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Wildcat Quickies: Jacksonville Takeover Edition

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It's finally time for the first bowl game for UK in six years. Regardless of the result, let's just soak it in and enjoy Kentucky Football being back on the national stage.

It seems like forever ago that the Kentucky Wildcats football team defeated the Louisville Cardinals and officially changed their season and their fortunes. Since that win, the 'Cats have conquered the recruiting trail and were invited to their first bowl game since the Joker Phillips era. And it's a New Years Eve bowl at that.

It's finally here, Big Blue Nation. Game Day is upon us and Mark Stoops is looking to put the cherry on top of what has been one helluva season. A win today would give his team eight wins and would propel them forward into next season, a season that has the potential to be really special.

The fans have showed up in Jacksonville in force. This bowl-starved base has been waiting for years for a reason to support this football program and now that time has come. For those of you in Jacksonville, enjoy.

As always, I will be on the radio directly after the game in order to talk about the action with Lachlan McLean on ESPN 680. If you aren't in Louisville, stream is on iHeartRadio.

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Your Quickies

How Kentucky and Georgia Tech football players ranked as recruits | Lexington Herald-Leader
Kentucky will face Georgia Tech in the TaxSlayer Bowl on Saturday morning, and Mark Stoops and the Cats will have to contend with Paul Johnson’s triple-option offense run by the Yellow Jackets. A closer look at where UK and Georgia Tech players were ranked as football recruits.

Kentucky closes 2016 with a strong recruiting push | SI.com
The Wildcats picked up four pledges—including three five-star prospects—in December to surge to No. 1 in Scout's class rankings.

How Kentucky and Georgia Tech match up — with a game prediction | Lexington Herald-Leader
How the Kentucky Wildcats and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets match up for the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl, Saturday, Dec. 31st, at 11 a.m., at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla. — with a game prediction

Four-star sees championship opportunity at UK, Oregon - 247
4-star athlete Bruce Judson sees an opportunity at Kentucky and Oregon.

UK football: Cats have to be wary of the pass against run-happy Georgia Tech | Lexington Herald-Leader
Even though Georgia Tech runs it nearly 80 percent of the time, the Yellow Jackets can burn a secondary with explosive pass plays, coaches warn Kentucky.

Five-star wing Hamidou Diallo has decisions to make - Basketball Recruiting - Scout
The top shooting guard prospect in the 2017 class -- Hamidou Diallo -- has taken a pair of official visits and has upcoming decisions to make.

PHOTOS: UK Football visits Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville | Kentucky Sports Radio
In between the bowl festivities, players and cheerleaders from both Kentucky and Georgia Tech took a break to spread some joy at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville.

Kentucky football's five biggest bowl moments | Lexington Herald-Leader
They all might not have been wins, but John Clay says these bowl appearances are the most memorable of Kentucky's 15 post season games.

TaxSlayer Bowl Press Conference| KSR Nick Roush was on the scene and transcribed the entire press conference for our enjoyment.

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Six SEC coaches that would make sense in the NFL| SEC Country                                                                                         Kevin Sumlin leads the list of coaches in the SEC that could make the jump to the NFL. It makes sense as Sumlin consistently flames out almost every season.

Dalvin Cook helps Florida State defeat Michigan| ESPN Cook ran for 145 yards and had 60 yards receiving in a thrilling 33-32 win over the Wolverines. The Seminoles have come a long way since being dog walked on national TV by Louisville. My, how the fortunes of those two teams turned in the end.

Ref forces fumble in UNC bowl loss| CBS A referee bumped into Tar Heels QB Mitch Trubisky and caused him to fumble the ball. The Heels ended up losing 25-23 to the Stanford Cardinal. I would feel sorry for them, but they cheat so, Karma.

Alien: Covenant Preview Ridley Scott is back with a sequel to the uneven Alien prequel Prometheus. This time, the xenomorph is back with a vengeance as the crew of the Covenant is stranded to face it and other horrors on a new world. The preview is very NSFW and very awesome.

In Memoriam 2016| Rolling Stone 2016 was a strange, emotional year. Much happened, but it will most likely be remembered for the number of cultural icons that were lost. It seemed they were taken from us almost on a weekly basis. David Bowie, Prince, Carrie Fisher, and Muhammad Ali are some of those highlighted in the touching memorial.