The Northwestern Wildcats will close out another solid season on New Year’s Day against the Auburn Tigers, who just announced their next head coach. The Citrus Bowl will take place at 1 p.m. ET on Jan. 1 in Orlando, Florida. The game can be seen on ABC and streamed on the WatchESPN app.
Auburn vs. Northwestern
Point spread: Northwestern opened at -3, currently -3.5
Point total: Opened at 45.5, currently 43.5
How they got here
Northwestern went from last place in the Big Ten West in 2019 to first place this season and competed in the conference championship against Ohio State for the second time in three seasons. The Wildcats had their chances to pull off the upset but fell short. Northwestern heads into this game with a 6-2 record.
As for Auburn, it finally happened. Gus Malzahn was probably on the hot seat decades before he got the head coaching job, but he was finally fired after the season finale. The Tigers finished the season 6-4 and have since hired Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin to take over, though defensive coordinator Kevin Steele is likely the head coach for the bowl game.