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Kentucky Football: Kentucky Wildcats Face The Pittsburgh Panthers in the BBVA Compass Bowl

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The Kentucky Wildcats have reportedly accepted an invitation to play in the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Alabama on January 8th, to play against the Pittsburgh Panthers.  This is the bowl most prognosticators had Kentucky headed to since the loss to Tennessee in Knoxville two Saturdays ago.  Getting to face 7-5 Pitt is not a bad thing, either.  Pittsburgh looks like a good team, but one that UK should be able to beat if they play well.

The BBVA Compass Bowl is the former bowl and is in its fifth year of existence, and has such worthies as South Carolina, East Carolina, Southern Mississippi and Cincinnati as alumni.  In other words, this is exactly the kind of bowl a team like UK could expect to find itself in after a 6-6 season.  At least it can no longer accurately be called the “Pizza Bowl.”

The good news is that this is UK’s fifth straight bowl, this bowl is not in the state of Tennessee for the first time since the streak began, and it is likely to be a lot warmer in Birmingham than in Tennessee.  It is also good news that the game is on a Saturday, and that should enable UK to bring a large crowd.  I’m seriously considering attending for two reasons — I’ve never been to a college bowl game, and I’ve never been to Alabama. 

The bad news is that Birmingham late in the bowl season is not exactly the destination most of us had in mind for the ‘Cats when the football season started.  But in the end, this is probably the sort of bow a 6-6 team deserves, especially one managing only two conference wins.

I’m sure everyone is disappointed in how the season ended.  Kentucky let three and arguably four SEC games slip through their fingers this year, and that turned what looked like a fairly promising season after the Louisville game into something of a disappointment, although it’s hard to be too disappointed about Kentucky football when it manages enough wins to get into a bowl, even an afterthought bowl like the BBVA Compass.

So that’s how it goes.  We’ll have more on this game soon, but in the meantime, here is an interview I did with a blog called Bowl Season just a few days ago.

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Thursday College Football/NFL/Veterans Day Game Night Open Comment Thread

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I missed last night’s fog-bound Bowling Green-Miami (Ohio) game, but I won’t be forgetting tonight’s critical Big East tilt between the Connecticut Huskies and the Pittsburgh Panthers, as the Pitt-UConn clash serves as an appetizer for real football this weekend’s rivalry showdown on the Plains.

Also, for those of you who are into that sort of thing, I hear there’s some pro game on tonight, too. Feel free to talk about all of it here in this special Veterans Day edition of the Thursday night open comment thread!

Go ‘Dawgs! Happy Veterans Day! Auburna delenda est!

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Don’t Bet On It!: Week Nine College Football National Game of Disinterest (Even More Than the Others, I Mean)

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We’ve gone around the SEC and found we really didn’t care because it’s the week of the Florida game! We’ve looked at the national games of interest and found they really weren’t that interesting because it’s the week of the Florida game! Now it’s time to identify the national game of disinterest, which is only marginally less interesting than every other game not being played on the banks of the St. John’s River because it’s the week of the Florida game!

This week’s national game of disinterest is . . .

Louisville Cardinals at Pittsburgh Panthers

The Boise St. Broncos, TCU Horned Frogs, and Utah Utes are struggling to garner national attention for their achievements and respect for their success, yet the Big East gets an automatic bid to a BCS bowl game . . . and here are a pair of 4-3 teams who are seriously in contention for the championship of that conference.

Yeah, all right, I get the irony (some would say hypocrisy) of my maligning a pair of four-win contenders for the league championship who are squaring off in late October while I’m getting psyched about essentially the same thing going on in Jacksonville, but at least our weak four-win teams duking it out for the division crown in a watered-down SEC East are fighting for a championship whose winner will travel to Atlanta to get routed by whichever heavyweight emerges from the SEC West. Our East honoree is going to sully nothing more sacred than the Gator Bowl, whereas their East honoree—quite possibly one of these two teams, in fact—is going to besmirch a major bowl game.

It just ain’t right, which is why this game is the national game of disinterest (even more than the rest of them are, I mean, because it’s the week of the Florida game!).

Go ‘Dawgs!

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