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Kentucky Wildcats Football vs NC State game time, TV channel, online stream, odds, replay


#For the fifth year in a row, the #Kentucky #Wildcats are going bowling. #In a bookend of sorts for the fifth-year seniors, #Kentucky is heading back to the #TaxSlayer #Gator #Bowl in #Jacksonville.

#This time, the #Cats will face off against the NC #State #Wolfpack.

#It looks like #Kentucky will have a fairly full, healthy roster heading into #Jacksonville this weekend. JJ #Weaver is out due to an ACL injury, and #Kelvin #Joseph has already opted out to prepare for the NFL #Draft.

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#Otherwise, the #Wildcats will have their best guys on the field as they seek out their third consecutive bowl win in what’s also the fifth-straight bowl they’ve made under #Mark #Stoops, tying a school record.

NC #State is in a similar boat. They have lost a few role players to transfer, but the one absent player that really hurts is free safety #Tanner #Ingle. #Ingle was ejected from three games this season due to targeting, and the result of his most recent ejection is a suspension for the entirety of the #Gator #Bowl.

NC #State finished the regular season with a record of 8-3. Their losses came to #Miami, #North #Carolina, and #Virginia #Tech (who #Kentucky beat in the #Belk #Bowl last year). Their most notable wins were over #Liberty, #Pitt, and the shell of a program formerly known as #Florida #State.

#Kentucky, of course, faced an SEC-only schedule and ended the year 4-6. #However, four of #Kentucky’s six losses were to teams that finished in the top eight of the #College #Football #Playoff ranking (#Alabama, #Georgia, #Florida, and #Auburn). A bowl win would not get them back to .500, but it would be a great end to a trying season.

The #Wolfpack is led offensively by junior quarterback #Bailey #Hockman, who is the nephew of former #Kentucky quarterback #Ryan #Hockman.

The younger #Hockman has thrown for 1,820 yards and 12 touchdowns this season, and he is completing nearly 64% of his passes.

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The #Wolfpack have four pass-catchers with 26+ grabs and 400+ receiving yards, so they can spread out opposing defenses.

#Senior wide receiver #Emeka #Emezie leads the team in catches (42) and receiving yards (694) to go with five touchdown grabs.

#Junior receiver #Thayer #Thomas is right behind him with 39 catches for 483 yards and six scores. #Sophomore receiver #Devin #Carter has caught 26 balls for 442 yards and a pair of scores.

#Senior tight end #Cary #Angeline has 27 grabs for 412 yards and six scores, which is tied with #Thomas for the team-high in scoring grabs.

NC #State is led in rushing by a duo of backs, #Zonovan #Knight and #Ricky #Person. #Knight has 736 yards and nine touchdowns on the season, whereas #Person has rushed for 635 yards and four touchdowns.

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#Overall, NC #State is only 71st in the country in total offense with 391.5 yards per game. #Depending on which #Kentucky defense showed up, this could be a very low scoring game. #Kentucky was 117th in total offense with 311.8 yards per game, but that was with #Eddie #Gran at the helm. #With weeks to prepare and #Vince #Marrow calling the shots for the bowl game, the #Wildcats offense could look very different on #Saturday.

#Terry #Wilson will be starting at quarterback for the final time as a #Wildcat, ending an underappreciated career where he has done things individually and as part of the team that very few quarterbacks have ever done. AJ #Rose is looking to end his career on a high note as well, leaving #Lexington as a top-10 rusher in school history.

The #Wolfpack defense has not been impressive overall. #However, they are tied for ninth in the country with 32 sacks. #Senior defensive lineman #Daniel #Joseph leads the way with 6.5 sacks (tied for third in ACC) and is also tied for the team lead in tackles for a loss (9.5). #Five other NC #State defenders have at least three sacks.

#For the #Big #Blue #Wall, many of which are also in their last game as a #Wildcat, this will be a tall task to keep #Wilson’s jersey clean throughout the game.

#As with most bowl games, the outcome of this one is almost impossible to predict. #Despite the big difference in regular-season records, #Kentucky and NC #State match up very well on paper. #It should be a close, low-scoring affair.

#But with several weeks to prepare and the fact that neither team has played a game in almost a month, really anything can happen.

NC #State #Wolfpack (8-3) vs. #Kentucky #Wildcats (4-6)

#Game #Time: 12 pm EST on #Saturday, #January 2nd

#Location: TIAA #Bank #Field in #Jacksonville, #Florida

TV #Channel: ESPN

#Announcers: #Anice #Shroff, #Tom #Luginbill, and #Lericia #Harris

#Online #Stream: #WatchESPN or use a free trial of fuboTV.

#Radio: #Tom #Leach and #Mike #Pratt will have the UK radio network call on 630 AM, 98.1 FM in #Lexington, and on the UK #Sports #Network.

#Odds: #Kentucky opened as a 2.5 point favorite. ESPN’s matchup predictor gives #Kentucky a 57.2% chance of victory.

#Replay: #WatchESPN and SEC #Network (check local listings).

#Tickets: #Buy here

#Rosters: UK | NCSU

#Predictions: #TeamRankings projects the #Cats to win 27-25, while numberFire projects a 21-20 victory for #Kentucky.

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