Music City Bowl Pick Iowa Vs Kentucky Betting Prediction & Analysis

Music City Bowl Pick: Iowa Vs Kentucky Betting Prediction & Analysis

For fans of the teams in the final four in the college football playoffs, New Year’s Eve can feel like a long day as they wait for the big games. The good news is that we will all have a pleasant distraction, with a pair of games set to go before we get to the National Championship semi-finals. There really is a good set of games set to go on the final day of the year, with a little something for everyone. There are games that will almost certainly be an offensive spectacle, as well as one or two that are probably going to be a defensive struggle. The Music City Bowl, that sees the Iowa Hawkeyes and Kentucky Wildcats square off, is one that looks set to fall into the latter category. You need only look at the point total to see that this one could be a defensive battle. Iowa is in as a 2-point favorite, with the point total set at 31. That being said, it’s time to look at both teams and how they arrive to this Music City Bowl matchup so you can bet on the NCAA Football Bowl Odds.

Who is Playing in the Music City Bowl? | Iowa Hawkeyes vs Kentucky Wildcats Betting Preview

Iowa versus Kentucky Lines | Cotton Bowl Odds

  • When: Saturday, December 31 at 12 PM EST
  • Where: Nissan Stadium, Nashville
  • TV: ABC

Why bet on the Iowa Hawkeyes

The Hawkeyes finished the season at 7-5, leaning heavily on their defense to get to that mark. Scoring points proved to be a struggle for this team, and it could potentially be even tougher in this game given that they will be without their starting QB, as well as the backup. That seems like a bit of a nightmare for a team that managed to score just 17 PPG this season. The Iowa Hawkeyes are going to, once again, need to look for their defense to be strong. The defensive unit was stellar in 2022, landing in the top 10 in points conceded at a tough over 14 PPG. If they don’t get some help from their offense here, though, this could prove to be a vey long day. Iowa covered the spread in 4 of their last 5 games and are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games away from home. The UNDER has hit in 9 of their last 13.

Why bet on the Kentucky Wildcats

The Kentucky Wildcats came storming out the gate, winning each of their first 4 games, but things started to become a little more problematic once they go into the SEC portion of their schedule. They ended up going 3-5 in conference games to end the season with the same 7-5 record as their opponents in the Music City Bowl. Also like the Hawkeyes, Kentucky had problems putting points on the board, averaging 22 PPG on the offensive side of the football. They were also strong on defense, though, giving up just 19 PPG. They are also going to be without their starting QB, as he will be declaring for the NFL Draft. Kentucky has been a great bet, going 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games. They have seen the UNDER hit in each of their last 8 games.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

With both starting QBs out of this one, a game that was always going to be low scoring suddenly looks even less likely to deliver a ton of offense. I definitely think the UNDER is the way to go, plus I like Kentucky to win and cover.

NCAA Football Betting Pick: Iowa Hawkeyes 10 Kentucky Wildcats 17

 
 

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