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Music City Bowl Betting Preview: Northwestern Has Covered In Seven Straight Games

Kentucky and Northwestern haven’t met since 1928, but they’ll renew acquaintances in the Music City Bowl on December 29.

Xbet opened Kentucky as a 7-point underdog with a total of 51.

  • Kentucky is 1-7 ATS in its last eight games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of Kentucky’s last six games in December.
  • Northwestern is 5-2 ATS in its last seven games in the postseason.

This is the eighth bowl trip for Northwestern in the last 10 years. Pat Fitzgerald has done a great job of steering the program, as the team has won seven in a row heading into the Music City Bowl. Many pundits believed Northwestern deserved a better bowl designation, so whether they get up for this game is certainly up for debate.

Kentucky is in a bowl for the second year in a row under Mark Stoops after falling to Georgia Tech in the TaxSlayer Bowl last season. Kentucky hasn’t won a bowl game since 2008 when they beat East Carolina in the Liberty Bowl. The school is one of only two teams in the country to tie or improve its win total from the previous year in each of the last five seasons, proving things have come a long way in Lexington.

To say Northwestern has been on fire lately would be a massive understatement. In the team’s last seven games, they’re 7-0 SU and ATS.

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at OddsShark picked a 37-19 result in favor of Northwestern. Check the picks page or matchup report during the week as factors may cause that prediction to be re-run. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Kentucky Wildcats vs Northwestern Wildcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Kentucky Wildcats have seen them go 7-5 and 3-9 ATS so far this season, while the Northwestern Wildcats are at 9-3 and 9-3 ATS. In totals betting, Kentucky is 5-4-3, while Northwestern is 6-6. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Northwestern vs Kentucky injuries news.

According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's No. 23-rated Northwestern and No. 97-rated Kentucky in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Northwestern's No. 55-ranked offense, averaging 29.67 PPG, against a Kentucky defense that ranks No. 80 this week at 28.58 PPG. The Northwestern aerial game is averaging 244.25 yards per game, less than the Kentucky secondary allows through the air, 263.5 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, Kentucky owns the league's No. 57-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 166.4 yards per game when on the road. Northwestern, on the other hand, rates No. 87 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Benjamin Snell, Jr. tore up the turf for 211 rushing yards in the latest Kentucky game, a 44-17 loss to the Cardinals at Kroger Field.

Last time we saw the Fighting Illini, they had no answer for Justin Jackson as Northwestern rolled to a 42-7 victory at Memorial Stadium-Champaign.