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2021 Vrbo Citrus Bowl Betting Preview: Auburn vs. Northwestern Odds and Picks

2021 Vrbo Citrus Bowl Betting Preview: Auburn vs. Northwestern Odds

Orlando, Florida epitomizes what a bowl city should be.  It’s a warm-weather resort town offering an escape from winter.  Starting with Disney World is there a multitude of attractions.  This makes the Citrus Bowl a highly attractive bowl game.  It’s a bowl for name-brand programs that were not quite up to championship level.  Thus, it’s a great reward for a good season at location fans will flock to.  This year’s College football betting matchup is among the best on the board.  Auburn fans are excited about a recent coaching change.  While Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald brings fighting hearts.

2021 Vrbo Citrus Bowl Betting Information

Date: Friday, January 1, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
TV Coverage: ABC

2021 Vrbo Citrus Bowl Auburn vs. Northwestern Odds

Auburn +3½ (-120) 43½ (-110) +145
Northwestern -3½ (EV) 43½ (-110) -165
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2021 Vrbo Citrus Bowl CashBet Wagering Analysis

On the whole, Auburn is attractive to sharps as a power sportsbook dog.  Northwestern’s popgun offense is worrisome for laying points.

Auburn Junks the Gus Bus

Auburn won coach Gus Malzahn’s farewell game.  Although nobody realized he was about to be fired.  War Eagle beat Mississippi State 24-10 as 5.5-point road chalks.  Auburn is 6-4 straight up, 5-5 against the spread, and 2-8 under the total.  In sum, the Tigers rank 87th in the nation for scoring offense and 35th for points allowed.  That low offensive mark is a big reason why Malzahn was fired.  The Gus Bus was supposed to be about great offense.  Instead, the Gus Bus stalled far too often.  Fans and donors saw a stale program.

Specifically, quarterback Bo Nix illustrates Auburn’s Betting on college football disappointment.  Nix had a pedestrian 123.7 QB rating with 11 touchdown passes and 7 interceptions.  Offsetting that was Tank Bigsby’s 834 yards rushing, 6.0 yards per rush, and 5 touchdowns.  Namely interim head coach Kevin Steele will run War Eagle in this one.  Steele was a leading candidate for the full-time job.  But Boise State coach Bryan Harsin was named Auburn head coach last week.

Not So Mildcats In Impressive Season

Northwestern finished the season 6-2 straight up, 6-1-1 against the spread, and 1-7 under the total.  Last game for the Wildcats was a surprisingly close 22-10 loss to  Ohio State. At stake was the Big Ten championship.  Northwestern was a 16.5-point bet on NCAAF dog.  Northwestern led 10-6 deep into the 3rd quarter.  However, Ohio State’s natural depth and talent took over.  The Wildcats rank 98th in the nation for scoring offense and 5th for points allowed.

2021 Vrbo Citrus Bowl Against the Spread

Auburn has covered the spread in 20 of their last 36 games.  As a dog, the Tigers are 3-6 vs. the odds.  And in non-conference games, War Eagle is 7-3 vs. the line.  Overall, the Tigers are 12-24 over the total.  As dogs, Auburn is 3-6 under the number.  War Eagle is 4-6 to the under in non-conference matchups.

In sum, the Wildcats are 16-15-3 on the board.  Northwestern is 4-8-2 vs. the odds as chalk.  And in non-conference action, the Cats are 1-5-1 with the number.  Northwestern is 13-21 under the total.  As chalk, the Wildcats are 4-10 to the under.  And in non-conference games, Northwestern is 3-4 under the number.

2021 Vrbo Citrus Bowl CashBet Free Pick  

While the line surprises some Auburn’s mediocre play bothers gamblers.  Auburn’s motivation will be a source of speculation. Malzahn’s firing and in interim coach worry the masses.  Last year with Malzahn Auburn was ambushed badly by Minnesota.  It was a memorable betting on NCAAF bowl upset.   Northwestern should be motivated with a chance to score a big-name win.  However, the Tigers are a proud SEC program likely insulted at being the dog.  They’ll also have the best player on the field in Bigsby.  Northwestern’s lack of offensive firepower makes their chalk status questionable.  Expect Auburn’s SEC pedigree to prevail!

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