UK will meet Northwestern in the Music City Bowl


Quarterback Stephen Johnson #15 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of the TaxSlayer Bowl against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at EverBank Field on Saturday, December 31, 2016 in Jacksonville, Florida. Photo by Michael Reaves | Staff.

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For the fifth time in program history, UK football will play in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, which was first reported by the Tennessean and later confirmed by the Bowl.

The Cats are 7-5 on the season and will play in their second consecutive bowl game after losing in the TaxSlayer Bowl last season. UK will be matched up against Northwestern, who are 9-3 on the season.

“We’re very excited to have earned another bowl bid and honored to receive an invitation from the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl,” head coach Mark Stoops said in a press release. “Kentucky has a long history with this game and fans love going to Nashville. Taking on Northwestern will be a great challenge and we look forward to an exciting game.”

Northwestern also finished 7-2 in the Big Ten and is currently on a seven game winning streak. Northwestern’s most recent game was at Illinois, where they won 42-7.

As for the Cats, they will be searching for their eighth win after dropping their final two games in the regular season. UK is coming off a 27-point loss to Louisville at Kroger Field. 

Kentucky’s last trip to the Music City Bowl was in 2009, when the Cats lost to Clemson 21-13. Northwestern will be making their first trip to the Music City Bowl.

The last time these two teams matched up was in 1928, when the Cats were beat by Northwestern 7-0.

The Music City Bowl will be played at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. Kickoff is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.