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Kentucky will Return to the Music City Bowl


It’s official.  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 NashvilleThe 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.

“We’re very excited to have earned another bowl bid and honored to receive an invitation from the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl,” UK Coach Mark Stoops said. “Kentucky 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.”

“We 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,” Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “Congratulations 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.”

Following a five-year postseason drought, Stoops has led Kentucky to consecutive bowl berths.  After falling to Georgia Tech in the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl, the Cats return to their postseason home away from home.  Rich Brooks brought UK to the Music City Bowl three times from 2006-09.  Kentucky’s 28-20 win over Clemson in 2006 was the Cats’ first postseason victory in 22 years.  The following year UK defeated Florida State 35-28 in Andre Woodson’s final game.

Paint Nashville Blue.  Tickets start at just $22 and can be purchased here.  Get the good ones before they’re gone.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

31 responses to “Kentucky will Return to the Music City Bowl”

  1. My Dixie Wrecked

    Northwestern? Ouch.

    1. Eazy

      NW is tough actually.

    2. My Dixie Wrecked

      That’s exactly what I meant. This is a mismatch and it’s not in UK’s favor.

  2. Parker_UKFanNC

    I hate that both games are on a Friday and not a Saturday. I’ll miss the basketball game and see the second half of the football game cause of work. Shouldn’t have a 1 pm tip time on a weekday.

    1. Mathlete

      Sounds like you might come down with the blu that day

    2. Parker_UKFanNC

      Only problem is I don’t have sick days at the Amazon warehouse I work at.

    3. runningunnin.454

      You’re starting to look a little pale already….mono I’ll bet; may last 4 weeks.

  3. Mathlete

    I bet the wildcats win this one

    1. runningunnin.454

      You don’t say.

    2. DennyC

      How many kittycat fans go to THIS game??? Same day as Cards-Cats??? You’ll be able to get tickets game day for $7!!! LOL!!!

    3. KYcats11

      Nice job against SETON HALL!

    4. 502CodeRed

      Denny – The grounds crew at Nissan Stadium are happy they wont have to remove the tarps from the upper decks.

    5. Eazy

      Lol, you guys are ridiculous. UK will have way more fans at our bowl than Louisville will at theirs. Nice loss today by your Cards!!!

    6. Eazy

      Louisville will have less fans than we did at the same bowl last year, too. And you clowns are playing a team who just lost their coach and QB. What a joke.

    7. Eazy

      We are playing a team who is 9-3 and ranked. I don’t see Louisville in the top 25. Congrats on beating us but UL is not even a top 25 program and will suck going forward. UK is in a better bowl than UL. Just shows how meaningless that loss last week was.

    8. Eazy

      You can’t honestly be happy about playing a team without their coach and Qb?! But I’m sure you’ll act like it’s a big win! Louisville is trash and this is further proof.

    9. DennyC

      UL in a better bowl!?!?!LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!! Stop it! LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL.. you’re killing me!!!LOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!

    10. 502CodeRed

      I’m pretty sure Nashville is a lot closer than Jacksonville.
      And FWIW, The TaxSlayer Bowl payout is $3.5M. The Music City is $2.75. Stop, Eazy. Just stop.

  4. j

    Yeah, Northwestern might just hand us our third straight ass whoopin to close out the season.
    Should really help out recruiting.

  5. omegagavin

    Please little baby jesus let us shit in Mike Wilbon’s stocking by beating his Wildcats.

  6. runningunnin.454

    Damn, I wanted Iowa because they beat Ohio State; instead, we get a 9-3 team that beat Iowa.
    UL gets a Christmas gift…Mississippi State will be without their coach, and their starting quarterback.

    1. Eazy

      Exactly. Louisville’s game is a joke. We got a much tougher opponent.

    2. DennyC

      WHAAAAAAAAAA!!!! Whaaaaaaaa!!!!! You played the easiest schedule IN YOUR HISTORY!!!!! Will finish 7-6 and YOU JUST GAVE YOUR JOKE COACH A $250,000 BONUS AND YEAR EXTENSION FOR BEATING VANDY!!!LOLOLOLOL!!!!!!

    3. runningunnin.454

      Just curious, how many teams with a winning record did UL beat?

    4. runningunnin.454

      Waiting…waiting…waiting….times up.

  7. Blue Bill

    Take your negativity somewhere else asshole, I mean j.

  8. BigBlue4EverUK

    I will be at Basketball Ball game, wouldn’t mind riding down to Nashville for some good BBQ

  9. Miller45

    I’ll be there

  10. Le Docteur

    Watching those MCB clips brings back great memories. And if Dickey Lyons Jr. was playing NOW, he would be thrown out of just about every game for targeting. Loved that guy.

  11. j

    Blue Bill,
    Just still little frustrated with a few games this year.
    Hope the Cats in blue win by 40 in Nashville. BBN for life.
    Hope you and your family have a good Christmas brother.

  12. Eazy

    Louisville had less than 15,000 fans at their loss vs SH yesterday. Lol. They are done!!