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ESPN Computer’s Prediction For Penn State vs. Kentucky

Penn State's mascot leads the band onto the field.

STATE COLLEGE, PA - OCTOBER 23: The Penn State Nittany Lion prepares to usher the Blue Band onto the field as the Lion celebrated his 100th birthday in front of a home coming crowd of 108,062 as the Iowa Hawkeyes defeated Penn State 6-4 during NCAA football at Beaver Stadium on October 23, 2004 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Penn State and Kentucky are set to square of in the Citrus Bowl in what will be their first meeting in nearly two decades.

The Nittany Lions started the season 4-0, but lost back-to-back games to Big Ten rivals Ohio State and Michigan State, and lost to Michigan several weeks later.

At 9-3 on the season, the team needs to win the Citrus Bowl to secure their third straight 10-win season.

The Wildcats similarly struggled in the middle of the season before a late rally secured them nine wins. A win in the Citrus Bowl would give them their first 10-win season since 1977.

Penn State and Kentucky have played each other only five times before.

The two sides split a four-game series played between 1975 and 1978.

The only other bowl game in which the two teams faced off was in the 1999 Outback Bowl, which Penn State won 26-14.

ESPN’s Football Power Index computer model has released its prediction for the game.

ESPN’s computer model believes that Penn State has the best chance to win. The computer model gives the Wolverines a 67.6 percent chance to win this Saturday’s bowl game.

That leaves upstart Kentucky at 32.4-percent to win the match-up.

ESPN's FPI prediction for Penn State vs. Kentucky Citrus Bowl.


The game will be played at 12 p.m. EST on ABC.