Kentucky will face Iowa in the Music City Bowl on Saturday, December 31st. The game is live streamed on fuboTV (free trial).
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops doesn’t mind playing Iowa for the second year in a row, even if the Music City Bowl falls short of the Citrus Bowl the team closed out last season.
Of course, his Wildcats won 20-17 to close out a 10-3 season.
Iowa (7-5) and Kentucky (7-5) will close out the season at Nissan Stadium, home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans. Neither team is ranked and lacks some of their respective key players.
Kentucky is missing quarterback Will Levis and running back Chris Rodriguez, and defensive back Kayvon Merriwether will not join fellow All-American linebacker Jack Campbell leading Iowa’s defense. selected. All three have opted to start preparing for his NFL Draft in April.
This is Iowa’s first trip to the Music City Bowl while Kentucky has a record sixth appearance. The Wildcats are looking to close out the season with their fifth consecutive bowl win and his eight wins, his fourth in five seasons.
When is the Music City Bowl?
The Kentucky and Iowa Music City Bowls are Saturday, December 31st at 11:00 am (noon ET).
Will it be live streamed?
The game will be streamed live on fuboTV which offers a free trial. The most basic plan is the “fubo standard” package which includes over 121 channels for $69.99/month. As with all Cordcutting alternatives, there are plenty of options, especially for sports, and it comes with a 1,000+ hour cloud-based he DVR and up to 10 screens at once.
What TV channels will be broadcast?
The Iowa and Kentucky Music City Bowls will air on ABC.
Kentucky Alternatives: With Levis gone, Kentucky has not shared his replacement. Kaiya Sheron is listed as starter “OR” Destin Wade on the Wildcats’ updated depth chart. Sheron started for the injured Levis in the loss to South Carolina, going 15-of-27 for 178 yards, two touchdowns and he recorded one interception.
JuTahn McClain is listed as the starting lineup before La’Vell Wright as backup. McLain appeared in nine games this season with 238 rushing yards that put him ranked third. He also had 15 catches for 93 yards and a touchdown.
“You have to step up and some guys like Chris have to play hard. It’s difficult,” Stoops said of Rodriguez’s replacement. “He’s a tough, physical guy and I hope they step up.”
Iowa quarterback: 3rd-year starter Spencer Petras sat out due to injury. Alex Padilla hit the transfer portal. As such, Ferenc will be the starting quarterback this season where he didn’t take a single snap.
Redshirt freshman Joe Lavas is ready to start, backed by freshman Carson May. Ferenc said no one knows who the Hawkeyes’ third quarterback will be.
“It’s a really insane situation. Yes, it’s Spencer who suffered the most here just because he got an injury that required surgery,” Ferenc said. “So that part is really hard. It’s hard to see him outside in a sling.”
Defensive Showdown: Kentucky ranked 11th in the nation with just 19.1 points per game. The Wildcats held top-ranked Georgia to 16 last month. They also rank 17th in the nation by allowing 320.2 total yards.
Campbell led the Iowa defense, giving up just 4.10 yards per play in the bowl subdivision. The Hawkeyes held opponents to 13 points or less in nine games and gave up 200 yards or less in five games.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.