Kentucky Wildcats VS NC State Wolfpack

College Football 12:00 PM ET

Sunday

01/02/2021

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Spread: NC State Wolfpack +2.5

Over/Under: 52.5

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The NC State Wolfpack will clash with the Kentucky Wildcats in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl showdown at the TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville on Saturday, January 02, 2021, at 12:00 PM ET. No.23 NC State is in 5th place of the Atlantic Coast Conference with an 8-3 overall standing and a +15 point-difference. The Wolfpack ranked 36th in passing with 262.4 yards per outing and concluded the season on a four-game winning streak. NC State dominated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during their December 5th contest to a score of 23-13. The Wolfpack ended up with a total of 397 offensive yards with 309 passing and 88 rushing yards on 5.8 yards per play. The team had 24 first downs with 41.7% 3rd down efficiency in the win.

QB Bailey Hockman completed 23 of his 36 pass attempts for 309 yards. Ricky Person, Jr. ran for 59 yards on 15 carries and scored a touchdown while Zonovan Knight had 7 carries for 38 yards with a touchdown. Emeka Emezie led the receiving group with 6 receptions for 91 yards in the winning effort for NC State over the Yellow Jackets. Tyler Baker-Williams led the Wolfpack defenders with 9 tackles while Payton Wilson made 11 total tackles with 1.0 sack.

NC State Wolfpack vs Kentucky Wildcats Predictions 1/2/2021

The Kentucky Wildcats took 4th place in the SEC East Division with a 4-6 overall record and a -47 point-difference. Kentucky ranked 121st in passing offense with only 124.4 yards per match-up and struggled to deal with injuries. The Wildcats closed their regular season’s tour with a 41-18 triumph over the South Carolina Gamecocks last December 5th. Kentucky gained 492 yards of total offense with 291 rushing and 201 passing yards on 6.9 yards per play. The Wolfpack earned 24 first downs with a 3rd down efficiency of 35.7%.

Kentucky’s QB Terry Wilson. Jr. led his team with 17 of his 26 passes for 201 yards and rushed for 46 yards on 14 carries with 1 touchdown. Chris Rodriguez led the running game with 14 carries for 139 yards and scored 3 touchdowns while Justin Rigg grabbed 3 passes for 72 yards in the winning effort. Defensively, Jamin Davis started 5 solo and 5 assisted tackles while Yusuf Corker had 6 tackles and 1 interception in the secondary.

NC State Wolfpack vs. Kentucky Wildcats. The NCAAF Pick for this game is NC State +2.5. The Wolfpack is 7-3-1 in their last 11 bowl contests and 4-1 ATS against a team with a losing record. The OVER is 7-0 in NC State’s last 7 bowl showdowns. The Wildcats are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 non-conference match-ups and the OVER is 20-6 in Kentucky’s last 26 non-conference meetings. The Wildcats are still in the process of improving their passing offense while the Wolfpack already has an established and well-honed passing attack that can dominate this bowl game on Saturday. Final Score Prediction, the NC State Wolfpack will win and cover ATS at 31-24.

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NCAAF Starting Time: 12:00 PM ET

Location: TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, FL

Date: Saturday, January 02, 2021

TV: ESPN

NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: NC State Wolfpack +2.5

NCAAF Totals: 52.5

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