The Hawkeyes will travel to Nashville, Tennessee, to take on the Wildcats at 11 a.m. on Dec. 31 at Nissan Stadium.
The Iowa football team will head to Nashville for New Years Eve.
The 7-5 Hawkeyes will take on the 7-5 Kentucky Wildcats in the Music City Bowl at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee on Dec. 31. Iowa and Kentucky will meet for the second consecutive bowl game.
Iowa lost to Kentucky in the 2022 Citrus Bowl, played on Jan. 1 in Orlando, Florida, 20-17.
The two teams’ second-ever meeting will have less firepower. Iowa will be without starting quarterback Spencer Petras and backup Alex Padilla, and head coach Kirk Ferentz said the Hawkeyes will start third-string Joe Labas or fourth-string true freshman Carson May. Petras suffered a season-ending injury on Nov. 25, and Padilla entered the transfer portal.
Wide receivers Keagan Johnson and Arland Bruce and running back Gavin Williams also entered the transfer portal, leaving the Hawkeyes with three scholarship wide receivers.
The Wildcats’ offense will also be depleted on Dec. 31.
Starting quarterback Will Levis opted out of the bowl game to prepare for the 2023 NFL Draft, in which he is a projected first-round pick. Levis completed 17 of 28 passes for 233 yards and a touchdown against the Hawkeyes in the Citrus Bowl.
Running back Chris Rodriguez, who had 112 rushing yards and two touchdowns against the Hawkeyes last season, also elected to declare for the 2023 NFL Draft.
Quarterback Kaiya Sheron is expected to start for the Wildcats in the Music City Bowl. Sheron has appeared in two games this season, starting one against South Carolina. Overall, he has completed 17 of his 29 passes in 2022 for 187 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.
Below is the Music City Bowl game information. Check out stories from The Daily Iowan’s pregame staff at https://dailyiowan.com/pregame/ and on stands now.
Matchup: Iowa (7-5, 5-4 Big Ten) vs. Kentucky (7-5, 3-5 SEC)
Scheduled game time: Dec. 31 at 11 a.m.
Location: Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee
Weather: 48 degrees
Announcers: Matt Barrie (play-by-play), Louis Riddick (color analyst), Harry Lyles Jr. (sideline)
Radio: Hawkeye Radio Network
Betting information: LINE: Iowa -2.5 | O/U 31.5
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