2022 Music City Bowl Odds - Iowa vs. Kentucky Betting

Music City Bowl Odds - Iowa vs. Kentucky

2022 Music City Bowl NCAA Football Betting

The Iowa Hawkeyes shined on defense this season but couldn’t back it up with a strong offensive performance. In November, victories over Purdue, Minnesota, and Wisconsin put them over the edge for bowl eligibility. This will be the Hawkeyes’ second postseason berth in a row after a loss to Kentucky on New Year’s Day 2022 in the Citrus Bowl. It is the program’s 35th bowl appearance overall. Kentucky started the season with a 4-0 record and a top-10 ranking before losing five of the next seven. The Wildcats are going to their 22nd bowl game and seventh straight under head coach Mark Stoops. Kentucky has won four straight bowls and is 12-9 overall. The Wildcats beat Iowa 20-17 in the Citrus Bowl last season.

2022 Music City Bowl at a Glance

Date: Saturday, December 31, 2022

Time (ET) / TV: 12:00 PM / ABC

Venue: Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tennessee

Matchup: Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Kentucky Wildcats

College Football Betting Lines

Iowa Hawkeyes -2.5

Kentucky Wildcats +2.5

Total: 31

Music City Bowl Preview

Last game, the Kentucky Wildcats won 26-13 against the Louisville Cardinals as 3.5-point home favorites. The game went under the total of 42.5. Kentucky has a record of 7-5 straight up, 8-4 against the spread, and 1-11 over/under the total. Kentucky ranks 106th for total offense, 88th for passing, 102nd for rushing and 106th for scoring. Defensively they rank 18th overall, 7th against the pass, 59th against the rush, and 12th for points allowed. Also, Kentucky ranks 46th for fewest turnovers lost and 67th for takeaways.

Last game, the Iowa Hawkeyes lost 24-17 against the Nebraska Cornhuskers as an 11-point home favorite. The game went over the total of 38. Iowa has a record of 7-5 straight up, 7-5 against the spread, and 4-8 over/under the total. Iowa ranks 130th for total offense, 122nd for passing, 121st for rushing, and 123rd for scoring. Defensively they rank 5th overall, 9th against the pass, 13th against the rush, and 6th for points allowed. Also, Iowa ranks 104th for fewest turnovers lost and 21st for takeaways.

Music City Bowl Prediction

In this situation, both schools “travel well” and will bring a large contingent of fans looking for fun in Music City. Whether the game has any fireworks remains a question. The Hawkeyes and Wildcats are defensively oriented and fundamentally sound. There will not be an overload of betting action on either side. Kentucky brings SEC credentials. But Iowa’s Big Ten affiliation offsets much of that. Undertakers will look hard at the total in a matchup of low-scoring teams. As for the side, Kentucky is the more complete team.

Music City Bowl Format

The Music City Bowl debuted in 1998, and the matchup currently features schools from the Big Ten and the SEC. The game takes place at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. This game was previously sponsored by Gaylord Hotels, HomePoint.com, and Franklin American Mortgage Company before TransPerfect.

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Music City Bowl Past Results

SEASON WINNING TEAM LOSING TEAM SCORE
2021 Purdue Tennessee 48-45
2020 Cancelled due to COVID
2019 Louisville Mississippi State 38-28
2018 Auburn Purdue 63-14
2017 Northwestern Kentucky 24-23
2016 Tennessee Nebraska 38-24
2015 Louisville Texas A&M 27-21
2014 Notre Dame LSU 31-28
2013 Mississippi Georgia Tech 25-17
2012 Vanderbilt North Carolina State 38-24
2011 Mississippi State Wake Forest 23-17
2010 North Carolina Tennessee 30-27 (2OT)
2009 Clemson Kentucky 21-13
2008 Vanderbilt Boston College 16-14
2007 Kentucky Florida State 35-28
2006 Kentucky Clemson 28-20
2005 Virginia Minnesota 34-31
2004 Minnesota Alabama 20-16
2003 Auburn Wisconsin 28-14
2002 Minnesota Arkansas 29-14
2001 Boston College Georgia 20-16
2000 West Virginia Mississippi 49-38

Underdogs have won three of the last four matchups, as the 2019 installment watched Louisville capture a 38-28 victory over Mississippi State as a short underdog. The 'over' cashed with a late push and is on a 3-0 run in this bowl matchup.

Kentucky has made the most appearances in this bowl with six, followed by Minnesota with three visits to Nashville since 2002.

In 2020, the COVID-19 global pandemic wiped out the game. The bowl returned on Dec. 30, 2021, and it was worth the two-year wait. Tennessee and Purdue played in front of a sold-out crowd at Nissan Stadium. In a wild game with many twists and turns, Purdue outlasted Tennessee 48-45 in overtime.

The SEC has supplied a participant in 21 of the 22 Music City Bowls conducted. The lone exception was the 2005 Music City Bowl when there weren’t enough bowl-eligible teams from the conference.

Louisville became the fifth team to win multiple Music City Bowls in 2019. The Cardinals joined Auburn and Vanderbilt as teams that are 2-0 in this game, and Minnesota is 2-1.

Kentucky hasn’t had as much luck, with a record of 2-3 in five bowl appearances.

Alabama is the only team to make multiple appearances at the Music City Bowl and not pick up a win. The Crimson Tide fell to Virginia Tech in the inaugural Music City Bowl, and they couldn’t get past Minnesota in 2004.

