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 Nashville. 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.
“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.
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