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Early UK Bowl Projections ahead of a Bizarre 2020 College Football Season

What’s the future of college football? Your guess is as good as anybody’s right now. For the sake of our own sanity, let’s say Kentucky plays a normal football schedule this fall. How would they cap off the season? Two outlets have compiled postseason projections for the Wildcats and they aren’t exactly the most glamorous locations.

In 247 Sports‘ July bowl predictions, the prognosticators project a matchup between Mark Stoops and his alma mater, pitting Kentucky against Iowa in the Music City Bowl. If I had a nickel for every time a college football writer predicted a UK-Iowa bowl matchup, I’d have at least a few dollars. From the outside looking in, each team is consistently around the seven, eight-win mark but is capable enough to throw in a ten or 11-win season every few years under the right circumstances.

Similar to the Music City Bowl projection, Sporting News foresees a Liberty Bowl date between Kentucky and Iowa State. The Liberty Bowl is not as popular of a pick among pundits as the Music City, but it certainly has accrued frequent flyer miles on Bowl Projection Airlines, even though UK has not played in the game since Rich Brooks was on the sideline.

In the likely event he season is not played out as planned, to keep the criteria consistent the NCAA has made a rule that gives FBS schools two automatic wins over FCS opponents that would apply to bowl eligibility standards without showing up on the record book. This means that if the Big Ten only plays eight conference games and a team goes 4-4, they are still bowl eligible.

It’s a wild, weird time to be a college football fan. If a season is in fact played, Stoops has enough ammunition to make Kentucky bowl eligible again.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 Comments for Early UK Bowl Projections ahead of a Bizarre 2020 College Football Season

  1. csnailnrun
    4:16 pm July 21, 2020 Permalink

    Are we, as a fan base, not confident and unwilling to move past trying to be “Bowl eligible” yet? I expect us to be bowl eligible and have tremendous confidence in our players and coaches. Please stop belittling our team to low expectations.

    • mashburnfan1
      4:56 pm July 21, 2020 Permalink

      Agree. With the talent the staff is getting and how well all have come together the past few years we should expect a Bowl game. Remember Stoops was new at this early on and learning, now all seems to be coming together. They won pretty well with what was supposed to be lesser talent. Citrus Bowl was a great week, Belk was fun, lets go after bigger and better now.

  2. gasman01
    6:02 pm July 21, 2020 Permalink

    Can’t be bowl eligible if we don’t play and that’s getting more evident every day.

    • satcheluk
      7:33 pm July 21, 2020 Permalink


    • csnailnrun
      9:12 am July 22, 2020 Permalink

      Keep in mind my comment above is outside of the 2020 season. It’s a mindset the we as a fan base should support and expect winning seasons. One that 7-5 is a let down.

  3. satcheluk
    7:34 pm July 21, 2020 Permalink

    The whole we’ll give you two imaginary wins seems ignorant. Why don’t they just say you have to win half your games? Whatever amount that is.