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Bowl Game Predictions: Where Does UK Stand?

Later on Sunday, the 7-5 Kentucky Wildcats will find out its fate for the final football game of the 2019 season. With the New Year’s Six bowls expected to be announced sometime around 3 p.m. on ESPN, the rest of the 37 bowl games are set to release their matchups shortly after.

There are still some final poll rankings that need to work themselves out before fans can get a clearer view of who the ‘Cats are going to play – and where. Those rankings should come out around 3 p.m., as well, which will then be followed by the bowl game announcements. The CFP teams will be announced first.

So where does Kentucky stand at this very moment? As of this morning, our own Matt Jones believes the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville is the most likely destination for Kentucky with either Indiana or Mark Stoops’ alma mater of Iowa as the opponent.

Had Wisconsin beaten The Ohio State on Saturday, Kentucky would have been looking at a possibility of the Belk Bowl, but a 34-21 victory for the Buckeyes has reduced the likelihood of that happening. There is still a chance that the fine people at the Belk Bowl invite the Wildcats down, but everything is trending towards a trip to Florida.

A fair amount of media personalities have the ‘Cats in the Gator Bowl, as well; Brett McMurphy (Stadium), Mark Schlabach (ESPN), and Brad Crawford (247Sports) all predict Kentucky will face Indiana in the Gator Bowl. It’ll likely come down to either the ‘Cats or Tennessee Volunteers as the SEC representative in the Gator Bowl. If the Vols are picked for the Music City Bowl, Kentucky is almost a sure bet for the Gator Bowl.

There is a belief that Kentucky would not face a rematch against Louisville in any bowl game, as bowls look to find teams that have yet to play each other in the regular season. The Outback Bowl is also not seen as a likely landing spot for Kentucky.

As for the CFB Playoff picture, the top three of LSU, Clemson, and Ohio State are clearly set. The only question mark will be the fourth and final team, however, the Oklahoma Sooners have a clear path to sneak in as the final playoff squad after they earned an overtime win over Baylor in the Big 12 Championship game on Saturday.

Stay plugged into KSR as we’ll be bringing you updates as soon as they happen. Who’s ready for a trip to Florida in early January?

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

8 Comments for Bowl Game Predictions: Where Does UK Stand?

  1. CJKAssassin123
    11:32 am December 8, 2019 Permalink

    I have heard UK vs IU in the Gator as well. I’m almost certain that Auburn moves back into the top 10 with Utah’s loss to #13 Oregon, Florida and Alabama should also move up at least one spot in the CFB Playoff poll.

    I have Georgia in the Sugar, Florida in the Orange Bowl, Bama in either the Citrus Bowl or Cotton bowl, I’m leaning towards the Citrus Bowl for Bama, Auburn is probably headed to either the Belk bowl or Outback bowl (if they are in the top ten ahead of Bama than the Cotton bowl is an option in which case Tennessee, Texas A&M ,or Mississippi State would get the Outback bowl probably Tennessee) I’m leaning towards the Belk Bowl for Auburn, I think Texas A&M gets the Texas bowl, I think Mississippi State gets the Music City bowl (Tennessee will get Music City bowl if Auburn stays outside the top ten which again puts Auburn in the Outback bowl, and Mississippi State in the Belk Bowl). I think Mississippi State gets the Music City bowl, and that would Leave Tennessee getting the Outback bowl but again if Auburn is outside the top ten than Tennessee will be in the Music City bowl.

    So there is still some uncertainty when it comes to the SEC bowls we should some idea where we stand after 1:30 PM or so. For we wait but I am salivating over a Jan 2 Match up against IU who we can beat with our new and improved offense and our rising defense. Till Then keep those L’s Down(Always) and GO CATS!!!!

  2. makeitstop
    12:19 pm December 8, 2019 Permalink

    We sold out ticket allotment out in hours and went back for more 3 years ago at the Gator Bowl. They need teams like that to get back on their feet. Great bowl history. Super bowl city, NFL stadium. 75th anniversary game, that’s where we should be.

