LSU vs Purdue Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Citrus Bowl 2023 (Tigers, Boilermakers Begin New Year with Fireworks)

Devon Platana
LSU vs Purdue odds, prediction and betting trends for NCAA college football Citrus Bowl.
LSU vs Purdue odds, prediction and betting trends for NCAA college football Citrus Bowl. / AP Photos/Matthew Hinton
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LSU vs Purdue Game Info

2022 NCAA College Football Game — Cheez-It Citrus Bowl
No. 17 LSU Tigers (9-4) vs. Purdue Boilermakers (8-5)
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2023
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Venue: Camping World Stadium — Orlando, FL
Coverage: ABC

The 2022 NCAA college football bowl game matchups have been revealed, including the Cheez-It Citrus Bowl. This year's annual event will feature the No. 17 LSU Tigers facing off against the Purdue Boilermakers.

LSU's regular season didn't end as planned, finishing with a 50-30 loss to No. 1 Georgia in the SEC Championship Game. On the other hand, Purdue is also coming off a loss in the Big Ten Championship Game, losing in a 43-22 blowout to No. 2 Michigan.

Which of these two programs will wrap up their campaign on a high note at the Citrus Bowl?

LSU vs Purdue Odds & Spread

All NCAAF betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Moneyline: LSU: (-400) | PUR: (+310)
Spread: LSU: -10.5 (-105) | PUR: +10.5 (-115)
Total: 58.5 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

LSU enters this contest as a clear favorite on the spread and moneyline. This Citrus Bowl clash also features a total of 58.5, which is above average compared to this year's bowl games.

LSU vs Purdue Prediction & Pick

Though Purdue has won three of its last four games, two of those victories came against Indiana and Northwestern, who have a 5-19 combined record. As soon as the Boilermakers faced tougher competition in the form of the Wolverines, they collapsed, allowing 386 total yards and six offensive touchdowns.

LSU hasn't been perfect, but it has performed well against noteworthy opponents, picking up wins against both Alabama and Ole Miss this season. Even though the Tigers were steamrolled by the Bulldogs in the SEC Championship, LSU head coach Brian Kelly can take solace in the fact that his team at least put up 549 total yards on one of the nation's top defenses.

It's going to be a hard-fought contest between two hungry teams, but LSU's ability to step up in tough situations leads to me siding with the Tigers in the end.

Final Score Prediction: LSU: 33 | Purdue: 27

LSU vs Purdue Betting Trends

- LSU is 2-4 against the spread (ATS) in its last six games in January.
- Purdue is 7-3 straight up in its last 10 games.
- The total has hit the over in six of LSU's last seven games.
- The total has hit the over in five of Purdue's last six games against the SEC.

LSU vs Purdue Best Bet

All NCAAF betting lines, odds and prop bets are available on FanDuel Sportsbook.

When it comes to the best betting options, let's go with the total going over 58.5 points. Both defenses in this matchup are average at best, allowing over 40 points in each of their last respective matchups.

The total has also hit the over in all but one of LSU's last seven games this season, whereas Purdue has experienced the over in nine of its last 10 games as the underdog. Furthermore, the total has also gone over in five of the Boilermakers' last six games against SEC opponents.

Considering that LSU and Purdue came up short in the SEC and Big Ten Championships, I see them hitting the gas pedal hard to kickstart this game. As a result, the over is the way to go.

Bet: Over 58.5 Points (-110)

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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