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Northwestern Wildcats (6-2) vs Auburn Tigers (6-4)

Friday, January 01, 2021 at 1:00 pm

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Citrus Bowl WINNER.

Game 330.

10:00 am pst.


In a peculiar Bowl season this game actually puts together two teams that should be Bowling. Both are six-win teams from Power-five conferences. For those of you who enjoy nostalgia, eleven years to the day after facing off in a thrilling bowl game, these two teams meet again on New Year's Day in the Citrus Bowl at Orlando, Florida. The teams played in the 2010 Outback Bowl, with the Tigers pulling out a 38-35 overtime victory. Current Kansas City Chiefs quarterbacks coach Mike Kafka completed 47 of 78 passes for 532 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions for the Wildcats. Wow, how’s that for eerie?

 Both teams are in different places mentally. The Tigers have since fired head coach, Gus Malzahn and hired Boise State boss, Bryan Harsin. On the flip side, the Wildcats might be the most harmonious team in action right now. As a matter of fact, the game will be the last in the career of Northwestern's defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz, who would reach 400 career wins if the Wildcats win here. Trust me, the team will go all out for their DC here. While neither team possesses a very exciting or explosive offense, the big disparity here is on the defensive side of the ball. Northwestern owns the nation’s 5th ranked stop-unit, yielding only 15.5 PPG. This is a squad that is equally strong against the pass and the run. In recent years it seems that teams have abandoned the basics, but not the Wildcats. And that will be the difference in this matchup. The Tigers are 1-4 ATS L5 vs. the Big Ten, 0-4 ATS L4 vs. winners, and 0-4 ATS L4 in January. Take Northwestern. Thank you.

See Who Our Experts Picked To Win

Joe’s Pick Northwestern Wildcats: -3.5 -110

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