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TaxSlayer Bowl

TaxSlayer Bowl

The Kentucky Wildcats make their first bowl game appearance since 2010 when they take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on New Year's Eve in the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl. The Yellow Jackets are coming off an 8-3 campaign, and return to the postseason following a one-year absence.

Kickoff: Saturday, December 31 @ 11 a.m. ET
Location: EverBank Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida
Additional Read: Georgia Tech vs Kentucky Betting

2016 TaxSlayer Bowl Odds
TeamOpening Line
Georgia Tech-3.5
Kentucky+3.5
Over/Under60.5

Odds at Bovada

Team Records
TeamConf.SUATSOU
Georgia TechACC8-46-57-4
KentuckySEC7-57-57-5

TaxSlayer Bowl Matchup

The 7-5 Wildcats posted their first winning season since 2009, claiming bowl eligibility by closing out the campaign on a two-game SU win streak. Kentucky handed the disheartened Louisville Cardinals a 41-38 loss as 27.5-point underdogs in their season finale after dominating Austin Peay 49-13 as 44.5-point chalk a week earlier.

The Wildcats' upset of the Cardinals extended their strong play as betting underdogs this season. Kentucky is 5-1 against the spread over its past six as underdogs, winning outright on three occasions, including back-to-back victories as 6.5-point underdogs over Mississippi State and Missouri in October.

The high-flying Yellow Jackets hit the postseason riding a three-game SU and ATS win streak, including a pair of upset victories. Georgia Tech eked out a 28-27 win over Georgia as a 4.5-point underdog on Rivalry Weekend, and shocked Virginia Tech 30-20 as a 14-point underdog two weeks earlier.

Georgia Tech has won five of six SU, but has been streaky at the sportsbooks, going 5-5 ATS on the season, and just 3-2 ATS as betting chalk. The point total has gone UNDER twice during the Yellow Jackets' current tear, ending a 5-0 run for the OVER, during which the team went 2-3 SU and ATS.

Last year's absence from the postseason ended a stretch of 18 straight bowl game appearances for the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech recorded a 49-34 win over Mississippi State as a 6-point underdog in the 2014-15 Orange Bowl, but is just 2-8 SU and 4-6 ATS in its past 10 bowl games.

This is the first gridiron meeting between these two schools since 1960. Georgia Tech has held the upper hand in recent clashes with SEC opponents, going 4-1 SU and ATS in its past five. Conversely, the Wildcats have struggled against ACC squads, going 1-3 SU and 2-2 ATS.

2016 TaxSlayer Bowl Betting Trends
  • Kentucky is 7-2 ATS in its last nine games.
  • Kentucky is 1-6 SU and 2-5 ATS in its last seven games against the ACC.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of Kentucky's last seven games in the postseason.
  • Georgia Tech is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games in the postseason.
  • The total has gone OVER in six of Georgia Tech's last eight games.
  • Georgia Tech is 7-2 SU and 8-1 ATS in its last nine games after winning as an underdog.

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TaxSlayer Bowl History
YearBowlTeamScoreTeamScoreSpreadATS WinnerSU Winner
1995Gator BowlSyracuse41Clemson0-2SYRACUSYRACU
1996Gator BowlNorth Carolina20West Virginia13+6UNCUNC
1997Gator BowlVirginia Tech3North Carolina42-9UNCUNC
1998Gator BowlGeorgia Tech35Notre Dame28+2.5GATECHGATECH
1999Gator BowlMiami28Georgia Tech13-4.5MIAMIMIAMI
2000Gator BowlClemson20Virginia Tech41-6.5VTECHVTECH
2001Gator BowlVirginia Tech17Florida State30EvFLASTFLAST
2002Gator BowlNorth Carolina State28Notre Dame6+2N.C.STN.C.ST
2003Gator BowlWest Virginia7Maryland41-4.5MARYLMARYL
2004Gator BowlWest Virginia18Florida State30-9.5FLASTFLAST
2005Gator BowlLouisville24Virginia Tech35-9.5VTECHVTECH
2006Gator BowlGeorgia Tech35West Virginia38-9GATECHWESTV
2007Gator BowlTexas Tech31Virginia28+6.5VIRGNATXTECH
2008Gator BowlClemson21Nebraska26-1NEBRNEBR
2009Gator BowlFlorida State33West Virginia21-2.5FLASTFLAST
2010Gator BowlMichigan14Mississippi State52-3MIS.STMIS.ST
2011Gator BowlFlorida24Ohio State17+2.5FLAFLA
2012Gator BowlNorthwestern34Mississippi State20-1NWESTNWEST
2013Gator BowlGeorgia19Nebraska24+8.5NEBNEB
2014TaxSlayer BowlIowa28Tennessee45-3TennesseeTennessee
2015TaxSlayer BowlGeorgia24Penn State17+6.5GeorgiaGeorgia
2016TaxSlayer BowlGeorgia Tech-Kentucky-+3.5  
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