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Athlon predicts a bowl game for the Wildcats


Athlon Sports recently released its bowl projections for the upcoming college football season and HEY LOOK WE MADE THE LIST!!!!

Athlon predicts Kentucky will meet Connecticut in the Birmingham Bowl. That game is set for December 29 in, well, Birmingham.

This is the same publication that predicted a 6-6 season for the Wildcats in an earlier article. It cites “home games against South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State combined with the returning talent on offense” as the push toward the first bowl game since 2010.

Read all of the bowl predictions here.


Article written by Drew Franklin

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5 Comments for Athlon predicts a bowl game for the Wildcats

  1. dshwildcats
    10:49 am July 8, 2016 Permalink

    I went to Birmingham Joker’s first year (it was the BBVA Compass Bowl then), and I was steaming by the time I left the stadium that afternoon. That was a team that acted like they didn’t want to be there, and it definitely showed by their performance on the field. Losing to a Pitt team that was in freefall, from a coaching standpoint, made it that much harder to stomach! It was that game that really made me start having concerns about Joker as the HC. Morgan Newton just couldn’t get the offense moving that day. But instead of Joker giving Ryan Mossakowski (another 4 star QB coming out of high school) a chance to see what he could do, he stubbornly stayed with Newton. Things continued to go south after that bowl game; and, Mossakowski decided to transfer a month or two after that.

  2. BluKudzu
    11:26 am July 8, 2016 Permalink

    And this is the measure of progress! A struggle for .500, 6-6, bottom tier of the SEC, with a chance to play in one of the most insignificant bowls ever.
    Next time, hire a coach with experience before you gaurantee him NFL money.
    This is the most mismanaged football program in the NCAA, at any level.
    Please don’t use the recent investment into the program as evidence of Barhart’s commitment to football. That just brought us to the level of where the rest of the conference was 20 years ago.

  3. Howdy Doody
    12:15 pm July 8, 2016 Permalink

    Yeah, and I have tonites winning $500 Million Dollar Lottery Ticket in my hand….
    ONE publication says we can win 6 games…
    Break out the top shelf Bourbon Whiskey…

  4. jr1122
    1:17 pm July 8, 2016 Permalink

    A 6-6 season and bottom tier bowl?? Sorry guys. My optimism for UK football left 2 years ago. Were not getting better, I dont care how we look in practice. I can almost smell an upset by Southern Miss. Football will always play second fiddle at UK. This is the make or break year for Stoops, if hes anything under 7-5 (which is still sad), let him go. We were good in the last 20 years with Mumme and Couch(the only beat to ever beat Alabama btw), and got caught paying players…go back to that.

    • dshwildcats
      3:32 pm July 8, 2016 Permalink


      I definitely understand your lack of optimism, brother! This fall will mark my 45th year of following Kentucky Football (starting listening to Cawood call Kentucky games on the radio when I was 6 years old!). My wife has questioned my intelligence, and sanity, on numerous occasions! Lol!! I think I know what it must be like to be a Cubs fan.

      I realize that Kentucky is never going to be a program that is going to consistently compete for SEC Championships, let alone National Championships (we’ll leave those type of delusions to the Louisville fans!). But, I don’t think it’s too much to ask for this program to be more competitive on a regular basis. You’ve already mentioned the couple of good years with Mumme. I would also point out what Rich Brooks was able to accomplish in his tenure, which to me, exceeds what Mumme did. Brooks took over a program with very little football tradition, that was also reeling from the effects of NCAA probation. Once he finally got the ball rolling, he posted back-to-back 8 win seasons (including bowl games) (2006-2007); and, back-to-back 7 win seasons (2008-2009), while winning 3 bowl games in the process, and claiming a win over the #1 team in the nation, and eventual National Champion in 2007.

      I think Brooks proved that Kentucky can be competitive most years; and he did it with far less talent (if you base things only on the recruiting rankings) than Stoops has been able to bring to Lexington. But, I think Brooks and his staff were much better at player development than Stoops has been. You saw players get better over time (i.e. Woodson, Burton, Tamme, Woodyard, etc.). I’m not seeing that with the program right now. Patrick Towles is the perfect example. I’m interested to see how Patrick does at Boston College this coming season (I’ll be pulling for him!). Matt Elam is another example of a player who hasn’t lived up to the hype under this staff.

      Maybe the team and coaching staff will surprise us this season and be much better than any of us, or the national media, expect! As a Kentucky Football fan, sometimes all you have is hope! Hang in there, jr1122!!