Just surfacing less than an hour ago, Kentucky found out their bowl destination. They will be headed to Jacksonville, Florida for their eighth straight bowl game under Mark Stoops with this one coming against Dabo Swinney's Clemson Tigers. After the program and staff had time to reflect on the news, they released public statements on the bowl destination.
“On behalf of our team and all of us at the University of Kentucky, we are excited to accept the invitation to the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl,” said Mark Stoops. “The Big Blue Nation always represents at our bowl destination and we are excited to spend time in Jacksonville. We look forward to a great week and our team can’t wait to play one more time this season.”
Coming off a loss in the Music City Bowl against the Iowa Hawkeyes last postseason, the Kentucky Football program is hungry for another bowl win and reach 8 total wins this season. You finally get a big name opponent which would be a huge win if Kentucky pulled it off.
UK Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart also commented on the news of where the program he oversees is headed to. “The University of Kentucky is honored to receive an invitation to represent the Southeastern Conference in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl... We are thrilled to go to Jacksonville, where we have had great bowl experiences and have an excellent relationship with (bowl director) Greg McGarity and the staff.
Per the school records, Kentucky is 8-5 vs. Clemson all-time with three of those matchups coming in bowl games. Clemson won the 1993 Peach Bowl against Kentucky (14-13), Kentucky defeated Clemson in the 2006 Music City Bowl (28-20), and Clemson defeated Kentucky in the 2009 Music City Bowl (21-13).