Citrus Bowl 2021

Citrus Bowl: (15) Iowa vs. (22) Kentucky

The tangiest bowl of the year!

Nicky G
Nicky G

Location: Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Fla.)

Time: 1 p.m. EST on ABC

Teams: No. 15 Iowa (10–3) versus No. 22 Kentucky (9–3)

Line: Kentucky -2.5

Summary

Kentucky was a pleasant surprise for college football for a good stretch, racking up some impressive wins before ultimately hitting roadblocks against Georgia, Mississippi State, and Tennessee.

This game is going to be a defensive battle, as is to be expected with any game that Iowa is playing in... except (ahem) that last game against the Michigan Wolverines.

Kentucky's defense hasn't been the powerhouse that Iowa's has, but they can certainly hold their own to turn this into an ugly game. In the end, it's going to come down to who can win the turnover battle, and Dane Belton and the rest of the Iowa defense are certainly looking forward to facing Kentucky's Will Levis who finished second in the SEC in interceptions.

Our Pick

This is going to be a brutally ugly game.

Iowa is the pick as they'll bounce back nicely from the trouncing they took in the Big 10 Championship Game. Turnovers will be the difference, Iowa is top 5 in the nation in turnover margin facing a team that is at the bottom of the barrel in that category.

The Score: Iowa pulls off the upset, 20-16

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Nicky G

Dad of 3. WVian by birth. ATX for now.