After a controversial Selection Sunday of the College Football Playoffs, this side of the sport that involves the Kentucky Wildcats has some news as well. Kentucky has accepted an invitation to the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl to face the Clemson Tigers.
The bowl game will take place at 'Bill Gay Grounds at EverBank Stadium' in Jacksonville, Florida on December 29th at noon.
The Wildcats with face off against the Tigers in their 8th straight bowl appearance which extends the school record set by Mark Stoops. Before losing to Iowa in the Music City Bowl last year, Kentucky was on a 4-game winning streak in their bowl games. Let's hope they can get back on track with this major test against the once powerhouse of Clemson.
Kentucky had an exciting start to the season going 5-0 with a win on the road at Vanderbilt and one at home against Florida before going 2-5 in the final seven, finishing 7-5 on the year. Thankfully they had an exciting win over No. 10 Louisville in the annual Governor's Cup series, but if that hadn't happened, I'm not sure fans would be totally locked in for this upcoming one.
Clemson finished the year 8-4 with notable wins over No. 15 Notre Dame, UNC, and Duke. It was a "down year" for both programs that are just hoping to find an extra win to cap off the record. I think a lot of football fans have respect for what Dabo has done at the school, but it's clear that it has dropped off some in the last few season for many reasons, with I think the major one being his tactic of not utilizing the transfer portal. On the other hand, Kentucky has found a lot of success using it. Two different routes by two vastly different head coaches.
Tickets are now on sale on Ticketmaster if you plan to travel to it. Better be quick, this will be one you want to be at if Kentucky could pull off the win. But before deciding, make sure you know that the Kentucky men's basketball team also plays on that same day at 7:00 pm inside Rupp Arena, hosting Illinois State. Antonio Reeves spent three years of his collegiate career with that program.