The 2018-19 bowl lineup is set! For the second consecutive year and for the third time in four years, Orlando will host four teams ranked in the College Football Playoff Top-25.
VRBO Citrus Bowl: No. 12 Penn State vs. No. 14 Kentucky
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Camping World Bowl: No 16 West Virginia vs. No 20. Syracuse
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VRBO Citrus Bowl
The No. 12 Penn State Nittany Lions (9-3, 6-3 Big Ten) and the 14th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats (9-3, 5-3 SEC) will meet in the VRBO Citrus Bowl. Florida Citrus Sports chairman Pete Schaefer and CEO Steve Hogan announced the matchup today on behalf of the organization’s Team Selection Committee.
The 73rd edition of the game will take place at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1 at Camping World Stadium and will be televised nationally by ABC.
This year’s VRBO Citrus Bowl will be the sixth all-time meeting between the Nittany Lions and Wildcats and the first since Penn State’s 26-14 win in the 1999 Outback Bowl. Penn State leads the all-time series between the teams 3-2. The Nittany Lions are also 3-2 in five previous Citrus Bowl appearances, with the most recent coming in 2010 against LSU. Kentucky will be making its Orlando bowl debut.
The Nittany Lions have thrived this season on the strength of one of the nation’s top defenses. Penn State has held opponents to 20 points per game on the year and ranks second nationally in sacks and fourth nationally in tackles for loss.
On the opposite side of the ball, the Nittany Lions are paced by running back Miles Sanders, who ranks 15th nationally and second in the Big Ten with 1,223 rushing yards this season. Penn State has also seen steady production from quarterback Trace McSorley, who has thrown for 2,284 yards and rushed for 723 yards and a team-high 11 touchdowns.
Kentucky’s 9-3 record, meanwhile, is the team’s best since 1977. The Wildcats rank eighth nationally in scoring defense at just 16.3 points allowed per game and allow just 181.3 passing yards per game, good for 17th nationally. Linebacker Josh Allen also leads the SEC with 14 sacks on the season.
Offensively, the Wildcats are led by running back Benny Snell, Jr., who ranks 12th nationally with 1,305 rushing yards this year and holds the school records for rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns. Sophomore receiver Lynn Bowden, Jr. led the team with 661 receiving yards on 61 receptions – the most catches for a Wildcat since Randall Cobb in 2010.
Tickets for the VRBO Citrus Bowl are available via Ticketmaster by visiting https://bigtime.games/19cbtix. Groups of 10 or more may call the Florida Citrus Sports offices at 407.423.2476.
Camping World Bowl
The No. 16 West Virginia Mountaineers (8-3, 6-3 Big 12) and the 20th-ranked Syracuse Orange (9-3, 6-2 ACC) will play in the 2018 Camping World Bowl. Florida Citrus Sports’ Chairman Pete Schaefer and CEO Steve Hogan announced the matchup today on behalf of the organization’s Team Selection Committee.
The game will kick off at 5:15 p.m. on Friday, December 28 at Camping World Stadium and will be televised nationally by ESPN.
This year’s Camping World Bowl will be the 61st all-time meeting between the former Big East rivals. Syracuse comes into the game holding a 33-27 edge in the series, including a 38-14 victory in the 2012 Pinstripe Bowl, the last meeting between the Orange and Mountaineers. The Orange lost their only previous Camping World Bowl appearance to Georgia Tech in 2004, while West Virginia will be seeking its first win in its Camping World Bowl-record fifth appearance in the game.
Syracuse’s nine wins this season are the most for the program since the Orange finished 10-3 in 2001. The Orange feature a high-powered offense that averages 40.8 points and 468.8 yards per game, good for 12th and 18th in the FBS, respectively. Quarterback Eric Dungey ranks eighth nationally with 15 rushing touchdowns on the season and enters the Camping World Bowl with 3,297 yards of total offense (2,565 passing, 732 rushing), the second-highest season total in team history.
Defensively, the Orange feature defensive back Andre Cisco, the national leader in interceptions with seven. Defensive lineman Alton Robinson also has 10 sacks on the year, tied for first in the ACC and ninth in the FBS.
West Virginia also features a potent offense that ranks third nationally in passing (358.1 yards per game), eighth in total offense (520.4 yards per game) and ninth in scoring (42.3 points per game). The Mountaineers offense is led by quarterback Will Grier, who comes into the game ranked third in the FBS in both passing yards per game (351.3) and passing touchdowns (37).
Grier’s top targets are wide receivers David Sills V and Gary Jennings, Jr. Both rank in the top five nationally in receiving touchdowns with 15 and 13, respectively. Defensively, the Mountaineers hold opponents to an average of 26.5 points per game and come in having forced multiple turnovers in three consecutive games.
Tickets for the Camping World Bowl are available via Ticketmaster by visiting https://bigtime.games/18cwbtix. Groups of 10 or more may call the Florida Citrus Sports offices at 407.423.2476.