Regardless of how you feel about UK football or their recent obsession with bowl games in Tennessee, you love making a trip to Nashville with Big Blue Nation. I know you do. It just doesn’t get much better than thousands of UK blue t-shirts filling Broadway for a pregame tailgate or postgame hammerfest after an event like the Music City Bowl. We joke about Kentucky making the low-level bowl game three times in four years, but once we’re there, it’s nothing but a blast for everyone.
But that trip to Nashville — which we haven’t made since 2009 — could be in jeopardy. And it has nothing to do with The Stage, Wildhorse, Tootsie’s, Cadillac Ranch, Paradise Park, The Big Bang, Brewhouse, Brickhouse, Buck Wild or Margaritaville.
College football sources told CBSSports.com that there’s “strong support” to increase bowl eligibility from six to seven wins. That’s bad news for the Cats, who have won seven games in a season just once in the last four years. The SEC is getting tougher (Louisville, too) so reaching that seven win mark will take a special season in Lexington.
The new eligibility wouldn’t just be bad for Kentucky, though; it could be bad for a lot of teams. In the last two seasons, 27 teams have made a bowl game with six regular season wins.
Our own Kentucky fandom aside, the new rule would be better for postseason college football. As many as 12 bowl games could be cut from the schedule, making it more meaningful to play in an extra game. 70 teams played in a bowl game this past season. That’s WAY too many.