UK’s bowl projections following the regular season


Kentucky captains linebacker Courtney Love (51), wide receiver Charles Walker (88), wide receiver Garrett Johnson (9), and quarterback Stephen Johnson (15) line up for the coin toss during the Governor’s Cup game against Louisville at Kroger Field on Saturday, November 25, 2017 in Lexington, Kentucky. Louisville won 44-17. Photo by Arden Barnes | Staff

Abbie Long

After rounding out the regular season with a 44-17 loss to the Louisville Cardinals on Saturday afternoon, the question that is on every UK football fan’s mind is, “Where are we going bowling at and who are we playing?”

The College Football Playoff Selection show will be on Sunday, Dec. 3, following the last weekend of the regular college football season. Even though UK’s regular season is now complete, there are many other teams that have one more regular season match up on their schedules.

So where and who do the college football experts project that the Cats will play? Here’s some projections of UK’s bowl game from national media.

SB Nation has UK facing Michigan in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tennessee, on Dec. 29.

The Michigan Wolverines come out of the Big Ten conference and finished their regular season with a 5-4 conference record, and an 8-4 overall record. Michigan lost to long-term Big Ten rival Ohio State 31-20 on Saturday.

CBS Sports also has UK playing in the Music City Bowl, but instead they are predicting that the Cats will be playing Purdue.

The Purdue Boilermakers also come out of the Big Ten conference with a less impressive 4-5 conference record, and a 6-6 overall record. The Boilermakers ended their regular season schedule with a 31-24 win against in-state rival Indiana on Saturday.

The Cats are very familiar with the sights and sounds of the Music City Bowl. UK has played in the Music City Bowl four times dating back to 1999. The last time the Cats played in the Music City Bowl was Dec. 27, 2009, against Clemson.

Sports Illustrated

The experts at also have UK going bowling in Tennessee, but in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis facing off against Kansas State. has the same prediction as well.

The Kansas State Wildcats come from the Big 12 conference and rounded out their regular season schedule with a close 20-19 win over Iowa State on Saturday. Kansas State ended with a 5-4 conference record and a 7-5 overall record.

No matter what bowl game UK ends up playing in, the Cats will be looking to snap their current three bowl game losing streak. Their last bowl win was against East Carolina in the Liberty Bowl during the 2008-2009 season.