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Kentucky still getting big bowl projections after loss to Georgia

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Kentucky is still in the hunt for a New Year’s Six bowl.

Jason Marcum - Sea of Blue

The Kentucky Wildcats came up short against a very good Georgia team with a chance to clinch their first ever SEC East title and head to Atlanta to play in the SEC championship.

The loss eliminates Kentucky’s playoff chances, but they are still in the hunt for a New Year’s Six bowl game, which would be a monumental accomplishment for the football program.

And a slew of outlets think that Kentucky is due for a NY6 bowl game this season. Of course, that could always change if the Wildcats were drop one of their three remaining games left, the most likely being at Tennessee.

But, if the Wildcats win-out and finish 10-2, New Years could be calling the Wildcats’ name for the first time in school history.

Bowl Projections by website:

247 Sports:

Projected bowl: Fiesta Bowl, January 1st, 1 PM on ESPN

Projected opponent: UCF Knights

CBSSports:

Projected bowl: Peach Bowl, December 29th, Noon on ESPN

Projected opponent: West Virginia Mountaineers

Bleacher Report:

Projected bowl: Fiesta Bowl, January 1st, 1 PM on ESPN

Projected opponent: Oklahoma Sooners

Sports Illustrated:

Projected bowl: Fiesta Bowl, January 1st, 1 PM on ESPN

Projected opponent: UCF Knights

SB Nation:

Projected bowl: Fiesta Bowl, January 1st, 1 PM on ESPN

Projected opponent: UCF Knights

The majority of websites have the Wildcats facing Central Florida, who gets the G5 bid for the second straight season. While the Knights don’t have the name appeal as other projections have Kentucky facing (Oklahoma, West Virginia) the Knights are a good team who did beat Auburn in the Peach Bowl last season, so they deserve to be in a NY6 bowl game barring any slip-up.

Now, with the pressure of winning the East off of the Wildcats, they just have to go out there and play football. They can’t let this loss to Georgia turn into a loss to Tennessee who only beat Charlotte 14-3 at home. If Kentucky goes out and does their job and wins these last three games, Glendale, AZ is looking like a major possibility.