Get excited, BBN; we’re now up to a whopping two experts who believe the Kentucky Wildcats are going to a bowl game this season.
The latest win over Vanderbilt has put the Cats at 3-3, theoretically on pace to hit six wins by the end of the season (hopefully). That win over Vandy has prompted Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy to do some shuffling in their latest bowl projections.
Schlabach has Kentucky playing Oklahoma State in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis, Tennessee on Dec. 30. That one would likely get out of hand, but hey, a bowl game is a bowl game. Meanwhile, McMurphy has the Cats playing Tulsa in the Birmingham Bowl on Dec. 29.
CBS Sports, SB Nation, and College Football News all have UK missing out on a bowl, which isn’t surprising given the fact UK will need to win at Missouri, at Tennessee, at Louisville, or beat Georgia at home to finish the season with at least six wins.
SEC Country has UK making it to the Belk Bowl to face Wake Forest on Dec. 29. That game takes place in Charlotte, so it wouldn’t be too much of a drive for UK fans to make it to.
Kentucky making any of these bowl games would be a great way to end 2016 in late December, regardless of whether or not they were competitive in said bowl. Kentucky is just three wins away from making that nice ending to 2016 a reality.
If you're interested in the national picture and who may be playing in this year's College Football Playoff, all of these projections have Alabama, Clemson, and Washington making it to the four-team playoff.
The divide comes in who will win the Big Ten and claim one of those four spots. Michigan and Ohio State both got picks as the fourth team in the playoff.