Your University of Kentucky Wildcats are bowling for the fourth consecutive season.
The demolition of the Louisville Cardinals in the season finale has made UK’s bowl picture even clearer. Before diving into the scenarios that could unfold in conference championship week, a look at where the experts project the Cats will play at the end of the month.
— ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura: Music City Bowl vs. Virginia Tech
— ESPN’s Mark Schlabach: Gator Bowl vs. Iowa
— Stadium’s Brett McMurphy: Gator Bowl vs. Wisconsin
— College Football News: Gator Bowl vs. Indiana
— Banner Society’s Jason Kirk: Music City vs. Indiana
Without going any further, it’s pretty safe to say Kentucky is either playing in Nashville or Jacksonville.
Tomorrow night we’ll receive even more clarity when the College Football Playoff rankings are released. If Florida is a top ten team at season’s end and Alabama is ranked ahead of Minnesota, four SEC teams will play in the New Year’s Six. Kentucky is competing against Tennessee and Texas A&M as the only seven-win SEC schools in the group of six bowls. A&M is scratched off the list for the Gator after playing the game last season, opening the door for UK to return to Jacksonville. A chalky championship week and you could be well on your way to setting up a tee-time at TPC-Sawgrass.
Of the potential opponents, Indiana would be fun for trash-talking purposes, however, an Iowa-Kentucky duel could turn into a spectacular slugfest between Mark Stoops’ team and his alma mater. Either way, right now you’re either playing close to home in Nashville or making a New Year’s trip to Florida. Not bad for a team playing a receiver at quarterback.