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Music City Bowl Live Score Updates

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NASHVILLE — For the first time in 36 days, the Iowa Hawkeyes (7-5) will return to the football field as they face Kentucky (7-5) in Saturday’s Music City Bowl game (11 a.m., ABC) .

However, the team they will form is quite different from the one they had for much of the regular season.

It comes after the transfers of nine players, including starters Arland Bruce IV, Keagan Johnson and Jestin Jacobs.

In addition to those departures, star safety Kaevon Merriweather announced his decision to declare himself for the 2023 NFL Draft and subsequently retired from the bowling game.

While the loss of so many familiar faces can be disheartening, it has allowed several young players to get more reps.

A prime example is rookie Joe Labas, who will be making his first career start at quarterback. A member of the Hawkeyes’ recruiting class of 2021, Labas was a three-star recruit from Ohio who helped his high school team reach the state playoffs during his junior and senior seasons.

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