Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl

November 17th, 2022 by admin Leave a reply »

An SEC/ACC battle is on hand tonight in Nashville Tennessee, as the Kentucky Wildcats meet the Clemson Tigers in the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl. Both teams hold five losses, but have played well down the stretch, particularly Clemson who had a chance at the Orange Bowl before falling in the conference championship game. Each team started slow, Kentucky started 2-3 before winning all but two of the final seven outings, while Clemson lost two out of it’s first four before getting hot down the stretch. Competitiveness hasn’t been a problem for either of these teams, as the Wildcats have been hardened by the rigors of the SEC, and all five of the Tigers losses coming by less than ten points. The last time these two met, it was in 2006 where the Wildcats came away with a spirited 28-20 victory. This may not be the desired destination for these two teams, but look for a spirited contest, as they look to represent their conferences ion style.

As we stated earlier, the Kentucky Wildcats really started to find their niche’ towards the end of the season, winning five of their final seven games. A 30-24 overtime loss to Tennessee ended their season, but the Wildcats have proved to be a team that shouldn’t be taken lightly. However, good things have come out of this season for Rich Brooks and company, as they have run the school’s longest winning streak against non-conference opponents to 18 games, which also happens to be the second longest in the country. Brooks hopes to have starting quarterback Michael Hartline for tonight outing, as the young passer has been out since early October with a knee injury. Hartline has been up and down this year, completing 59.4% of his passes for 802 yards, but throwing seven interceptions as opposed to just six touchdowns. If he cannot play, it will be Morgan Newton under center, who has completed 55.4% of his attempts for 608 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Whether it is Hartline or Newton throwing passes, expect the focal point of the offense to be Randall Cobb, who has been the team’s most dangerous weapon this year. Cobb has caught 37 catches for 427 yards and four scores, while picking up an additional 537 yards and ten scores on the ground. Accompanying him in the backfield is Derrick Locke, who leads the team in rushing with 843 yards and six touchdowns. These two have mad it possible for the team to average 27.2 points and 336.1 yards despite the inconsistencies at quarterback. Defense has been the Wildcats’ strong suit in 2009, as they have limited opponents to 22.8 points 362.9 yards per game. Cornerback Trevard Lindley has been a big playmaker for Brooks’ defense, which will be without starting linebacker Sam Maxwell.

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