Jen Smith on UK Football

Kentucky in small pool of SEC schools TaxSlayer Bowl is pondering

Kentucky wide receiver Jeff Badet extended a play in the second half of the Cats’ win over No. 11 Louisville on Saturday. The upset win gave UK seven wins and upgraded its bowl prospects.
Kentucky wide receiver Jeff Badet extended a play in the second half of the Cats’ win over No. 11 Louisville on Saturday. The upset win gave UK seven wins and upgraded its bowl prospects.

The TaxSlayer Bowl confirmed that it is indeed selecting from a small pool of Southeastern Conference teams that includes Kentucky for its bowl on New Year’s Eve in Jacksonville, Fla.

Other SEC teams in the mix include Auburn, Florida and Arkansas. One of those four teams probably will meet a team from the Atlantic Coast Conference, including Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.

The final selection of the two participants will take place at 6 p.m. Sunday, but it’s likely that UK’s landing spot will be known before the weekend.

The TaxSlayer Bowl is played on Dec. 31 at 11 a.m. at Jacksonville’s EverBank Field.

Here’s a look at how Kentucky officials say advance-ordered tickets might help UK’s bowl case.

And here is how league officials are hoping to place their schools in the most attractive locations possible.

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