The Kentucky Wildcats (4-6) are officially heading to a bowl game for a program-record tying fifth straight season.
Sunday, Brett McMurphy of Stadium reported that the Wildcats will take on the No. 23 North Carolina State Wolfpack (8-3) in the Gator Bowl.
Kentucky vs. NC State in Gator Bowl, sources told @Stadium
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 20, 2020
The game will take place on Jan. 2 at Jacksonville’s TIAA Bank Field. It will mark Kentucky’s second all-time trip to the Gator Bowl and first since 2016 when they lost to Georgia Tech. North Carolina State last appeared in the Gator Bowl in 2018 where they were defeated by Texas A&M.
The Wolfpack finished 8-3 during the regular season while posting a 7-3 conference record. Their losses came against No. 13 North Carolina, Virginia Tech and No. 18 Miami while their victories included defeating Virginia, Pittsburgh and Wake Forrest.
The matchup will mark just the second matchup between NC State and UK. North Carolina State defeated UK in 1909 while Kentucky took down the Wolfpack in 1970.
Kentucky is 10-9 all-time in bowl games and have won each of their last two as they defeated Penn State in the 2019 Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day and Virginia Tech in the 2019 Belk Bowl on New Year’s Eve.