    • CJKAssassin123
      12:47 pm December 8, 2019 Permalink

      I hope against IU, Iowa’s #21 ranked Run defense would shut our run offense down. I would rather play IU who has a defense that Lynn Bowden can pick a part a lot easier. However that’s just my opinion. I also love the idea however of us putting up 500 rushing yards on Iowa that would be a scary and crazy thing to see. Why because Iowa only gives up an avg of 120 rushing yards a game. For any other team that has a passing attack that would actually not be that bad but it UK’s case it would be disastrous because you can’t really throw the ball with Bowden at QB so with only geting around 120 rushing yards means we are probably going to be punting the ball a lot. Which mean we probably get blown out Iowa can at least throw the football and have a really good Receiving Core that includes one of the Best TE’s in the country they are also very physical as always. I just don’t think we could put up enough points in the game to hang with them. IU though is a different story. They have a really good Offense and a good passing defense but there run defense is ranked #50 and they give up an avg of 146.9 rushing yards per game and just gave up 181 rushing yards in their last game which shouldnt really scare UK too much the problem for us is scoring if we put up like 200+ rushing yards and that doesn’t translate to too many touchdowns we are going to have a really tough time keep up with IU’s offense. IU is pretty much Uofl on offense with a bigger, more physical,and much better offensive line and a way better defense it would be the fight a lot of Uofl fans expected the governor’s cup to be but ended up being the complete opposite. I think we would be picked as the underdog either way.

    12:33 pm December 8, 2019 Permalink

    Gator Bowl would be nice….have a chance to make up for that awful loss to Ga.Tech in ’16.

    • makeitstop
      12:44 pm December 8, 2019 Permalink

      It would be nice to win a couple of New Years bowls back to back. And next year? They should be talking about us in the selection show before mid afternoon.

    • CJKAssassin123
      1:51 pm December 8, 2019 Permalink

      Wow slow your roll buddy. We can be really good next year but I don’t think we going to be that good next year. We do have a legit shot at finishing in the top 3 in the SEC East with Florida and possibly Georgia being better than us next year.

      However the big question for Georgia is who will thier QB be next year? Why does that matter? Well common sense should tell you that, If whoever is named the starting QB as well as the rest of thier QB stable at Georgia don’t produce the Numbers or perform at the level of an SEC QB (at the level any QB should perform at)should at Georgia then logic should tell you that Georgia will not win the SEC East next year period. In which case we would have a great shot at finishing second in the East. Florida would win the SEC East in that scenario, however I think Florida is probably going to win the SEC East next year regardless.

      However some of the other SEC East teams are going to play a factor in who wins the East next year including several other factors one involves with question mark of who Missouri decides to hire as the HC. Who they choose to hire will play a factor in that because of the roster they have. They have a really strong roster they were just poorly coached and couldn’t shake the injury bug. However with a better Coaching staff and a strong roster they can be a force to be reckoned with next season as could. Another team to watch is South Carolina ,as they will get a full season with Ryan Hilinski as the QB and have a very good defense that will be back next year minus Javon Kinlaw and a few others. They also have a really good recruiting class that includes some studs on the defensive and offensive lines they are also bring in a couple of stud WR’s and RB’s they are another team to watch.

      Vandy won’t be a factor, however Tennessee may be they have a good roster returning and a decent recruiting class coming in they also will have one of the better returning in the SEC in Jarrett Guarantano if Jeremy Pruitt can keep them playing like they are right next year than they are going to be team to be a factor as well.

      So If I was you I wouldn’t count my chickens before they hatched, by saying “we will be the ones talked about in playoff selection show”, especially not before next season even starts. However I love the confidence and the belief in our team but for now let’s stay in the real world and focus on our upcoming bowl game ok.

  4. BigBluSoTru
    2:39 pm December 8, 2019 Permalink

    Why are we not going to the Orange Bowl we are a better selection than Florida . With a lamar type Qb everybody in the country is tlking about Bowden. He is the best draw in college football right now. If their was a couple more games left he would be in the heisman race i’m sure he would be top 2 choice to win it.

  5. zoupman
    4:29 pm December 8, 2019 Permalink

    I hope Cats okay IU. I miss the series with them in football. Wouldn’t mind if we never play them again in basketball.