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Kentucky’s updated bowl projections, presented by Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse

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The Kentucky football regular season has officially come to a close, with the Wildcats ending the year with a blowout 45-13 victory over Louisville to finish with a 7-5 record.

And with just five days until the bowl selection process begins, here all the major media outlets and their respective bowl projections going into conference championship week.

Media OutletBowlLocationOpponent
USA TodayLiberty BowlMemphisKansas State
WatchStadiumGator BowlJacksonvilleWisconsin
CBS SportsLiberty Bowl MemphisIowa State
ESPN (Kyle Bonagura)Music City BowlNashvilleVirginia Tech
ESPN (Mark Schlabach)Gator BowlJacksonvilleIowa
247SportsGator BowlJacksonvilleMinnesota
Bleacher ReportMusic City BowlNashvilleVirginia Tech
Sporting NewsBelk BowlCharlotteVirginia Tech
The Action NetworkOutback BowlTampaMinnesota
The AthleticGator BowlJacksonvilleWisconsin

This evening, the latest College Football Playoff rankings will also be released, with Alabama and Florida being two key SEC schools to look out for. If the Crimson Tide finish ahead of Minnesota and the Gators are ranked in the top ten to close out the year, four SEC teams are expected to play in the New Year’s Six.

Outside of Kentucky, only Tennessee and Texas A&M finished the regular season with seven wins. And with the Aggies playing in the Gator Bowl last year, it opens the door for the Wildcats to return to Jacksonville.

If you ask UK radio analyst Jeff Piecoro, who co-hosted KSR this morning, the talk around the program right now is that the Gator Bowl is the favorite going into the weekend.

“It’s funny you ask that,” Piecoro said in response to Ryan Lemond. “I heard talk about the Belk Bowl, that was the biggest thing. People were saying Memphis [for the Liberty Bowl], but they ain’t going to Memphis. They’re not going to the Liberty Bowl. After the [Louisville] game, we have to go in there to do the postgame show in the locker room and stuff, and I saw a couple coaches and doctors. They said, “Bring your golf clubs.” I said, “Ooh, really?” So yeah, I think Gator Bowl is what [the team is hearing].”

This goes right in line with what KSR’s own Matt Jones reported on Sunday evening, with the TaxSlayer Bowl against Iowa or Indiana and the Music City Bowl against Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh being the top contenders going into conference championship week.

Who’s up for a trip to Jacksonville?

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

19 Comments for Kentucky’s updated bowl projections, presented by Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse



  1. DelrayCat
    1:56 pm December 3, 2019 Permalink

    Man…UK versus Indiana in Jax would be quite a game!. 🙂



    • suppie
      2:30 pm December 3, 2019 Permalink

      jacksonville is the worst city i’ve ever visited.



    • CJKAssassin123
      2:57 pm December 3, 2019 Permalink

      It would be better in Nashville because UK and IU could Travel a lot better to Nashville than JAX plus both schools would make more money. Jax is the better Bowl but it’s on the verge of bankruptcy and I don’t now if IU could get enough of thier fans there for the bowl game to maxout on revenue or reach its potential prestige/hype. However the music City Bowl would feel like a consolation prize. I guess we will see I think Ohio St, LSU,Clemson, Oklahoma are the top four in that order with Georgia #5 putting them in the Sugar bowl I also see Florida(Citrus Bowl), Auburn(Cotton Bowl) and Alabama (Gator Bowl) in the top 10 which would probably put Texas A&M in the Outback bowl, that would likey put Mississippi State in the Belk Bowl,it would probably put Tennessee in the Music City Bowl, which would put us sadly in the Liberty bowl against Probably Indiana. We will see a big factor to watch tonight when the poll comes out is where the College Football Playoff committee has Bama and Auburn placed. That is going to be a big determining factor how The SEC Bowl games are assigned.



    • bbn606
      11:09 pm December 3, 2019 Permalink

      UK IU can’t happen in Nashville as the opponent will be from the ACC.



    • gobble gobble
      9:25 am December 4, 2019 Permalink

      Delray, it’s football, not basketball… no one but you wants to see a UK vs IU football game out of all the other possible choices



  2. makeitstop
    2:46 pm December 3, 2019 Permalink

    Suppie, u can do a lot worse than Jax, like Memphis. But ur 30 minutes from the beach, an hour from St Augustine, 90 minutes from Daytona, 2 hours from Orlando if theme parks are ur thing, or 2 hours from Hilton Head and Savannah. Weather is usually great, and the stadium is nice. We should pack it like we did for the citrus bowl and remind people we are a better draw than UT or A&M bc committees remember those things. Rather do Outback, not writing that off if A&M stays in Houston, but Jax was fun last time and will be again.



    • suppie
      8:28 am December 4, 2019 Permalink

      so go to jacksonville to leave jacksonville?

      got it. makes total sense.



