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December trips to Nashville are in danger for UK fans

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 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.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

39 Comments for December trips to Nashville are in danger for UK fans

  1. string music
    10:33 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    where is the like button?

  2. barn
    10:41 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    five conference wins would make more sense

  3. carlos toomer
    10:48 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    I like this for the good college football (and WKU would’ve gone bowling last year.) I dislike it because this dooms the UK/UL series.

  4. Mark Wilson
    11:18 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    bring on the playoffs

  5. ShawnP
    11:24 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Joker can’t make six and now they raise it to seven. This is the nail in the coffin of Joker’s coaching career.

  6. GoCats2
    11:24 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Not sure about the complaint that 70 teams played in a bowl game last year being too many. There are 68 teams in the NCAA tourney plus the NIT and that other tourney(CBA?) That means about 100 basketball teams make a post season. I cant imagine that they are actually CUTTING bowl games?

    11:25 am January 25, 2012 Permalink


  8. Tomas
    11:26 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    This is great news. I am tired of rewarding mediocrity. And comparing basketball to football is ridiculous. Basketball rewards conference winners. 32 of that 68 are conference champions who won their way to the tournament. This also is the first step to bringing a playoff system.

  9. GoCats2
    11:28 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    sweet poll results on ESPN. Question was How confident are you that you can identify the best team in College Basketball? One state is very confident.

  10. Jim
    11:28 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    “70 teams played in a bowl game this past season. That’s WAY too many.” But WHY is that too many? What’s the difference between 70 teams and 40-something teams? Besides the national championship and whatever bowl game your team is playing in, who cares about any of the other bowl games, really? They’re all sort of pointless.

  11. Guck Foodman.
    11:29 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Honestly, you really don’t deserve a bowl without 7 wins.

  12. Coach Durbin
    11:33 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Why is 70 too many? The bowls wouldn’t be put on if they didn’t make money from sponsorships, TV contracts and boosts to the local ecomony. Bumping it from 6 to 7 wins would eliminate teams like Florida, Ohio State, Mississippi State, Texas A & M, Vandy, and Illinois from this year’s bowl season. Who would the bowls rather have, those teams or Western Kentucky as the above poster mentioned? And which communities do you take a bowl game from with the increase in hotel and restaurant revenues? So what if only 30k people show up for some of the “lesser” games? As long as people are going it doesn’t matter. I for one enjoy having a football game on every day for about a 2 week span. This post is written like a basketball fan who only goes to the football games to tailgate.

  13. Coach Durbin
    11:35 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    #8, the #11 Big East team with a spot in the NCAA tournament last year. That is the equivalent of a 6-6 football team.

  14. Tomas
    11:37 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    13. Basketball is a different sport. UConn finished 10th in the Big East last year and won the the championship. A 6-6 Illinios team could not win a playoff format in college football. You are comparing apples and oranges.

  15. jc
    11:38 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Sounds good to me – there’s WAAAAY too many bowl games. Playing in a bowl should be a reward for a strong, successful season; not an entitlement for achieving mediocrity.

    Sorry Cats, I love you but if you can’t post a winning record, you don’t deserve a bowl.

  16. Tomas
    11:39 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    12. And it matters because for the reasons you are mentioning is why the keep refusing to give us a playoff system. I would rather have 8 quality games to determine a champion than watching Rutgers and Iowa State. The game means nothing.

  17. jc
    11:44 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Durb – so we should have as many bowl games as the free market allows?? No restrictions?

    Should the decisions be made COMPLETELY on an economic basis?

    Why bother with having a limit at all? I’m sure most bowls would rather have a Florida team with a losing record than a 9-3 UK team.

  18. tom
    11:48 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    As long as sponsors continue to step up and lay out a pot of money, keep all the bowl games. The NCAA / BCS have made a number of the bowl games ‘special’ already.

    But making a bowl game is good for the athletic department coffers, good for the teams (xtra month of practice), good for the networks that carry the games, good for the players and fans. What’s wrong with them?

  19. A Rational Fan
    11:51 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    It will probably take 7 wins for an SEC team to get in a bowl anyway. With 14 teams, there will probably be 10 every year with 6+ wins. There just aren’t enough slots. And I think the days are gone when UK could guarantee a full stadium for even the lowliest of bowls. In the past that got us in ahead of other similarly mediocre teams.

  20. kybigblue
    11:54 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Since 70 teams including the championship game go bowling each year that would mean approx. one out of every five teams got to a bowl with a 6-6 record. It won’t likely change because there is too much money involved.

  21. Cherith Cutestory
    11:54 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    The more football on tv the better everyone knows which bowls are prestigious and which are joke…

  22. barn
    11:55 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    6)the difference is that the ncaa bb tourny eventually determines a national champion. all but one of the football bowls mean nothing.

