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Jamie Vaught: Despite tougher schedule, Kentucky’s odds for winning 2020 football season look strong

The football Wildcats, who are coming off an electrifying Belk Bowl victory over Virginia Tech in Charlotte, now have posted four straight winning seasons. Will they have another victorious campaign in 2020? I think so, although the schedule may be a little bit tougher. But UK will have some experienced weapons coming back and that helps. In addition, the Wildcats have more talent than in the past...

Jamie Vaught: Just like Coca-Cola’s 1970s marketing campaign, UK football is now the ‘Real Thing’

Like the old Coca-Cola’s marketing campaign back in the 1970s, UK football is now the “Real Thing.” Yes, coach Mark Stoops’ Wildcats are becoming a regular threat in Southeastern Conference battles. They are now winning against the mid-tier conference schools along with a chance to beat SEC (and national) powerhouses like Florida and Georgia. And Kentucky has won against the bowl veterans...

Keith Taylor: Promising season becomes memorable one as Bowden’s heroics made UK football special

What began as a promising season turned out to be a memorable one for Kentucky. 
The Wildcats opened with two consecutive victories before veteran quarterback Terry Wilson went down with a season-ending injury. The Wildcats then turned to Troy transfer Sawyer Smith, who was solid – and heartbreaking – 29-21 setback to Florida. 
A banged-up Smith started two games and a 24-7 loss at South...

Behind Belk Bowl: Josh Paschal beats cancer scare, thanks to teammate Calvin Taylor, doctors and faith

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today CHARLOTTE, N.C. (KT) — Calvin Taylor Jr. still marvels at Josh Paschal’s miraculous comeback from a cancer scare. “He doesn’t even know this, but he’s real influential with my faith and just believing in God,” Taylor said. “He’s living proof that God is real. It’s an amazing story.” The University of Kentucky teammates became closer after Paschal was...

Bowden ends collegiate career in style; Cats bring home Belk Bowl championship, 37-30 over Va. Tech

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today CHARLOTTE, N.C. (KT) — Lynn Bowden’s last play as a collegiate football player was a touchdown pass that will be remembered for years to come and one that put the finishing touches on his final season at Kentucky. 
Bowden, who will enter the NFL Draft in April following a stellar junior season, threw a 13-yard scoring strike to Josh Ali with 15 seconds to play that...

Kentucky’s Lynn Bowden declares for NFL draft, will play in December 31 Belk Bowl against Virginia Tech

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Lynn Bowden is ready for the next phase of his football career and declared for the NFL Draft on Monday. “This is a moment I’ve dreamed of for a long time, but there’s no way I could have gotten here without a lot of people,” he said. “To my mom and my family, thank you for raising me. To my son, thank for your inspiring me. To coach (Mark)...

Stoops honored to accept Belk Bowl bid; Wildcats set to play Virginia Tech Dec. 31 in Charlotte

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky accepted its fourth consecutive bowl bid Sunday, this time the Wildcats will make an appearance in the Belk Bowl in a noon kickoff on Dec. 31 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops welcomed the invitation from the Belk Bowl, which will be the team’s first appearance in the postseason event. Kentucky finished 7-5 this past season and won its...

Cardinals won't be home for the holidays, but no one is complaining about extra work

Louisville’s seniors have qualified for four straight bowl games and are used to being on the road during the holidays (UofL Athletics Photo)   As most college students across the country are departing campus and heading home for the holiday season, members of the University of Louisville football team are gearing up for a trip of their own.   The No. 21-ranked Cardinals (9-3, 5-3 ACC)...

Russ Brown: No decision yet on who the quarterback will be for U of L in Belk Bowl

UofL coach Bobby Petrino is not tipping his hand yet about whether Reggie Bonnafon (above) or Kyle Bolin will start against the No. 13 Bulldogs in Charlotte on Dec. 30 (UofL Athletics Photo)   By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   LOUISVILLE–Here’s the long-awaited news on Louisville’s quarterback situation for the Cardinals’ Belk Bowl game against Georgia in...

Russ Brown: No decision yet on who the quarterback will be for U of L in Belk Bowl

UofL coach Bobby Petrino is not tipping his hand yet about whether Reggie Bonnafon (above) or Kyle Bolin will start against the No. 13 Bulldogs in Charlotte on Dec. 30 (UofL Athletics Photo)   By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   LOUISVILLE–Here’s the long-awaited news on Louisville’s quarterback situation for the Cardinals’ Belk Bowl game against Georgia in...

Russ Brown: No. 20 Louisville will battle Georgia for the first time in Belk Bowl

Bobby Petrino will lead Louisville to its fifth straight post-season appearance, a game against Georgia in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 30 (UofL Photo)   By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   Jake Smith didn’t quite understand the wacky bowl selection process, but when the dust had settled early Sunday evening, the University of Louisville offensive lineman did understand this:   “An...