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Two ESPN experts believe Kentucky will go bowling

Halfway through the season, Kentucky’s 3-3 with one cupcake left in Austin Peay and two potentially competitive games left vs. Mississippi State and Missouri. The Cats’ win over Vandy was enough to get them back in ESPN’s latest bowl projections, with Brett McMurphy projecting Kentucky to play Tulsa in the Birmingham Bowl on December 29 and Mark Schlabach projecting them to play Oklahoma State in the Liberty Bowl on December 30.

Meanwhile, both McMurphy and Schlabach have Western Kentucky taking on Hawaii in the Aloha Bowl in Honolulu and Louisville playing in the Capital One Orange Bowl vs. Wisconsin or Tennessee.

Birmingham and Memphis may not be the most exciting destinations in late December, but if Kentucky manages to get to six, I don’t care where they go, I will follow.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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18 Comments for Two ESPN experts believe Kentucky will go bowling

  1. Sentient Third Eye
    11:05 am October 10, 2016 Permalink

    At this point, it may be more about the inferiority of opponents than our own merits, but we’ll take it. MSU and Mizzou this season both seem to share UK’s remarkable ability to lose games against all odds.

    • The REAL Billy Hill
      11:13 am October 10, 2016 Permalink

      Just had to poop on it, didn’t you? Couldn’t help yourself, could you?


    • ClutchCargo
      11:24 am October 10, 2016 Permalink

      Billy, do you have anything to refute what he said, or could you just not help yourself resist the urge to take yet another potshot? I think we can all agree that there are 3 “winnable” games remaining on the schedule that can be considered must-win, because the chances of beating UT, UofL, etc. are slim and none, and slim just left town. That’s ok, though. Get to a bowl game and build on that for the future.

  2. secrick
    11:16 am October 10, 2016 Permalink

    Good win Sat., we will take any Bowl game we can get this year and head to bigger and brighter things next year. Johnson needs to settle down , the defense is playing better ,so bowling sounds like a possibility.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      11:25 am October 10, 2016 Permalink

      When Johnson was struggling the the most against Vandy, it looked like he was running the offense designed for Barker. Hand it off up the middle or stay in the pocket to pass. When he was more successful, he was doing play-action and read-option stuff. He can’t go outside the pocket on every play, and Gran was probably using the game to try and develop his pocket-passing skills, especially when it looked like we had the game in hand.

  3. onsides
    11:33 am October 10, 2016 Permalink

    If UK gets a 6th win I’d like to play Notre Dame. I’m not sure how their tie-ins work, but it looks like they will be 6-6 too……

    • secrick
      11:44 am October 10, 2016 Permalink

      They are 2 and 4 right now but you may have looked at the schedule and think they can get 4 more.

  4. secrick
    11:45 am October 10, 2016 Permalink

    I think i want Barker back but not sure.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      12:04 pm October 10, 2016 Permalink

      The thing is, even when Barker is cleared to play, he’s still been out-of-action for a while. Probably not in tip-top shape anymore. Even when he comes back, he might not be ready to contribute.

    • secrick
      12:19 pm October 10, 2016 Permalink

      Yeah that’s true. Johnson just scares me a little but he did hold on to the ball against Vandy. Man Snell is gooooood.

    • ClutchCargo
      2:52 pm October 10, 2016 Permalink

      Yeah, no way he will be in football shape anytime soon. Gonna have to be a 2 QB rotation when he does return.

  5. RealCatsFan
    12:23 pm October 10, 2016 Permalink

    UK is going to have to rely on continued improvement by the defense and mainly the run and option on offense. For passing, they will have to rely on short screen passes and slants to the tight end. Too risky for them to go down field. If third and long, direct snap to Snell to see what he can do with it.

    • Catsby80
      1:47 pm October 10, 2016 Permalink

      I would love to see us run a wildcat formation with a running back who can pass the ball, too. when you run the wildcat and continue to run it up the middle time after time, defenses are going to key in on it. that’s when you have conrad sneak up the field 10 yards and hit him in stride. i don’t know if benny can throw the ball very well, but if he can, I feel like that would be a play that would be somewhat successful. just my two cents.

  6. BluKudzu
    1:40 pm October 10, 2016 Permalink

    Don’t care who, don’t care where. If this team goes to a bowl in North Dakota, I am going to be there.

  7. millertime98
    1:42 pm October 10, 2016 Permalink

    Can I bring up a legit question? Are we doing Stonehenge tomorrow? Kidding, but seriously: what does it matter if we go to a bowl game? I’m serious. I know we fans love to travel but is that why the fans are so focused on it? Coaches want the extra practice, I get that. But now that there is a playoff and all bowl games aren’t equal, what makes a bowl game with a mediocre team so special?
    Does it actually matter to recruits if we play in Birmingham or Memphis? I’m not trying to be negative, just trying to solve why many believe that going (or not going) is the answer to Stoops’s future. If we only won 5 but we’re competitive and don’t have glaring coaching mistakes and mismanagement it’s worth the money and uncertainty to look for another coach? Just curious, philosophically.

    • Jaxson
      2:21 pm October 10, 2016 Permalink

      The extra practice and TV exposure is important. Memphis and Birmingham are fertile recruiting areas as well. As for these projections, Tulsa and Oklahoma St would both massacre Kentucky.

    • ClutchCargo
      2:55 pm October 10, 2016 Permalink

      That extra few weeks of practice is essential for a team that is perpetually “young.” Plus, the added exposure is bound to help recruiting.

    • Sunshinesbright
      3:08 pm October 10, 2016 Permalink

      It’s the hump this program can’t seem to get over. That elusive later game that seemingly everyone else is playing in, but UK. It might help recruiting, but it’s more exposure than anything since December 12-January 11th is a dead period. Not like the recruits can go to the game. Just something to hang in the training center that we can brag about until next season. Us and 79 other bowl eligible teams. By the time you take into account the cost to transport the team, donors, staff and provide meals and lodging, bowl gifts, etc. the institution will likely lose money when all is said and done. But hey! LET’S GO BOWLING DAMMIT!