  23. Tomas
    11:55 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    18. Whats wrong with them is they are keeping us from determning a true national champion. Because people like you keep making excuses. College football is the only sport that is decided on a beauty pageant rather than on the field. And good for the networks? You mean network, singular. Its good for ESPN and no one else. Fox and CBS carry what one game each. Good for the players? What abou denying the players a chance to win a true national championship after they earned it. Good for the fans? The fans are being denied the best product because they find a way to make an extra buck. The extra month of practice does nothing. How has Kentucky improved with the last month practice in their last few bowl games?

  24. Tomas
    11:59 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    22. The more football on tv the better? All the bowls are a joke because none of them determine a true national champion. Get rid of the bowls completely and have a 16 team playoff. Cut down to 4 16 team conferences. Have a the two division winners make the 16 team playoff and play it out. So simple but yet it will never happen because greedy, doughy, white men will never allow it to happen because they get to much money for meaningless games. These bowl games aren’t even selling out stadiums. Why am I forced to watch Marchall and FIU play in a 1/4 full St. Petersburg Bowl?

  25. UK Rifle >>>> WVU Rifle
    11:59 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Bowls are not about winning, but about making money for the bowl promoters and the networks. There are too many bowls, and it is hurting both live numbers and TV ratings – just look at the past bowl numbers. The SEC and B1G send fans to bowl games so they are probably safe with 6-6 teams. Future SEC school A&M had one of the best attendance numbers for bowl season and they went 6-6, and played a 6-6 Northwestern team from the B1G. If I had to hazard a guess it may look like this :

    SEC or B1G school : win 6 and you are in
    PAC or ACC or B12 school : win 6 and you might get in
    Big East or non AQ school : win 7 and you are in

    The bigger issue is bowl realignment
    Big East and Big 12 lost schools, and the PAC and SEC gained schools

  26. Tomas
    11:59 am January 25, 2012 Permalink

    I meant 21 not 22

  27. DTG
    12:17 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    God forbid we strive to improve our program…
    Personally, I’m done with Nashville anyway- been there done that. How many times can a fan base get excited about a 6 or 7 win team to the Music City Bowl… how about work for 8 or 9 wins and a Florida-based bowl for a change. I hope the change happens… We’re all just a bunch of sheep in the present bowl system…

  28. SexnNursinHomes
    12:36 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    going 500. for the season is not bowl worthy. Rewarding underachievement. What a great message to send.

    6-6 sucks.

  29. BlueFins
    12:40 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe then we’ll “Step up our game” and quit settling for average. GA is great for recruiting, but we need to drive further south on I-75 to pick up some recruits.

  30. minton
    12:40 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Is that Cats fan getting kissed by a tranny?

  31. SexnNursinHomes
    12:45 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    30- hahaha we have to settle for a tranny, because UK fans think 6-6(kissin’ a tranny) should be rewarded with a shitty bowl game.

  32. catfandan
    12:51 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    WOW…Makes the non hire of Mike Leach look even worse…Way to go guys….Guys Matt, Oscar and crew are even happier now..UK football just became even less significiant…

  33. Joe
    12:51 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    I’m fine with it. 14 teams didn’t make 7 wins last year and were in bowl games. This meaning that if you take out those 14, and Ball State, which also went 6-6 and didn’t get a bowl invite, you’d have 57 bowl eligible teams (the 56 that went with 7+ wins, and WKU which won 7 and got left out). That’s 28 bowl games, as opposed to 35. Would anybody really miss those other 7?

  34. Blueburg
    1:07 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Needing more wins means there’s a greater chance Joker won’t be able to sneak thru another season and still wind up being the coach.

  35. Hoosier Wild Cat
    5:01 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe now we will get a coach who is a winner. Bear was the LAST coach to leave Kentucky and be a winner in division 1. WE, the Kentucky’s AD’s have not hired a winner since. Believe me I am a 1942 model and remember all of those losers. MAtt needs to lay off the ” we will never be able to compete” crap. All it takes is a coach. All that takes in the money to hire one.

  36. ukgrad2004
    5:21 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    As far as being more competitive is concerned, I don’t think UK football is as far away from it as many like to think we are. Since 2006, we have finished no worse than 2-6 in the conference. All Joker really needs to do to be considered a success is average two more league wins per year. 4-4 in the SEC on a consistent basis will get you to second-tier bowls, which (for UK) would be wonderful. At this point, pretty much anything above 5th place would make most fans ecstatic.

  37. OldUKBob.
    5:51 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Is that Wanda from the 60’s UK campus? I didn’t know she was still around.

  38. Pat
    9:09 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Hey that’s Doug Claunch from Somerset & he’s my lover!

  39. Ratface
    9:12 pm January 25, 2012 Permalink

    Noodles !!!!