Music Metropolis offers Iowa an opportunity for payback in opposition to Kentucky


Music Metropolis Bowl: Iowa (7-5) vs. Kentucky (7-5), Dec. 31, midday EST (ABC) FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: Iowa by 2…

Music Metropolis Bowl: Iowa (7-5) vs. Kentucky (7-5), Dec. 31, midday EST (ABC)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK COLLEGE LINE: Iowa at 2 1/2.

Sequence document: Kentucky leads 1-0.

WHAT’S AT PLAY

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz is one bowl win away from tying the late Joe Paterno for essentially the most bowl wins by a Huge Ten coach (10). Higher but, the Hawkeyes can get some payback for dropping the Citrus Bowl to Kentucky 20-17 to finish final season. That is Iowa’s first journey to the Music Metropolis Bowl. The Kentucky Wildcats can add to their college document streak with a fifth straight bowl victory. The Wildcats are additionally searching for their eighth win for the fourth time in 5 seasons. A win can be the sixteenth season all-time that Kentucky has completed with no less than eight wins.

Key Tuning

Iowa’s offense in opposition to Kentucky’s protection. The Wildcats enable simply 19.1 per sport to rank eleventh within the nation. That features holding top-ranked Georgia to only 16 factors final month. Total, the Wildcats enable 320.2 yards a sport (seventeenth in FBS) and 146.8 in opposition to the run (59th). Iowa was final in whole offense (255.4 yards) and it will likely be troublesome to maneuver the ball in opposition to Kentucky in any section particularly with a brand new quarterback who has but to take a snap in a school sport. Starter Spencer Petras is injured, and Alex Padilla has hit the switch portal.

GAMES TO WATCH OUT FOR

Iowa: All-American LB Jack Campbell. The primary Hawkeye to win the Butkus Award led Iowa with 118 tackles. He is a superb anchor to a protection that has held opponents to 277.9 yards and 14.4 factors per sport.

Kentucky: Senior DB Keidron Smith. The Ole Miss switch helped shore up the secondary and ranked eighth with 43 tackles. He additionally tied for the staff lead with two interceptions, returning one for a 65-yard landing at Florida. He has seven profession picks. His sister, Kaylon, is a senior ahead for Vanderbilt.

FACTS & FIGURES

That is Iowa’s thirty fifth bowl sport look and first time on the Music Metropolis Bowl. Iowa accepted a bid to play on this bowl in 2020 in opposition to Missouri earlier than the bowl was canceled as a result of pandemic. … Iowa is 6-6 all-time in bowl video games in opposition to present Southeastern Convention groups. … Iowa is bowl eligible for the twenty first time in 22 seasons beneath Ferentz. … Kentucky leads the nation in successful 20 straight nonconference video games. … Kentucky can submit its thirteenth bowl win all-time and third on the Music Metropolis Bowl. … A win would prolong coach Mark Stoops’ program document to 67 profession wins. … Iowa All-American DB Kaevon Merriweather opted out of this bowl to organize for the NFL draft. So did Kentucky QB Will Levis and RB Chris Rodriguez.

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