2018 Citrus Bowl Betting Odds & Expert Pick

Posted by Derrick Harper on December 27, 2017 in

The 2018 Citrus Bowl will take place on New Year’s Day as part of a 5 game slate in NCAA College Football. The Citrus Bowl takes place every year in Orlando Florida – and Camping World Stadium is the home of this game with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish taking on the Citrus Bowl Betting Odds favorite LSU Tigers.

The Fighting Irish are 14th in the Associated Press poll and finished with a 9-3 record on the season. The Irish fell in their final game of the season on the road at Stanford. The LSU Tigers come into the game with a 9-3 record, which was third in the SEC West. LSU comes into this game -4 over the Fighting Irish.

2018 Citrus Bowl Betting Odds & Expert Pick

  • When: Monday January 1, 2018: 1:00pm ET
  • Where: Camping World Stadium; Orlando, FL
  • Citrus Bowl Betting Odds: LSU Tigers -4 (Over/Under at 51.5)

Why Bet Notre Dame Fighting Irish?

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish saw games where their defense was outstanding this season, and games were it was not very good. Those corresponded with their wins and losses. In losses to Miami and Stanford, they allowed 39.5 points per game, and in their 9 wins, they only allowed 25+ points just once.

The Fighting Irish came into the month of November with national title thoughts, as they had just one loss to Georgia by a point. But then losses on November 11th and 25th ended those thoughts. The Irish were led by Brandon Wimbush behind center, as he finished the season poorly with two interceptions in the road loss at Stanford. He threw 5 this season, with 14 touchdowns.

Why Bet the LSU Tigers?

The sky was falling when the LSU Tigers lost at home to the Trojans of Troy. At that point, the Tigers fell to 3-2 on the season. Then – the month of October came and they won all three games. The Tigers competed against Alabama and then finished with a trio of wins over Arkansas, Tennessee, and Texas A+M.

LSU commands the 2018 Citrus Bowl Betting Odds.

The Tigers offense saw Danny Etling man the quarterback position all season long. His game against Texas A+M to finish the season was his best of the season. He threw for 347 yards and 3 touchdowns. In 2017 – Etling finished with 13 touchdowns and just 2 interceptions. Darius Guice is questionable for this game. The running back rushed for 100+ yards in 3 of the final 5 games the Tigers played.

Expert Pick and Prediction

This should be an interesting football game. These are two power programs that would love to find a way to finish their season strong. There is optimism on both sides heading into the 2017 season. The Tigers will want to rush the football, and Brian Kelly and the Irish are going to look to toss the ball in the air a little more.

Look for a mixture of both, with the least amount of turnovers winning this battle. When you are placing your bets – the final bet is the Notre Dame Fighting Irish +4 as the underdog over the LSU Tigers.