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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.
|USA Today||Liberty Bowl||Memphis||Kansas State|
|CBS Sports||Liberty Bowl||Memphis||Iowa State|
|ESPN (Kyle Bonagura)||Music City Bowl||Nashville||Virginia Tech|
|ESPN (Mark Schlabach)||Gator Bowl||Jacksonville||Iowa|
|Bleacher Report||Music City Bowl||Nashville||Virginia Tech|
|Sporting News||Belk Bowl||Charlotte||Virginia Tech|
|The Action Network||Outback Bowl||Tampa||Minnesota|
|The Athletic||Gator Bowl||Jacksonville||Wisconsin|
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.
After the games today, I am told that now the two most likely Bowls for Kentucky are:
TaxSlayer in Jacksonville (Iowa or Indiana)
Music City (Va Tech or Pitt)
Belk is now 3rd most likely…probably only happens if Wisconsin upsets Ohio State (dropping Florida from Big 6 Bowls)
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) December 1, 2019
Who’s up for a trip to Jacksonville?