SEC, Big Ten Teams Collide
The LSU Tigers won the SEC West and shocked the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Tigers made a lot of progress in the first year of coach Brian Kelly’s tenure.
Now the Bayou Bengals now try to finish their season with a 10th win as they prepare to face the Big Ten West Division champion Purdue Boilermakers in the Citrus Bowl.
Can they get the win and cover the college football odds? They’re among the biggest favorites in the sportsbook this bowl season.
Let’s check the latest college football odds, stats, injury reports, and college football lines for Citrus Bowl. We’ve plenty of NCAA football odds for you to consider.
LSU Chasing 10th Win
The LSU Tigers exceeded expectations this season. They lost to Florida State, Tennessee, and Georgia, with their one bad loss being to Texas A&M.
However, they stunned Alabama to win the SEC West Division championship and earn a spot in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia.
Brian Kelly inherited a mess from previous head coach Ed Orgeron, so LSU was not a good team in the first few weeks of the season.
However, after one month, this team steadily improved. Quarterback Jayden Daniels didn’t look good in early September, but he developed significantly into the quarterback Kelly and LSU hoped he would become.
LSU scored big against Ole Miss and made all the clutch plays it needed to make against Alabama. Daniels is coming back for the 2023 season, so Kelly and LSU have reason to be very optimistic about the program and its future.
LSU vs Purdue Game Injuries
Will Purdue Make This Competitive?
The Boilermakers have been hit very hard by the opt-out trend, which has become more prevalent in bowl games in recent years.
Quarterback Aidan O’Connell, receiver Charlie Jones and tight end Payne Durham have all chosen to not play in this game, which takes away a huge part of Purdue’s passing game and, by extension, this offense.
Purdue relies on its passing game to move the ball and score. Not having the starting quarterback, receiver and tight end represent a huge blow to the Boilermakers.
The Boilermakers won the Big Ten West and made the Big Ten Championship Game for the first time in school history, but they could have a tough time competing against LSU.
Coach Jeff Brohm left for Louisville to take the open head coaching job there. This will be a very difficult game for which to prepare.
LSU vs Purdue Head-to-Head
Those who bet online should note that these teams have never met.
LSU vs Purdue Game Information
- Game: LSU vs Purdue
- Location: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
- Day/Time: Monday, Jan. 2, 1:00 p.m. ET
- LSU vs Purdue Live Stream:ESPN
LSU vs Purdue Betting Lines
LSU vs Purdue Picks & Prediction
The opt-outs for Purdue will have an unavoidably negative effect on the Boilermakers. LSU should be able to win this game big. It’s a lot of points to lay for your college football picks, but it’s hard to ride with Purdue here.
It really feels like they hit the high-water mark this season and now the program is going to be lost at sea for a little while. That starts in this bowl game.
The LSU Tigers are listed at -595 in our Vegas lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the LSU Tigers, you have a chance to win $17. The Purdue Boilermakers are +445, offering a chance to win $445 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the LSU Tigers an 85.61% chance to win, with the Purdue Boilermakers at 18.35%.