SEC-Big 12 Preview 2015 – Kentucky 2017-04-25T11:39:42+00:00
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Allstate Sugar Bowl Looks at Big 12-SEC 2015The Allstate Sugar Bowl secured its future through January 2026 with the announcement that it would host the champions of the Southeastern and Big 12 Conferences in eight of the 12 years between 2014 and 2025. If the champion of either or both leagues is selected for the College Football Playoff, a replacement team from that conference will play in the Sugar Bowl. In the four seasons that the Sugar Bowl is not hosting the Big 12 and the SEC (2014, 2017, 2020, 2023), it will serve as a College Football Playoff Semifinal.

After last year’s Playoff Semifinal game, this year’s Allstate Sugar Bowl will be the first as the official destination for the top available teams from the Big 12 and the SEC. To lead into the season, the Bowl is providing brief previews of each team in the leagues.

University of Kentucky2014 Record: 5-7 (2-6, Sixth in SEC East)

Bowl Projection
Athlon: Independence Bowl vs. North Carolina

Key Returnees
Patrick Towles (Jr., QB): 225-of-393, 2,718 yards, 14 TDs, 9 INT
Stanley Williams (So., RB): 74 carries, 486 yards, 5 TDs
Josh Forrest (Sr., LB): 110 tackles, 7 TFL
Austin MacGinnis (So., PK): 41-of-41 XP, 21-of-27 FGs, 8 FGs of 40+ yards – first-team all-conference

Key Stat
Despite only winning two SEC games last year, the first win snapped a 17-game losing streak in league play.

Key Early Games
Sept. 12 at South Carolina (6:30 p.m. Central, SEC Network):
The SEC opener for the Wildcats will be critical as the Gamecocks are pegged to be a middle-of-the-pack team in the SEC East; a loss here puts Kentucky in an early hole.

Sept. 19 vs. Florida (6:30 p.m. Central, SEC Network): The ‘Cats lost a three-overtime thriller to the Gators early last season; a win here will show they are definitely on the upswing under third-year coach Mark Stoops.

YouTube Wildcats
The Wildcats picked up their second straight SEC victory for the first time since 2009 as Jojo Kemp dashed for three rushing touchdowns in a thrilling 45-38 victory over South Carolina on October 4 – here’s an exhausted Kemp’s third score of the day.