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Bowl projections for UK football team after Saturday’s loss to Georgia

Mark Stoops and his Kentucky Wildcats lost at Georgia, 42-13, on Saturday.
Mark Stoops and his Kentucky Wildcats lost at Georgia, 42-13, on Saturday. aslitz@herald-leader.com

The Kentucky football team had a tough trip to Athens on Saturday, losing to No. 7 Georgia, 42-13, to fall to 7-4 on the season and finish up at 4-4 in Southeastern Conference play.

UK will be back home Saturday for its regular-season finale against archrival Louisville (noon kickoff on SEC Network), then it’ll be on to bowl season.

One of the SEC-affiliated “Pool of Six” bowls still looks to be the most likely outcome for Kentucky. It’s highly unlikely that the Cats will end up back in the TaxSlayer Bowl after playing in that one last season. The Belk Bowl kicks off at the same time as the Kentucky-Louisville basketball game, meaning UK would probably like to avoid that bowl game this year.

Here’s primer on the “Pool of Six” bowls:

▪  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 Georgia:

ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura: vs. Wake Forest in the Belk Bowl

ESPN’s David Hale: vs. Wake Forest in the Belk Bowl

Sports Illustrated: vs. Northwestern in the Music City Bowl

NBC Sports: vs. Northwestern in the Music City Bowl

CBS Sports: vs. Texas in the Liberty Bowl

Orlando Sentinel: vs. Iowa State in the Liberty Bowl

SB Nation: vs. Northwestern in the Music City Bowl

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops talks to the media after his team’s 42-13 loss at Georgia.

After Saturday’s 42-13 loss at No. 7 Georgia, Kentucky’s players were asked about Saturday’s game against Louisville.

After 42-13 loss at Georgia, Kentucky offensive coordinator Eddie Gran was unhappy with one aspect of his unit’s play.

Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen and safety Mike Edwards talk about Georgia running backs Nick Chubb and Sony Michel after Georgia’s 42-13 victory.

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