Iowa Hawkeyes vs Kentucky Wildcats 12-30-22

Iowa Hawkeyes vs Kentucky Wildcats 12/30/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Iowa Hawkeyes vs Kentucky Wildcats 12/30/2022 Picks Predictions Previews


The Iowa Hawkeyes will go against the Kentucky Wildcats in TransPerfect Music City Bowl action in Nissan Stadium, TN, on Friday, December 30, 2022, at 12:00 PM ET.


Without their starting quarterback Spencer Petras and his backup Alex Padilla, the Iowa Hawkeyes (7-5; 7-5 ATS) take on Kentucky in their second consecutive postseason match.


Joe Labas will complete his first collegiate pass since Petras is hurt and Padilla chose to go via the transfer portal.


The 6-foot-4 rookie will attempt to revive Iowa’s struggling offense, which averaged just 17.9 points per game in 2022. (tied-113th in the nation).


The Hawkeyes had the second-fewest yards gained overall at the end of the regular season (255.4 per game). Their offense averaged only 2.9 yards per carry, placing 122nd in the nation in running yards (97.3).


In 12 starts, Spencer Petras threw for 1,725 yards, five touchdowns, and 5 interceptions, while Kaleb Johnson, a rookie running back, led the way with 142 carries for 762 yards and six scores.


Sam LaPorta, a senior tight end who had 53 receptions for 601 yards and a touchdown during the previous regular season, is anticipated to play versus Kentucky after recovering from an injury.


  • The total went UNDER in 9 of Iowa’s last 13 matches. 
  • The Iowa Hawkeyes are 4-1 SU in their previous 5 meetings. 
  • The Hawkeyes are 1-4 SU in their last 5 matches in the Southeastern Conference.

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Iowa Hawkeyes vs Kentucky Wildcats Predictions 12/30/2022


The first four matches of the regular season were victories for the Kentucky Wildcats (7-5; 8-4 ATS), including a 26-16 away triumph against the No. 12 Florida Gators.


Since then, the Wildcats and their star quarterback Will Levis had a rocky journey as he prepared for the NFL draft instead of participating in the bowl season.


The Music City Bowl will feature either redshirt freshman Kaiya Sheron or true freshman Destin Wade as the starting quarterback for Kentucky.


Wade did not attempt a single pass, but Sheron began in Week 6’s 24-14 loss to South Carolina and threw for 178 yards, two touchdowns, and a pick. 


On the opposite side of the field, the Wildcats were giving up 19.1 points per game, ranking 11th, on 173.4 passing yards and 146.8 running yards (59th).


Keep an eye on sophomore LB Trevin Wallace, who produced 5.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, and a few interceptions this past regular season after junior CB Carrington Valentine opted out after recording 48 tackles, 10 passes deflected, one sack, and one interception in 2022.


  • The Kentucky Wildcats are 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 matches. 
  • The total went UNDER in 8 of Kentucky’s previous 8 meetings. 
  • The Wildcats are 11-5 SU in their last 16 matches.

Iowa Hawkeyes vs Kentucky Wildcats. The NCAAF pick for this game is the Iowa Hawkeyes. Despite the fact that both teams will be without significant players, the Wildcats appear to be a superior offensive club to the Hawkeyes.


The Hawkeyes allowed 2.9 yards per carry while recording 30 sacks throughout the regular season. Additionally, when it came to opposing 3rd down conversion, Iowa ranked 21st nationally (32.5), while Kentucky came in 43rd (35.6%).


The Wildcats allowed 4.3 yards per run and only recorded 19 sacks. Due to strong defense and special teams, Iowa is the pick to win and cover.


The special teams for Iowa did well so far, and one of their main goals will be to keep Barion Brown quiet. The Iowa Hawkeyes will win to a predicted score of 17-14


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Iowa Hawkeyes vs Kentucky Wildcats 12/30/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAF Starting Time: 12:00 PM (EDT)


Location: Nissan Stadium, TN


Date: Friday, December 30, 2022




NCAAF Odds: Kentucky Wildcats +2.5


NCAAF Totals: 31.5


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