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Where Do the Cats Stand?
As Kentucky prepares for it's fourth consecutive bowl appearance, there are still questions about what city the Cats will be playing in. KSR provides a quick overview of the possibilities. The Wildcats appear to have the slightest of chances to end up in the Outback Bowl in Tampa. There was talk yesterday that the Outback Bowl didn't want a rematch of Tennessee versus Wisconsin which didn't produce the fan turnout expected a couple of years ago. So the bowl was considering bringing in Kentucky even though they lost to Tennessee Saturday. It now appears that Auburn has slid into the front-runner spot for the Outback Bowl. The Wildcats did defeat Auburn, but the traditionally powerful school has a great fan base and is likely a compromise and a relatively new face to the bowl which usually chooses an SEC East team. This leaves the Chick-Fil-a bowl in Atlanta, the Music City Bowl in Nashville and the Independence Bowl in Shreveport. The Chick-Fil-a Bowl is likely going to go with the Volunteers if they are available, but they'll be choosing between Tennessee and South Carolina. The problem with South Carolina is that it could wind up being a rematch of the Gamecocks and the Clemson Tigers who they just beat on Saturday. Georgia is also a possibility, but most bowls attempt to avoid taking the "home" school because the revenue from tourism plays a large part in the bowl. Georgia in Atlanta wouldn't bring in the revenue that the Chick-Fil-a bowl wants. The Music City Bowl has said for the last few weeks that they were highly interested in Kentucky. The Wildcats have been in Nashville two of the last three years and are known for fan support where ever they go. But Georgia is a big name program who may also bring many fans to Nashville to support the Bulldogs. If Georgia is available, could the Music City Bowl pass them up, or would they be willing to go with the Wildcats? The final slot is the Independence Bowl in Shreveport. There hasn't been a lot of talk about Kentucky to this bowl, but the way everything shook out this weekend on the field, it has become a strong possibility. Kentucky fell three spots in the SEC East standings. With Arkansas likely going to the Liberty Bowl and Georgia possibly headed to Nashville, Kentucky could be bound for Louisiana. Why Not Liberty or PapaJohns.com? For a program that is still growing, there are no bad bowls for Kentucky. It's the post season and it's providing added practice time for the players. It also provides a fun and unfamiliar environment for the program to be a part of. Last year Kentucky defeated East Carolina in the Liberty Bowl. There were some questions about the fan turnout. Many fans weren't pleased with the environment and the bowl in general. Also, it appears that Arkansas is bound for the Liberty Bowl, so the Wildcats likely won't be in Memphis. The PapaJohns.com Bowl in Birmingham is one that Kentucky has never played in. Legendary Legion Field hosts this event, but there are still questions about environment and how much of a turnout the fans would have if this is their destination. Another problem is that this bowl occurs on the same day as the big rivalry game for the basketball Wildcats as Louisville comes to Lexington on January 2nd. For that reason, it's unlikely that Kentucky will be in Birmingham for this bowl. Stick with KSR as we provide news on the Wildcats' destination as it's available. Follow KSR on Twitter. Discuss on WildcatChat
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