The Kentucky Wildcats (4-6) will take on the No. 23-ranked North Carolina State Wolfpack (8-3) in the Tax Slayer Gator Bowl at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida on Jan. 2, 2021.
Las vegas bookmakers opened this game Northe Carolina State (-3) with a total of (52.5) and the line currently sits at Kentucky (-2.5) O/U (50.5) in most sportsbooks.
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North Carolina State is 3-2 in bowl games under current head coach Dave Doeren but lost their last trip to the Gator Bowl versus Texas A&M in 2018.
Kentucky is 2-2 in bowl games under head coach Mark Stoops’ watch. The Wildcats also lost their last trip to the Gator Bowl to Georgia Tech in 2016 but are coming off of a 2020 Belk Bowl win over Virginia Tech last season.
NC State come in on a four-game winning streak after a loss to Miami.
KENTUCKY is 7-0 ATS(L7G) – Non-conference games
• NC STATE is 1-7 ATS(L8G) – VS SEC
• NC STATE is 13-2 UNDER(L15G) – [vs OPP] After a blowout SU win of 20 points or more
The Wolf Pack were 4-1 in games decided by 7 points or less.While Kentucky played the tougher schedule and deserves to be the chalk in this one we are going to lean towards NC State + pts to come out on top.
Prediction: NC State 27, Kentucky 24 (Take the +2.5pts with the Wolfpack)