Kentucky Wildcats Are Jacksonville Bound To Face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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Kentucky Wildcats Are Jacksonville Bound To Face the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Photo Credit: Andrew Bishop,

Kentucky’s win in Louisville put them in position to go to Jacksonville. Photo Credit: Andrew Bishop,

The speculation about where the Kentucky Wildcats (7-5, 4-4 SEC) would play their bowl game is officially over now. Kentucky fans can now make plans and preparations to head to Jacksonville for the Tax Slayer Bowl versus the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (8-4, 4-4 ACC) at 11:00 A.M. on December 31.

North Florida in December isn’t a bad thing at all. Kentucky fans could sure get used to that and Mark Stoops hopes that’s the case.

As for the game itself anything is possible, especially in bowl games. However, on the surface it looks as if fans of the running game should be extremely happy with this match up. Kentucky will challenge Georgia Tech with Benny Snell and Boom Williams who both climbed the 1,000 yard plateau this season. The Yellow Jackets counter with head coach Paul Johnson and his triple option predominately run based offense.

If the game is a run fest from start to finish Johnson’s feelings wouldn’t be hurt in the least.

He said it jokingly but if that could be the case he would definitely take it. Georgia Tech is dead last in the ACC in passing yards with 1,574. Conversely they lead the ACC with 3,089 yards on the ground, edging out Louisville by a mere eight yards.

They will definitely pose a challenge to Kentucky defensively but the extra time off will give the Cats a chance to study them and get a read on how they operate. Eddie Gran and Stephen Johnson will no doubt break up all of the ground and pound with several deep shots down the field.

It’s hard to believe that another college football regular season has reached its conclusion (Army and Navy play this weekend) and bowl season is fast approaching. It’s nice to see Kentucky football back in that mix.

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