Iowa vs. Tennessee Predictions – Citrus Bowl Picks (Monday, Jan. 1)

Tennessee Volunteers running back Jaylen Wright (0) runs the ball against the Connecticut Huskies during the first half at Neyland Stadium.
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The Tennessee Volunteers (8-4) are set to clash with the Iowa Hawkeyes (10-3) in a highly anticipated bowl game. With both teams looking to cap off their seasons with a victory, this matchup at the Camping World Stadium promises to be a battle of wills, showcasing the SEC’s offensive prowess against the Big Ten’s defensive tenacity. Let’s dive into our Iowa vs. Tennessee predictions and Citrus Bowl picks for this matchup.

Iowa vs. Tennessee Odds

Game Info

  • Date: Monday, Jan. 1
  • Time: 01:00 PM ET
  • Location: Camping World Stadium – Orlando, FL
  • TV: ABC

Iowa Hawkeyes Betting Trends

  • On the road, Iowa Hawkeyes are 3 and 1 this season.
  • Against the spread this season, Iowa Hawkeyes are 6 and 4.
  • Against the spread on the road, Iowa Hawkeyes are 3 and 1.

Tennessee Volunteers Betting Trends

  • At home, Tennessee Volunteers are 6 and 1 this season.
  • Against the spread this season, Tennessee Volunteers are 5 and 6.
  • Against the spread at home, Tennessee Volunteers are 4 and 3.

Iowa vs. Tennessee Predictions

The Tennessee Volunteers enter the game with a strong offensive showing this season, averaging 31.5 points per game, which has been a key factor in their 8-4 record. However, it’s worth noting that they will be without QB Joe Milton, who has opted out of this game in advance of the NFL draft.

Iowa’s strength lies in their defense, which has been the cornerstone of their 10-3 season. The Hawkeyes have been particularly stingy, giving up a mere 172 points against them throughout the season. Their defensive unit will face a stern test against Tennessee’s offense, making this a classic offense vs. defense showdown. Iowa’s offense, while not as explosive, has been efficient enough to complement their defense, scoring 216 points over the season.

Iowa vs. Tennessee – Citrus Bowl Picks

The Tennessee Volunteers have demonstrated a potent offense throughout the season, and their ability to score points will be the key factor in covering the spread against the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Historically, Iowa may have a strong defense, but Tennessee’s offense has been consistently high-scoring against various opponents. The Volunteers’ average of 31.5 points per game is hard to ignore, which could pose significant challenges for the Hawkeyes’ defense.

The Pick: Tennessee Volunteers -7.5 (BetMGM)