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    The Iowa Hawkeyes and the Kentucky Wildcats will meet for the Transperfect Music City Bowl on December 31, 2022, with kickoff at 12:00 PM ET, airing on ABC.

    The Hawkeyes are favored, but by less than a field goal (-1), versus the Wildcats. The over/under for this game is 31 points.

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    Game Info and Betting Lines for Iowa vs. Kentucky

    • Game Day: Saturday, December 31, 2022
    • Game Time: 12:00 PM ET
    • TV Channel: ABC
    • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
    • Stadium: Nissan Stadium
    Hawkeyes vs Wildcats Betting Information
    Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
    Hawkeyes -1 -112 -110 31 -114 -107 -119 -103

    Iowa Betting Insights

    • Kentucky is 8-4-0 against the spread this year.
    • In games this year in which they were an underdog by 1 point or more, the Wildcats have a 5-1 record against the spread.
    • Kentucky has gone over in one of 12 games with a set total (8.3%).

    Iowa Stats & Insights

    • Iowa owns the fourth-best defense this season in terms of total yards (277.9 yards allowed per game), but ranks second-worst offensively (255.4 yards per game).
    • Iowa sports the sixth-best defense this season in terms of points allowed (14.4 points allowed per game), but rank ninth-worst offensively (17.4 points per game).
    • While Iowa ranks 10th-worst in the FBS in passing offense with 158.2 passing yards per game, it’s been a different situation with the defense, which ranks ninth-best (173.8 passing yards per game allowed).
    • Iowa has struggled in the running game, ranking 11th-worst in the FBS (97.3 rushing yards per game) this season. However, the defense ranks 14th-best, giving up only 104.1 rushing yards per game.
    • Iowa has struggled on third down, ranking eighth-worst in the FBS (29.7%) this season. However, the defense ranks 20th-best on the defensive side of the ball, allowing a 32.5% third-down conversion rate.
    • Iowa owns the 30th-ranked turnover margin in college football at +5, forcing 21 turnovers (17th in the FBS) while turning it over 16 times (59th in the FBS).

    Iowa’s Best Players

    • Spencer Petras has 1,725 passing yards for Iowa, completing 55.7% of his passes and throwing five touchdowns and five interceptions this season.
    • Kaleb Johnson has carried the ball 142 times for a team-high 762 yards on the ground and has found the end zone six times.
    • This season, Leshon Williams has carried the ball 114 times for 410 yards (37.3 per game) and two touchdowns.
    • Sam LaPorta has hauled in 53 catches for 600 yards (54.5 yards per game) to lead the team so far this season. He’s found the end zone one time as a receiver.
    • Nico Ragaini has put up a 367-yard season so far with one touchdown, reeling in 32 passes on zero targets.
    • Luke Lachey has a total of 362 receiving yards so far this year, hauling in 25 passes and scoring three touchdowns.
    • Joe Evans has six sacks to lead the team, and also has seven TFL and 46 tackles.
    • Iowa’s leading 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.

    Kentucky Betting Insights

    • Kentucky is 8-4-0 against the spread this year.
    • In games this year in which they were an underdog by 1 point or more, the Wildcats have a 5-1 record against the spread.
    • One of Kentucky’s 12 games with a set total has hit the over (8.3%).

    Kentucky Stats & Insights

    • Kentucky ranks 104th in the FBS with 336.3 total yards per contest, but it has been lifted up by its defense, which ranks 20th-best by surrendering only 320.2 total yards per game.
    • Kentucky ranks 106th in the FBS with 22.1 points per game, but it has been carried by its defense, which ranks 12th-best by surrendering only 19.1 points per contest.
    • Kentucky ranks 86th in the FBS with 216.1 passing yards per contest, but it has been lifted up by its defense, which ranks seventh-best by allowing only 173.4 passing yards per game.
    • Kentucky’s running game has not been getting things done, ranking 23rd-worst in the FBS with 120.3 rushing yards per game. It has been more productive defensively, surrendering 146.8 rushing yards per contest (61st-ranked).
    • With a 37.1% third-down conversion percentage on offense, Kentucky ranks 84th in the FBS. On defense, it ranks 42nd, giving up a 35.6% third-down rate.
    • At -1, Kentucky sports the 100th-ranked turnover margin in the FBS, with 15 forced turnovers (71st in the FBS) and 16 turnovers committed (59th in the FBS).

    Kentucky’s Best Players

    • Will Levis has racked up 2,404 yards (218.5 yards per game) while completing 65.4% of his passes and tossing 19 touchdown passes with 10 interceptions this season.
    • Christopher Rodriguez Jr. is his team’s leading rusher with 174 carries for 903 yards, or 112.9 per game. He’s found paydirt six times on the ground, as well.
    • Kavosiey Smoke has run for 278 yards across 59 carries, scoring one touchdown.
    • Barion Brown has racked up 604 receiving yards on 45 receptions to pace his squad so far this season while scoring four touchdowns as a receiver.
    • Dane Key has collected 472 receiving yards (39.3 yards per game) and six touchdowns on 31 receptions.
    • Tayvion Robinson’s 35 receptions (on zero targets) have netted him 470 yards (52.2 ypg) and three touchdowns.
    • J.J. Weaver paces the team with three sacks, and also has five TFL and 43 tackles.
    • Kentucky’s leading tackler, D’Eryk Jackson, has 61 tackles and three TFL this year.
    • Trevin Wallace leads the team with two interceptions, while also recording 46 tackles, six TFL, and two sacks.

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