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Friday Headlines: Gator Bowl vs. Clemson Gameday Edition

It’s GAMEDAY!

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It’s GAME DAY in Jacksonville, with the kickoff of the Gator Bowl peeking over the horizon.

This year’s Gator Bowl will showcase the Kentucky Wildcats as they face off against the No. 22 Clemson Tigers. We all know Kentucky travels well, but Clemson fans have a much closer drive to Jacksonville. So which fan base will show out more? Which team will celebrate the end of 2023 victorious? There are many more questions and only time will tell.

Good news for Kentucky is they have their star running back — Ray Davis — suiting up for this one. Without Davis, it’s a headache to try and imagine what Kentucky’s offense would’ve had (or had not) been able to do this fall. Davis has been incredible carrying the ball, turning something out of nothing from the backfield and even running routes downfield.

The Wildcats were able to return Jordan Dingle from a brief time in the transfer portal, which at bare minimum adds continuity to their offense today along with a highly skilled player. Between Davis, Dingle and Kentucky’s pass catchers, the Wildcats will present all sorts of problems for a Clemson Tigers defense missing several key pieces.

Kentucky’s real key to success this year has been taking an early lead or at least remaining competitive early on. They’ve not been a productive team playing from behind, so the first quarter or two could wind up being pretty critical for the outcome of today’s game.

After opening as a touchdown underdog, Kentucky has closed the game on the spread. According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Wildcats are -4.5 point underdogs to the Tigers, with the game’s point total currently set at 45. ESPN’s Football Power Index also gives Clemson the edge to win, with the projection reading an estimated 65.9% to win.

Today’s game is scheduled to kick off at noon ET with television coverage on ESPN/ESPN+.

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Headlines

Listen to UK Sports Network Radio Coverage of Kentucky vs. Clemson – UK Athletics

Starting two hours before kickoff.

Kentucky's culture remains strong despite ever-changing college football landscape - Cats Pause

Kentucky has found a way to maintain a strong culture despite more roster turnover than ever before in college football.

Vince Marrow Expecting Deep Tourney Run From Cats - Vaught’s Views

They’re looking pretty good right now.

Pistons tie 76ers for longest overall losing streak at 28 games - ESPN

Have to feel for Kevin Knox.

What Will SEC Competition Be Like For Kentucky? - Vaught’s Views

First game is just over a week away.

Alabama QB Jalen Milroe overcomes doubters, getting ‘last laugh’ - ESPN

Are you taking the Tide or Wolverines?

UK is the Place Maxwell Hairston Wants to Be - Vaught’s Views

He’s had a great season.

Illinois’ Terrence Shannon Jr. charged with rape, suspended - ESPN

Yikes.

Antonio Reeves’ growth at Illinois State prepared him for UK - KSR

His presence has been huge this year.

Alabama taking precautions in wake of sign-stealing scandal - ESPN

Anyone else tired of this story?


And here are this week’s A Sea Of Blue Reacts results, where Kentucky fans let us know who wins the Gator Bowl.