Most All-Time Wins

WINS TEAM YEARS WON
2 Louisville 2015, 2019
2 Kentucky 2006, 2007
2 Minnesota 2002, 2004
2 Vanderbilt 2008, 2012
2 Auburn 2003, 2018

The SEC has supplied a participant in 21 of the 22 Music City Bowls that have been conducted. The lone exception was the 2005 Music City Bowl when there weren’t enough bowl eligible teams from the conference.

Louisville became the fifth team to win multiple Music City Bowls in 2019. The Cardinals joined Auburn and Vanderbilt as teams that are 2-0 in this game, and Minnesota is 2-1.

Kentucky hasn’t had as much luck though with a record of 2-3 in five bowl appearances.

The only team to make multiple appearances at the Music City Bowl and not pick up a win is Alabama. The Crimson Tide fell to Virginia Tech in the inaugural Music City Bowl, and they couldn’t get past Minnesota in 2004.

2022-23 College Football Bowl Games

DATE BOWL TIME (ET) / TV MATCHUP
Dec. 16 Bahamas Bowl 11:30 AM / ESPN Miami (Ohio) vs. UAB
Dec. 16 Cure Bowl 3:00 PM / ESPN Troy vs. UTSA
Dec. 17 Fenway Bowl 11:00 AM / ESPN Cincinnati vs. Louisville
Dec. 17 Celebration Bowl 12:00 PM / ABC Jackson State vs. North Carolina Central
Dec. 17 New Mexico Bowl 2:15 PM / ESPN BYU vs. SMU
Dec. 17 LA Bowl 3:30 PM / ABC Fresno State vs. Washington State
Dec. 17 Lendingtree Bowl 5:45 PM / ESPN Southern Miss vs. Rice
Dec. 17 Las Vegas Bowl 7:30 PM / ESPN Florida vs. Oregon State
Dec. 17 Frisco Bowl 9:15 PM / ESPN Boise State vs. North Texas
Dec. 19 Myrtle Beach Bowl 2:30 PM / ESPN UConn vs. Marshall
Dec. 20 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl 3:30 PM / ESPN San Jose State vs. Eastern Michigan
Dec. 20 Boca Raton Bowl 7:30 PM / ESPN Toledo vs. Liberty
Dec. 21 New Orleans Bowl 9:00 PM / ESPN South Alabama vs. Western Kentucky
Dec. 22 Armed Forces Bowl 7:30 PM / ESPN Air Force vs. Baylor
Dec. 23 Independence Bowl 3:00 PM / ESPN Houston vs. Louisiana
Dec. 23 Gasparilla Bowl 6:30 PM / ESPN Missouri vs. Wake Forest
Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl 8:00 PM / ESPN Middle Tennessee vs. San Diego State
Dec. 26 Quick Lane Bowl 2:30 PM / ESPN New Mexico State vs. Bowling Green
Dec. 27 Camellia Bowl 12:00 PM / ESPN Georgia Southern vs. Buffalo
Dec. 27 First Responder Bowl 3:15 PM / ESPN Utah State vs. Memphis
Dec. 27 Birmingham Bowl 6:45 PM / ESPN East Carolina vs. Coastal Carolina
Dec. 27 Guaranteed Rate Bowl 10:15 PM / ESPN Wisconsin vs. Oklahoma State
Dec. 28 Military Bowl 2:00 PM / ESPN Duke vs. UCF
Dec. 28 Liberty Bowl 5:30 PM / ESPN Arkansas vs. Kansas
Dec. 28 Holiday Bowl 8:00 PM / FOX Oregon vs. North Carolina
Dec. 28 Texas Bowl 9:00 PM / ESPN Texas Tech vs. Ole Miss
Dec. 29 Pinstripe Bowl 2:00 PM / ESPN Syracuse vs. Minnesota
Dec. 29 Cheez-It Bowl 5:30 PM / ESPN Florida State vs. Oklahoma
Dec. 29 Alamo Bowl 9:00 PM / ESPN Washington vs. Texas
Dec. 30 Duke's Mayo Bowl 12:00 PM / ESPN Maryland vs. NC State
Dec. 30 Sun Bowl 2:00 PM / CBS Pitt vs. UCLA
Dec. 30 Gator Bowl 3:30 PM / ESPN Notre Dame vs. South Carolina
Dec. 30 Arizona Bowl 4:30 PM (Barstool) Ohio vs. Wyoming
Dec. 30 Orange Bowl 8:00 PM / ESPN Clemson vs. Tennessee
Dec. 31 Music City Bowl 12:00 PM / ABC Kentucky vs. Iowa
Dec. 31 Sugar Bowl 12:00 PM / ESPN Alabama vs. Kansas State
Dec. 31 Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl 4:00 PM / ESPN No. 1 Georgia vs. No 4. Ohio State
Dec. 31 VRBO Fiesta Bowl 8:00 PM / ESPN No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 3 TCU
Jan. 2 ReliaQuest Bowl 12:00 PM / ESPN2 Illinois vs. Mississippi State
Jan. 2 Cotton Bowl 1:00 PM / ESPN USC vs. Tulane
Jan. 2 Citrus Bowl 1:00 PM / ABC LSU vs. Purdue
Jan. 2 Rose Bowl 5:00 PM / ESPN Penn State vs. Utah
Jan. 9 CFP National Championship Game TBD / ESPN CFP Semifinals Winners

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