The Kentucky football team won't officially find out its bowl destination until next Sunday, but the picture is a lot clearer after a 28-10 loss to Tennessee in the regular-season finale.
UK (6-6 overall, 2-6 Southeastern Conference) still held out hope for a Chick-fil-A Bowl bid before Saturday, but that probably went out the window in Knoxville.
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The Wildcats appear headed for either a third straight trip to the Music City Bowl in Nashville (Dec. 31, 3:30 p.m.) or their first-ever appearance in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis (Jan. 2, 5 p.m.).
The Music City Bowl will pit an SEC team against an Atlantic Coast Conference team. Possible ACC representatives include Boston College, Maryland, Miami and Virginia Tech.
The Liberty Bowl features the SEC against the Conference USA champion. East Carolina will face Tulsa in the C-USA championship game on Dec. 6.
The Wildcats played without defensive starters Jeremy Jarmon (knee), Marcus McClinton (leg) and backup defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin (ankle). Several other players suffered bumps and bruises during the game.
"We're not what I would call a fresh and healthy football team right now," UK Coach Rich Brooks said. "We need to get well and get people healthy."
Johnson leadsin tackles again
Micah Johnson led the Wildcats with 12 tackles, including one quarterback sack and two tackles for a loss. It was his fourth double-figure tackling game of his career, all coming this season.
Johnson, a junior middle linebacker, has totaled two or more tackles in 20 consecutive games.