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    The Transperfect Music City Bowl will see the Kentucky Wildcats hitting the field against the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday, December 31, 2022. Kickoff is at 12:00 PM ET on ABC.

    The Hawkeyes are underdogs, but by less than a field goal (+2.5), against the Wildcats (with an over/under of 31.5 points).

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    Game Info and Betting Lines for Kentucky vs. Iowa

    • Game Day: Saturday, December 31, 2022
    • Game Time: 12:00 PM ET
    • TV Channel: ABC
    • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
    • Stadium: Nissan Stadium
    Wildcats vs Hawkeyes Betting Information
    Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
    Wildcats -2.5 -109 -112 31.5 -110 -110 -146 +124

    Kentucky Betting Insights

    • Iowa has gone 7-5-0 ATS this season.
    • Iowa is 2-2 against the spread when an underdog by 2.5 points or more this season.
    • Iowa has hit the over in four of their 12 games with a set total (33.3%).

    Kentucky Stats & Insights

    • Kentucky ranks 104th in total offense this year (336.3 yards per game), but has been shining on the other side of the ball, ranking 20th-best in the FBS with 336.3 yards allowed per game.
    • Kentucky ranks 106th in points scored this season (22.1 points per game), but has been shining on defense, ranking 12th-best in the FBS with 19.1 points allowed per game.
    • Kentucky has the 86th-ranked offense this season in terms of passing yards (216.1 passing yards per game), and has been more effective defensively, ranking seventh-best with only 173.4 passing yards allowed per game.
    • Kentucky has been a bottom-25 run offense this season, ranking 23rd-worst with 120.3 rushing yards per game. Defensively, the Wildcats are ranked 61st in the FBS (146.8 rushing yards allowed per game).
    • Kentucky is averaging a 37.1% third-down percentage on offense (84th in the FBS), and ranks 42nd on defense with a 35.6% third-down conversion rate allowed.
    • With 15 forced turnovers (71st in the FBS) against 16 turnovers committed (59th in the FBS), Kentucky (-1) owns the 100th-ranked turnover margin in college football.

    Kentucky’s Best Players

    • Will Levis has racked up 2,404 yards (218.5 ypg) on 185-of-283 passing with 19 touchdowns compared to 10 interceptions this season.
    • Christopher Rodriguez Jr. has carried the ball 174 times for a team-high 903 yards on the ground and has found the end zone six times as a runner.
    • Kavosiey Smoke has collected 278 yards on 59 carries, scoring one time.
    • Barion Brown’s 604 yards as a receiver pace the team. He’s been targeted zero times and has registered 45 catches and four touchdowns.
    • Dane Key has hauled in 31 receptions totaling 472 yards, finding the end zone six times as a receiver so far this campaign.
    • Tayvion Robinson has been the target of zero passes and hauled in 35 grabs for 470 yards, an average of 52.2 yards per contest. He’s found the end zone three times through the air this season.
    • J.J. Weaver has racked up three sacks to lead the team, while also recording five TFL and 43 tackles.
    • Kentucky’s tackle leader, D’Eryk Jackson, has 61 tackles and three TFL this year.
    • Trevin Wallace has picked off a team-high two passes. He also has 46 tackles, six TFL, and two sacks to his name.

    Iowa Betting Insights

    • Iowa is 7-5-0 against the spread this season.
    • Iowa is 2-2 against the spread when an underdog by 2.5 points or more this year.
    • Iowa games have gone over the point total in four out of 12 opportunities (33.3%).

    Iowa Stats & Insights

    • Iowa ranks second-worst in total yards per game on offense (255.4), but at least it has been playing well on the defensive side of the ball, ranking fourth-best in total yards allowed per game (277.9).
    • Iowa ranks ninth-worst in points per game on offense (17.4), but at least it has been dominating on defense, ranking sixth-best in points surrendered per game (14.4).
    • Offensively, Iowa is a bottom-25 pass offense, generating just 158.2 passing yards per game (10th-worst). On the bright side, it is excelling on defense, allowing just 173.8 passing yards per contest (ninth-best).
    • Offensively, Iowa is a bottom-25 rushing attack, posting only 97.3 rushing yards per game (11th-worst). On the bright side, it is thriving on the defensive side of the ball, surrendering just 104.1 rushing yards per contest (14th-best).
    • Iowa ranks eighth-worst in third-down conversion percentage (29.7%), but at least it has been shutting down opposing offenses on the defensive side of the ball, ranking 20th-best in third-down rate surrendered (32.5%).
    • Iowa has produced 21 forced turnovers (17th in the FBS) and committed 16 turnovers (59th in the FBS) this season for a +5 turnover margin that ranks 30th in the FBS.

    Iowa’s Best Players

    • Spencer Petras has compiled 1,725 yards (143.8 yards per game) while completing 55.7% of his passes and collecting five touchdown passes with five interceptions this season.
    • The team’s top rusher, Kaleb Johnson, has carried the ball 142 times for 762 yards (63.5 per game) with six touchdowns.
    • Leshon Williams has run for 410 yards across 114 carries, scoring two touchdowns.
    • Sam LaPorta’s 600 receiving yards (54.5 yards per game) are a team high. He has 53 catches on zero targets with one touchdown.
    • Nico Ragaini has 32 receptions (on zero targets) for a total of 367 yards (40.8 yards per game) and one touchdown this year.
    • Luke Lachey’s 25 catches (on zero targets) have netted him 362 yards (32.9 ypg) and three touchdowns.
    • Joe Evans has six sacks to pace the team, and also has seven TFL and 46 tackles.
    • Iowa’s top-tackler, Jack Campbell, has 105 tackles and two interceptions this year.
    • Cooper DeJean leads the team with four interceptions, while also putting up 66 tackles, two TFL, and five passes defended.
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