The Kentucky football team suffered what Coach Mark Stoops referred to as a “very devastating” loss to Mississippi on Saturday night, losing the game 37-34 on a Rebels’ touchdown with just five seconds left.
The defeat dropped UK to 6-3 on the season and 3-3 in league play, but — on a positive note — the Cats already clinched bowl eligibility for the second straight season with the previous week’s victory over Tennessee.
One of the Southeastern Conference-affiliated “Pool of Six” bowls looks to be the most likely outcome for the Cats’ season with games against Vanderbilt, Georgia and Louisville remaining on the schedule.
A primer on those six bowl games:
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▪ Outback Bowl: SEC vs. Big Ten in Tampa, Fla., on Jan. 1 (noon on ESPN2).
▪ TaxSlayer Bowl: SEC vs. Big Ten/ACC in Jacksonville, Fla., on Dec. 30 (noon on ESPN)
▪ Music City Bowl: SEC vs. ACC/Big Ten in Nashville on Dec. 29 (4:30 p.m. on ESPN)
▪ Texas Bowl: SEC vs. Big 12 in Houston on Dec. 27 (9 p.m. on ESPN)
▪ Belk Bowl: SEC vs. ACC in Charlotte on Dec. 29 (1 p.m. on ESPN)
▪ Liberty Bowl: SEC vs. Big 12 in Memphis on Dec. 30 (12:30 p.m. on ABC)
Bowl assignments will be announced on Dec. 3.
Here’s a rundown of where national websites are projecting UK following Saturday’s loss to Ole Miss:
ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura: vs. Iowa in the Music City Bowl
ESPN’s David Hale: vs. Virginia in the Belk Bowl
CBS Sports: vs. Texas in the Liberty Bowl
Sports Illustrated: vs. Kansas State in the Liberty Bowl
Sporting News: vs. N.C. State in the Music City Bowl
Bleacher Report: vs. Wake Forest in the Belk Bowl
SB Nation: vs. N.C. State in the TaxSlayer Bowl