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Citrus Bowl Betting Preview: Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Tennessee Vols

January 1, 2024

The 17th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes will face the 21st-ranked Tennessee Volunteers in the 2024 Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida at the Camping World Stadium on Monday, January 1st, with kick-off scheduled for 1:00 PM ET on Monday afternoon and will air on ABC.


Iowa won the Big Ten West Division with a record of 10-3, however, they were shut out in the Big Ten Championship game against the Michigan Wolverines by a score of 0-26 which also ended their four-game winning streak.


The defense for the Hawkeyes carried the team all season as they were one of the best scoring defenses while the offense was one of the worst scoring teams in college football as they enter this game allowing the 4th fewest points per game with an average of 13.23 points while scoring the 4th fewest points per game with an average of 16.62 points per game. Iowa also had the worst offense in the country as they averaged 240.23 total yards per game.


The Iowa Hawkeyes will look to bounce back following the loss against Michigan in the Big Ten Championship game when they play the Tennessee Volunteers.


The Tennessee Volunteers enter this game ranked 21st in the College Football Playoff rankings with a record of 8-4, however, they lost two of the last three games of the season but ended with a 48-24 win in their season finale at home against the Vanderbilt Commodores by a score of 48-24.


The success this season for the Volunteers can be attributed to their offensive play and their rushing offense as they enter this game averaging 31.5 points and 202.5 rushing yards per game which ranks 11th in college football. 


Jaylen Wright played a pivotal role in the rushing offense as he leads the team in rushing with 1,013 yards and four touchdowns while adding 22 receptions for 141 yards. The defense for the Volunteers was above-average as they enter this game allowing an average of 22 points per game. The Tennessee Volunteers will look to build off the momentum following the win in their season finale against the Vanderbilt Commodores when they play the Iowa Hawkeyes in the 2024 Citrus Bowl.


BookMaker has the Tennessee Volunteers listed as 8-point favorites against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the 2024 Citrus Bowl on Monday afternoon. These teams have only played once before this matchup with the game having occurred in the 2014 college football season and resulting in a 45-28 win for the Volunteers and a 3-point cover as a favorite.


The Iowa Hawkeyes are 6-6-1 ATS overall and 2-2 ATS as an underdog this season while the Tennessee Volunteers are 6-6 ATS overall and 6-4 ATS as a favorite on the year.


Iowa enters this game with a record of 10-3, however, their offense was the worst in college football this season as they averaged a total of 240.23 yards per game and were the 4th lowest scoring team in the nation averaging 16.62 points per game. Tennessee features an above-average scoring defense and a high-powered rushing attack that averaged the 11th most rushing yards per game with an average of 202.5 rushing yards per game.


Iowa's defense against the world.  Tennessee has been solid defensively all year and I just cannot see how Iowa can keep up if the Vols can put up a few big play scores.  Slight lean to Tennessee.


Spooky Express Pick: Tennessee Volunteers -8