Nittany Lions Open As a 7-Point Favorite in Citrus Bowl vs. Kentucky

By Matt de Bear on December 2, 2018 at 8:03 pm
Nov 10, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin looks on from the sideline during the fourth quarter against the Wisconsin Badgers at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Wisconsin 22-10. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

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One of the worst kept secrets was made official earlier today when it was announced that Penn State and Kentucky would meet in the Citrus Bowl on New Year's Day. The Nittany Lions are favored by seven points to open the build up to the first meeting between the two programs in 20 years.

The winner of the game will complete a 10-win season. For the Nittany Lions, that would be the third straight year with at least 10 victories, and the first such three year stretch since 1980-82. For the Wildcats, it would be the first 10-win season since 1977, the last year Kentucky beat Penn State.

New Year's Day will be the 20th anniversary of the last meeting between the schools, a game which Penn State won 26-14 in the Outback Bowl. The two teams met every year from 1975-78, with the Nittany Lions winning the first and last meetings of that series, and Kentucky taking the middle two.

The Citrus Bowl kicks off at 1:00 p.m. on Jan. 1 from Orlando, and will air on ABC.

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