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Vrbo Citrus Bowl 2020 – Auburn Tigers vs #14 Northwestern Wildcats

Tigers and Cats Closely Matched

Our Auburn vs Northwestern pick 2020 for the Vrbo Citrus Bowl is the second of four bowl games being played on New Year’s Eve. This is the forerunner to the two playoff games from which the national championship finalists will be chosen. The two national championship playoff games are #4 Notre Dame vs #1 Alabama in the Rose Bowl at 4:00 pm ET and #3 Ohio State and #2 Clemson in the Sugar Bowl at 8:00 pm ET. The CFP National Championship game will be played on January 11, 2021. Also, we have today’s Peach Bowl Pick.

The Auburn Tigers finished third in the SEC – West with a 6-4 record. Over their last five games, the Tigers were 3-2. In their final games of the season, Auburn beat Mississippi State 24-10. The #14 Northwestern Wildcats topped the Big Ten -West with a 6-1 record. Their overall mark came to 6-2. Also, like Auburn, over their last five contests, the Wildcats were 3-2. However, unlike Auburn, Northwestern lost their final game. In that game, #4 Ohio State beat the Cats 22-10.

The Wildcats are the favorite at -4.0 (-110), while the Tigers are the underdog at +4.5 (-102). In totals betting for this game the best under and over are 43.5. The under is at -101 and the over at -109.

The Vrbo Citrus Bowl will be played on Friday, January 1, 2021 with kickoff at 1:00 pm ET. Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL will host the game. The weather is predicted to be partly cloudy with a temperature of 83-degrees. Probability of precipitation is 1% and winds will be 14 MPH from the SSE.

Auburn vs Northwestern Pick 2020 – Statistics

Our Auburn vs Northwestern pick 2020 notes that one major difference between these two teams is on defense. Auburn is allowing 23.7 PPG, while Northwestern is giving up 15.5 PPG. In terms of offense, the Tigers have averaged 25.7 PPG and the Wildcats 23.4 PPG. Auburn is averaging 385.0 YPG in offense and permitting opponents 400.9 YPG. On the other side, the Wildcats are recording 348.6 YPG on offense and 338.8 YPG on D.

Vrbo Citrus Bowl – Offense and Defense

Auburn and Northwestern both have fairly balanced offenses. However, neither is exceptionally dynamic. The Northwestern defense is very solid. However, they will be without some key defenders.

Tigers and Wildcats – Offenses

Georgia QB Bo Nix is a dual threat. He’s thrown 11 TD passes and rushed for seven scores. Nix, who completed 60% of his passes, has thrown seven picks and been sacked 20 times. RB Tank Bigsby has averaged 6.0 YPA and scored five times. Three receivers have caught a total of 10 scoring passes. Seth Williams has 42 catches with four going for TDs.

QB Peyton Ramsey has thrown nine TDs and eight picks while being sacked 11 times. WR Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman has caught 38 passes with four going for scores. RBs Drake Anderson and Cam Porter have two and four TD rushes respectively.

Auburn vs Northwestern Pick 2020 – Defenses

The Tigers have recorded 25 sacks, nine picks, and 33 PD while forcing and recovering four fumbles. DB Roger McCreary has made three picks and six PD, while in the linebacking unit, the sack leaders are Colby Wooden with four, Owen Pappoe three, and Zakoby McClain three. McClain leads the Tigers with 102 total tackles.

The Wildcats have recorded 13 picks, 14 sacks, and 36 PD. They’ve forced three fumbles and recovered four. Unfortunately, two major contributors have opted out, DE Eku Leota and corner
Greg Newsome II. Still, various top performers will play, including LBs Paddy Fisher with 41 solo tackles and 74 total bringdowns and Blake Gallagher with 38 tackles and 75 totals. Also, each has one pick, two PD, and one forced and recovered fumble. DB Brandon Joseph has six INTs and two picks.

Auburn vs Northwestern Pick 2020 – Final Word

Our Auburn vs Northwestern pick 2020 like the Tigers at +4.5. We think that Auburn will keep it close. At the same time, the over under is low. It is true that these are two tough defenses. Plus, neither offense is exceptional. But the Cats are without some key D men.

Vrbo Citrus Bowl 2020 – Summary

Point Spread – Auburn Tigers at +4.5 (-102)
Totals – Over 43.5 (-109)


Paul has been writing about sports betting and sports for more than a decade, offering picks on the NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA, as well as on college sports and European football. He's written thousands of season and post-season previews, innumerable articles on sports betting strategies, and various books on sports and sports betting.

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