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Wildcat Quickies: Bowl Mania Edition

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NCAA Football: Kentucky at Louisville Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

The college football bowl season is really heating up, as we have several games each day. Yesterday, there were four games on, including a thrilling Army vs. North Texas Heart of Dallas Bowl. Today, there are another four bowl games on, including the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl, which will feature the SEC’s Texas A&M against Kansas State.

Of course, we’re just a few days away from Kentucky’s bowl game, the TaxSlayer Bowl, against Georgia Tech on Dec. 31. The College Football Playoff will also begin that day, with Washington and Alabama kicking off at 3 p.m. ET, and Ohio State and Clemson kicking off at 7 p.m. ET.

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Stephen Johnson traveled winding path to starting spot - The Florida Times-Union
It’s great to see Stephen Johnson’s story get more recognition now that the Cats are down in Florida.

Five keys for the Cats against Georgia Tech - SEC Country
It’s going to be all about the run game (and stopping it) and dictating tempo in Jacksonville.

A preview of the UK receivers - Fox Sports
Fox Sports says the Cats’ receivers have “serious big-play ability,” which will help build on their run game.

Ole Miss Coach says this UK team may be fastest he’s seen - Herald-Leader
Andy Kennedy said this Kentucky team may be the fastest he’s seen, which comes as no surprise; this is one of the fastest Kentucky teams ever.

Kentucky en route to 48th SEC title - Courier-Journal
As we enter conference play, Kentucky is still the runaway favorite to win the SEC this year.

Cats staying focused in Florida - Courier-Journal
Kentucky is having fun in Jacksonville, but they know why they’re there, and they’re staying focused on the goal.

Bills fire Rex Ryan, will start EJ Manuel against the Jets - Fox Sports
There’s a lot going on in Buffalo; The Bills have fired Ryan from the head coach position, and Tyrod Taylor has lost his starting job as EJ Manuel will start this week.

LaMelo Ball takes most confident three-pointer ever - ESPN
If the name sounds familiar, there’s a reason. LaMelo is Lonzo Ball’s little brother, and he’s already showing that he could be just as good with this...confident.. shot.

Cam Newton fulfills Christmas wish for sick 10-year-old - ESPN
What a story this is. 10-year-old Auburn fan Austin Deckard has a rare heart condition, and his Christmas wish was to meet Newton. Newton made that a reality for Deckard.

Lions want NFL to review “illegal” hit on Elliott - ESPN
It didn’t make much difference in the blowout, but I guess if it leads to more clarification of the rules, it’s good.

Minnesota emerges from turmoil, wins Holiday Bowl - Fox Sports
After dealing with scandal and turmoil, which may continue, Minnesota upset Washington State to end their season on a high note.

Mississippi State holds on in St. Petersburg Bowl - LA Times
Mississippi State blocked a field goal in the final seconds to hold onto a 17-16 lead in their bowl game against Miami of Ohio.

Carrie Fisher: a princess, a rebel and a brave comic voice - NY Times