super Bowl winners in the past, and it has seven correct picks in nine attempts for what that's worth.
Well, the bear got the winner wrong, but Pitt covered which is all that matters. The bear is now officially 1-0 ats
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Big Georgia moneyline liability today

"We’re a loser to Georgia pointspread and massive loser to Georgia moneyline. We’ve got well over $1 million tied into Georgia, and most of it is from one bettor. We need Texas outright."
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Tom Herman is 12-2-1 ATS as an underdog with 9 straight up wins
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This is the most lopsided bet game this bowl season with 79% of spread tickets on Ohio State at The Action Networks contributing Books

Since 2005, teams getting less than 30% of tickets have gone 36-21-1 ATS in bowl games.
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Ohio State & Georgia
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About 65% of the cash on Ohio State -6
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Ohio State ... 84% Tickets ... 87% $$

UGA ... 69% Tickets ... 73% $$
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78% of the betting action at Sports Interaction like Ohio State -6.5

70% like Georgia -12
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Book needs Ohio State win / Washington cover
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2nd half ... Georgia -10

Since 2005, double-digit favorites in the 2nd half have gone 6-10-1 ATS in bowl games.
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Make that 6-11-1 ATS
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Something to keep in mind for next year ...


The PAC-12 has gone 7-15 SU and 3-19 ATS in bowl games the last three years ... with only ONE WIN by more than 3 points.
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