    • makeitstop
      9:26 am December 4, 2019 Permalink

      I wouldn’t. I’ll stay in Jax, but if u prefer golf or beaches it’s a half hour. 2 hours outside Memphis is… nothing. If u think Jax isn’t fun, u won’t much like Charlotte. My point is u can make it a fun trip no matter what ur interest is, whether u hv kids to entertain or not. If ur in Charlotte or Memphis ur kinda stuck.



  3. Shagaris Sock Puppet
    3:18 pm December 3, 2019 Permalink

    Give us Minnesota!



    • CJKAssassin123
      5:39 am December 4, 2019 Permalink

      We would get crushed but I love your enthusiasm and confidence.



    • Shagaris Sock Puppet
      8:22 am December 4, 2019 Permalink

      Whats the winning numbers for the power ball, since you seem to know everything?



  4. makeitstop
    10:13 pm December 3, 2019 Permalink

    I see projections of ‘Bama going to the Outback Bowl, bumping us to Belk. Put down ur crack pipe. After the Big Ten and PAC 12 finals I assume sanity will be restored. ‘Bama lost to LSU at LSU, best team in the country, and to Auburn at Auburn on a plonked FG and couple freakie home field whistles. 10-2 SEC team… Outback Bowl!? GTF outta here



    • CJKAssassin123
      5:36 am December 4, 2019 Permalink

      Bama will likely be in the Citrus Bowl I think Texas A&M gets the Outback bowl with Mississippi St getting the Belk Bowl. If Georgia stays in the top 4 after conference title games are played than we probably get the Gator Bowl but if Georgia gets pushed down to 5th or 6th than they would be in the Sugar bowl which would knock UF down one to the Cotton bowl Auburn would get the Citrus Bowl and Alabama would get the Gator Bowl, that would put Texas A&M in the Outback bowl which would put Mississippi ST in the Belk Bowl and Tennessee would get the Music City bowl which would put us in the Liberty bowl, Birmingham bowl,or Independence day bowl. Georgia being in the playoff would be best case scenario for us in my opinion. What would be interesting is if Georgia upsets LSU in the SEC title game. I think Georgia would be #4 LSU would drop to #3 and Clemson would move up to #2 in that scenario I think unless the committee chose to replace either LSU or Georgia with Oklahoma or Utah.



    • gobble gobble
      9:28 am December 4, 2019 Permalink

      Makeitstop, there are exactly zero projections of Bama going to the Outback bowl



  5. clarks
    12:03 am December 4, 2019 Permalink

    Lsu won at Alabama



  6. dan1965
    6:41 am December 4, 2019 Permalink

    First of all hello to all,longtime reader thought I’d finally jump in some. Longtime UK fan,since 1970,love both basketball,and football,as well as baseball,played all 3, but also will follow Lady Cats and all things UK.
    Call it the way it is,give my thoughts, good or bad, but no matter what the teams record,I will die Bleeding Blue !
    OK,with that intro…lol just wondering after the poles last night if anyone had any updated bowl insights this morning ?
    Thanks in advance,look forward to chatting along and getting to know you all. Go Blue!!



    • CJKAssassin123
      7:18 am December 4, 2019 Permalink

      We’re going to either the Gator Bowl or to the Music City bowl. Conversation over! Go Cats!!!



  7. makeitstop
    9:13 am December 4, 2019 Permalink

    Last year, losing a championship game didn’t drop u much – one spot apart from Boise and Fresno basically flip flopping 4 spots. If u didn’t play u could basically move up or back one based on what happened around u. But, the tear before was more fluid. Teams moved 3-4 spots. Auburn dropped 5 after the loss to UGa, TCU dropped 4, Miami dropped 3 for losing to Clemson. So, what we need to stay in Florida is prolly for LSU to win, so the LSU loss for ‘Bama (yes, at home, sorry I missed that) looks better. Then OU or Baylor – probably the former – beats the snot out of the other one; OSU beats Wisconsin badly and exposes them. All possible. That could drop one or both of them below AU or ‘Bama and the SEC gets 4 back in the NY6. That puts either AU or ‘Bama in Orlando and TAMU at the Texas Bowl, and leaves Tampa or Jax for us and UT. But if that doesn’t work out, then it’s us or UT fighting for one spot in Florida, and I’m not sure Gator wouldn’t take us for the star power of Bowden and a Stoops v Iowa match up leaving UT to fill up a home state stadium in Memphis or Nashville. Best I got for u. But ‘Bama at 12 is just silly. Sagarin still has them in the top 4 w computer modeling. They’d beat Penn State, Baylor, Wisconsin (or AU) if they played neutral sites. I don’t care as long as one of the Alabama teams moves up to the NY6.



  8. BlueGrassBrass
    9:41 am December 4, 2019 Permalink

    Nashville=been there done that too many times.. freeze ya balls off.. not going. Memphis=YUK.. no thanks. Jacksonville=a week of vacation in south florida then back to Jacksonville for a great game. Hell Yea!