Kentucky vs NC State: TaxSlayer Gator Prediction, Game Preview

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Kentucky vs NC State: TaxSlayer Gator Prediction, Game Preview

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Kentucky vs NC State: TaxSlayer Gator Prediction, Game Preview

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Kentucky vs NC State: TaxSlayer Gator Bowl prediction and game preview.


Kentucky vs NC State: TaxSlayer Gator Bowl Broadcast

Date: Saturday, January 2
Game Time: 12:00 pm ET
Venue: TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville, FL
Network: ESPN

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Three Reasons Why You Should Watch The TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

Sometimes bowl games are just bowl games, and sometimes they’re season-definers. It’s the latter for these two but for completely different reasons.

Kentucky had a disappointing losing campaign, but it’s in the bowl it likely would’ve been in had the schedule been normal – assume it would’ve had a few non-conference wins to build up the record. For a team that relies on a rock-steady style of play, it’s been a flaky year with a whole slew of blowouts for both good and bad. Winning this would make the season. On the flip side …

NC State had a strong record, it was the only team to beat Liberty, and it comes in this on a four-game winning streak. It’s not the most scintillating of teams, but it finds ways to get wins. It’s the sixth bowl game under head coach Dave Doeren after going 3-2 with the Wolfpack, while Kentucky’s Mark Stoops has won two in a row with this his fifth straight bowl appearance.

The SEC has owned this bowl over the last several seasons, going 5-1 – including a Texas A&M blowout over NC State in 2018, and with the lone loss a Kentucky gaffe to Georgia Tech in 2016 – but last year it took an epic finish for Tennessee to slip past Indiana. This matchup might not be that, but it should be close.

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