Iowa football vs. Kentucky spread, over/under: A betting guide for the 2022 Citrus Bowl
Bowl season is officially here.
No. 16 Iowa football takes on No. 20 Kentucky in the 2022 Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida.
The Hawkeyes (10-3, 7-3 in the Big Ten) will have a welcomed breather after a 42-3 beatdown in the Big Ten Championship at the hands of Michigan. Head coach Kirk Ferentz has not announced his starting quarterback as of Tuesday, but Spencer Petras appears to be the lead candidate.
Meanwhile, Kentucky (9-3, 5-3 in the SEC) won its final three games of the season. The Wildcats' three losses of the year came against Georgia, Mississippi State and Tennessee, respectively. Kentucky boasts some familiar faces on its sideline, such as head coach Mark Stoops (a former Iowa player and graduate assistant coach), Ahmad Wagner (former Iowa basketball player turned UK graduate assistant) and a number of former Big Ten players.
Here's everything fans need to know if they plan on placing money down on the Citrus Bowl.
What's the spread for Iowa football vs. Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl?
In the first meeting between these two programs, Kentucky is a 3.5-point favorite on the Tipico Sportsbook (as of Dec. 16).
Want to bet on the Hawkeyes to cover the spread? Iowa's odds to cover are -120, meaning you'd win $100 if you placed a $120 bet.
Think Iowa can pull off the win straight up? The Hawkeye moneyline is set at +145. A $100 bet would net you $145, should Iowa beat Kentucky.
Iowa's record against the spread this season
The Hawkeyes are 7-6 against the spread this season, according to the Action Network. Jan. 1 marks just the fifth time this season Iowa has been listed as an underdog; in those previous four games, the Hawkeyes covered in two.
Of note: Over its last five games, Iowa is 4-1 against the spread.
Kentucky's record against the spread this season
The Wildcats' record against the spread isn't that much better than their Big Ten foe's, coming in at 8-4, according to the Action Network. In the seven games Kentucky was favored, the Wildcats have covered in all but two. Kentucky is 3-2 against the spread over its last five contests.
What's the over/under for the Citrus Bowl?
Tipico Sportsbook has the Iowa-Kentucky over/under set for 43.5 points.
As of late, over bettors haven't been too pleased with the result of Hawkeye games. The over has hit in just one of Iowa's last five games, according to the Action Network.
Jan. 1 will mark the ninth consecutive Hawkeye game in which the over/under has been fewer than 45 points.
Prop bets for Iowa vs. Kentucky
If you're feeling special, Tipico Sportsbook offers a variety of prop bet odds.
Kentucky is favored (-150) to win the first half. The Wildcats are also favored (-160) to win the first quarter.
Think the first half will be low scoring? A first-half under of 19.5 points is +100.
How much faith do you have in Iowa's offense? The over/under for Iowa's total points clocks in at 20.5.
Tipico Sportsbook lists player props as well. The over/under for Spencer Petras passing touchdowns is set at 0.5 touchdowns. The over/under for Sam LaPorta receiving yards is at 39.5 yards.
Full prop bet odds can be found here.
Key injuries and Citrus Bowl opt outs
Neither team will have their full offensive arsenal on Saturday.
Iowa won't have running back Tyler Goodson, who declared for the 2022 NFL Draft and opted out of the Citrus Bowl. Goodson ran for 1,151 yards and six touchdowns this season. He also caught 31 passes for 247 yards and a score. Gavin Williams (207 yards, 4.2 yards per carry) and Ivory Kelly-Martin (190 yards, 4.3 ypc) are next in line to fill his void.
For Kentucky, the Wildcats will be without two of their best receivers. Josh Ali and Isaiah Epps were involved in a car accident earlier in December, and both will miss the Citrus Bowl.
How to watch, stream and listen to the Citrus Bowl
The Citrus Bowl kicks off on Jan. 1, 2022, at noon CT. The game will be televised on ABC, and fans can also stream the action on the Watch ESPN app (with a cable provider login).
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