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Big-time bowl projections coming in for Kentucky after wild win over Mizzou

A New Year’s Six Bowl game is more likely, but where will it be?

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NCAA Football: Kentucky at Missouri Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky will play Georgia in a winner take all game to determine the SEC East next week.

Let that sink in.

The Wildcats needed a miracle rally vs. the Missouri Tigers to get here, while Georgia took care of business by blowing out the Florida Gators. That means Kentucky vs. Georgia will determine who represents the SEC East in the title game in Atlanta on December 1st, likely against the Alabama Crimson Tide, who need to beat the LSU Tigers this week to lock up the SEC West.

Other than Georgia, Kentucky’s schedule is very favorable for the Cats. They will face Tennessee, Middle Tennessee and Louisville, all of which are winnable games. Even if they lose to Georgia, finishing 10-2 should earn them a trip to a New Year’s Six Bowl game.

But while Kentucky is still alive for a spot in the College Football Playoff, no one is picking them to make it that far. To do so, they’d have to win out and probably beat Alabama or LSU in the SEC Championship. Beating LSU seems realistic, but it’s hard to see anyone beating Alabama.

There’s an off chance Kentucky makes it to the playoff with a 11-2 record if they win out and lose to Alabama in Atlanta, but the Wildcats would need a lot of help.

College Football Bowl Projections Week 10

The College Football playoff rankings on Tuesday will give us a better view of where Kentucky could finish, depending on where the committee ranks them. With Florida and Texas both losing this week, Kentucky will most likely be in the top 10 when they square off against Georgia next week.

Kentucky has been winning as underdogs all season. They’ll be big underdogs once again when they face Georgia. Win or lose, it’s a massive accomplishment to be playing for a chance at the SEC East title. It would be great for UK to play in the SEC Championship game, but an appearance in a New Year’s Six Bowl game would still be meaningful even if they lose to Georgia.