Even though Kentucky is 2-4, we can still dance in our striped overalls knowing that the Wildcats can go bowling at the end of the season.
There are no win requirements to play postseason football in 2020. As of today there are still 11 games with SEC bowl ties that need to be filled. As long as the Wildcats remain a desirable draw after ten SEC games, Mark Stoops’ postseason streak will extend to five. A look at where the bowl projectionists believe Kentucky will play in December.
ESPN’s Mark Schlabach: Music City Bowl vs. Penn State
ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura: Liberty Bowl vs. Texas
Sporting News’ Bill Bender: Texas Bowl vs. Kansas State
CBS’s Jerry Palm: Liberty Bowl vs. Texas
USA Today’s Erick Smith: The Camellia Bowl (Montgomery, Al.) vs. Liberty
College Football News: Gator Bowl vs. North Carolina
Saturday Down South: Las Vegas Bowl vs. Utah
247 Sports’ Brad Crawford: Liberty Bowl vs. Iowa State
Kentucky’s offense may be broken this season, but the Wildcats play good enough on the other side of the ball to hang with some of the better teams on their schedule. That should bode well over the next month when Mark Stoops and Co. play Alabama and Florida. There’s a good chance Kentucky finishes 4-6, means it’ll likely be the underdog in this matchup with Iowa State (should it happen).
The last four projections touch every single angle on the wide spectrum of possibilities, from a snooze fest in Montgomery to a party in Vegas. Ultimately, this feels like a Liberty Bowl year for Kentucky, the only bowl from the SEC’s middle tier of bowl tie-ins the Wildcats have not attended during Stoops’ tenure. The last time Kentucky played in the Liberty Bowl, Ventrell Jenkins stiff-armed an East Carolina Pirate through the Earth’s crust.