2023 Citrus Bowl Betting & Money Lines

2023 Citrus Bowl Betting & Money Lines

Written by on December 22, 2022

On Tuesday, January 2nd, the SEC runner-up, the LSU Tigers, will meet the Big 10 runner-up, the Purdue Boilermakers in the Cheez-It Citrus Bowl. On paper, this game looks like it will be a blowout, but as you know, football games aren’t played on paper. 

LSU vs Purdue Game Info

The LSU Tigers got to this point by virtue of winning the SEC West. With victories over Alabama and LSU, the Tigers advanced to the SEC Championship game, where they were thoroughly defeated by the Georgia Bulldogs. However, the Tigers can hold solace in the fact that they put up 549 yards of total offense against one of the nation’s top defenses.

As for the Purdue Boilermakers, they won a fairly weak Big 10 West this season. They won three of their last four games, but two of those wins were against Indiana and Northwestern. They were demolished in the Big 10 title game by the Michigan Wolverines.

Let’s preview both teams, and then we’ll give you our prediction for the 2023 Citrus Bowl .

Purdue Boilermakers

One of the main storylines surrounding this game will be the fact that Purdue will be without their head coach. Jeff Brohm, who has done a great job of bringing the Purdue program to new heights, left Purdue to take over at his alma mater, Louisville.

Brohms brother, Brian, the team’s offensive coordinator, will now step in and be the interim head coach. Purdue has since hired Ryan Walters, the defensive coordinator for the Illinois Fighting Illini this past season, to be the new head coach going forward.

Brohm’s offense tends to be pass-heavy, as the Boilermakers averaged over 285 yards passing per game. Their running game isn’t too shabby itself, as they rushed for over 130 yards per game as well. All of this led to an average of 28 points per game.

We’ll see if Purdue can continue to run a strong offense against a defense that plays against some of the top offenses in the country on a weekly basis.

LSU Tigers

Brian Kelly knew he had his work cut out for him when he came to LSU after last season. Kelly quickly put together a very good team, hitting the recruiting trail hard, and raiding the transfer portal. LSU finished the season with a 9-4 record.

Jayden Daniels, LSU’s dynamic quarterback, injured his ankle in the second half of the SEC title game, but we expect to see him in this one. Daniels is a key component to the LSU offense, as he can beat you with his arm or his legs.

We will have to wait and see if any of LSU’s top players choose to sit out the bowl game to avoid injury or prepare for the NFL Draft. 

Prediction

LSU is favored to win this game by 14 points. Considering the caliber of competition that LSU played compared to Purdue’s, this isn’t a surprise at all.

As long as Daniels comes back and plays, we think that LSU is a much better team than Purdue, and LSU should have no issues covering the 14-point spread in this one.


 

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