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Would Cats accept bowl bid at 5-7?

There has been much speculation nationally about what will happen if there aren’t enough teams with six victories to fill the plethora of bowls.

But there’s been zero chatter on the Kentucky front about it even though the Cats are one of those teams that could be in that interesting 5-7 place at the end of this weekend.

“I’d hate to comment on that,” Coach Mark Stoops said on Wednesday as his team prepared to take on Louisville on Saturday. “We desperately want to get six. I don’t want you in here asking me those questions next week. I want to be in here talking about six. So, I don’t want to think about that.”

If Kentucky were one of those teams to get invited to a bowl with a losing record, it sounds like the Cats would jump at the opportunity just because of the extra practices that come with postseason play.

“We need the practices,” Stoops said this week. “We’re getting better as the season goes on. We’re developing younger players. We’re getting better. We need the work.”

On the other side of the fence is Louisville at 6-5.

The Cardinals coach said the idea of losing teams getting into postseason play is “something you don’t want to think about. That’s something that’s hard to think about,” Bobby Petrino said on Monday.

When asked if perhaps there are too many bowls, Petrino said: “There could be if you’re getting down to that.”

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