It’s official. Â For the first time in eight years, Kentucky will finish the season in the Music City Bowl.
Mark Stoops’ 7-5 Wildcats will take on Northwestern at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.Â The December 29 matchup with the Wildcats kicks off at 4:30 ET on ESPN, three-and-a-half hours after Coach Cal’s Cats tip off against Louisville at Rupp Arena on CBS.
Mark Stoops and Mitch Barnhart issues statements following the official announcement.
â€œWeâ€™re very excited to have earned another bowl bid and honored to receive an invitation from the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl,â€ UK Coach Mark Stoops said. â€œKentucky has a long history with this game and fans love going to Nashville. Taking on Northwestern will be a great challenge and we look forward to an exciting game.â€
â€œWe are proud to participate in the 20th Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl and thankful to Scott Ramsey and the Nashville Sports Council for the invitation,â€ Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. â€œCongratulations to Coach Stoops and our team for reaching a bowl game for a second season in a row. The Big Blue Nation has made Nashville a second home for us and fan support is going to be so important as our team works for its eighth win. Dec. 29 is going to be a big day for the University of Kentucky.â€
Following a five-year postseason drought, Stoops has led Kentucky to consecutive bowl berths. Â After falling to Georgia Tech in the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl, the Cats return to their postseason home away from home. Â Rich Brooks brought UK to the Music City Bowl three times from 2006-09. Â Kentucky’s 28-20 win over Clemson in 2006 was the Cats’ first postseason victory in 22 years. Â The following year UK defeated Florida State 35-28 in Andre Woodson’s final game.
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