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Kentucky one of four SEC schools the TaxSlayer Bowl is considering



We won’t know for certain until Sunday, but word could leak out today about which bowl Kentucky will end up in. We’re hearing that the TaxSlayer Bowl and the Belk Bowl are Kentucky’s most likely destinations, and this morning, officials at the TaxSlayer Bowl confirmed to the Herald-Leader that they’re considering four SEC schools: Kentucky, Auburn, Florida, and Arkansas. On the other side, they’re considering four ACC schools: Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech.

Assuming Alabama beats Florida on Saturday, it looks like the Gators will end up in the Outback Bowl and Auburn the Sugar Bowl, leaving Kentucky and Arkansas in contention for the TaxSlayer Bowl. Kentucky’s closer to Jacksonville and would probably bring more fans than the Razorbacks, so you have to feel good about the Cats’ chances of playing at 11 a.m. on New Year’s Eve, especially when you see this tweet from @TaxSlayerBowl this morning:


Want to show the TaxSlayer Bowl you want the BBN to party in Jacksonville? They gauge fan interest through ticket preorders, so head on over to to get yours (you won’t be charged if UK goes somewhere else).

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8 Comments for Kentucky one of four SEC schools the TaxSlayer Bowl is considering

  1. Sublem
    10:59 am November 30, 2016 Permalink

    UK deserves it over Arky

  2. JoeMoney333
    11:03 am November 30, 2016 Permalink

    A New Year’s Eve bowl would be pretty cool.

    • ukjaybrat
      11:07 am November 30, 2016 Permalink

      yeah but 11:00am would be a blow to tailgating. 3:30 would be perfect for a bowl game but I understand not everyone can have that time slot. somebody has to play early.

    • Mathlete
      12:46 pm November 30, 2016 Permalink

      Kentuckians have never really had a problem tailgating in the morning that I can recall. Hell, we’ll tailgate at a horse track (Keeneland) as soon as the gates open, give us an excuse to drink and party outdoors and we’re there

  3. UK Fan In Nashville
    11:13 am November 30, 2016 Permalink

    Do we really want to go to a bowl game that still uses a Blackberry?? LOL jk, yes we absolutely do. This would be our first Florida bowl since the 90s, when there were about 20 fewer bowl games. Just to be out of Tennessee and out of the Armpit of America(Birmingham/Shreveport) is awesome. Bring on Charlotte or Jacksonville!

  4. Sentient Third Eye
    11:47 am November 30, 2016 Permalink

    The bottom line is the closer our bowl is to New Years Day, the more impressive it is for recruiting purposes. Also, the better our likely opponent will be, which makes it a bigger opportunity to raise our national profile going into the spring.

    • Mathlete
      12:43 pm November 30, 2016 Permalink

      Doesn’t it also mean a few more days of rest and practice for the team? Also good things.

  5. FCFS82
    7:44 pm November 30, 2016 Permalink

    So I like trying to guess these bowls but I have to wonder why Texas A&M isn’t being considered? Is it the sheer travel? Is A&M a lock for the Citrus Bowl or another bowl? Just wondering aloud.