The Gator Bowl is in its first year of a four-year deal with the SEC and the Big Ten. They will select a Big Ten team after the BCS, Capital One and Outback Bowls, and take an SEC team after the BCS, Capital One, Cotton, Outback and Chick-Fil-A make their choices.
With the game being played in Jacksonville, their obvious SEC choice would be Florida.
“You have to ask the question, ‘Can Florida get one more victory?’ ” Gator Bowl president Rick Catlett said . “Appalachian State is a power in [the Football Championship Subdivision]. FSU is not going to be easy. But if Florida should win both of those games, I think a bowl would get a team and its fans feeling very good about their finish.”
More than likely, Florida is going to finish the season with one win in their final two games, so it appears that Kentucky’s chances of playing in the Sunshine State on New Year’s Day is highly unlikely.
However, Kentucky is at least on the map, mostly because of their rabid fan base.
“Kentucky, if it comes off a victory over Tennessee, would be 7-5 and our indications from other bowls are that they would sell their allotment within 24 hours,” said Catlett.
The Big Ten team in the Gator Bowl will likely be Penn State, Iowa or Michigan.
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The most likliest of destinations for the Wildcats continues to be either the Birmingham Bowl, which is played in Birmingham, AL, on January 8, or the ever-popular Music City Bowl on December 30. The Birmingham Bowl would be against a might Big East foe, while the Music City pits you against a ACC team. The Liberty Bowl is probably not an option this year because it is played on December 31, the same day as the UK/UofL basketball game at the KFC Yum! Center.