December 27, 2009
The Kentucky Wildcats and the Clemson tigers face off in the Music City Bowl on Sunday Night. Both programs have had mediocre seasons and look to cap them off with a bowl victory.
Kentucky had been one of the worst teams in the SEC prior to HC Rich Brooks arrival. Since taking over in the 2003 season, he has steadily improved his recruiting, and has turned this Wildcats program into a respectable SEC contender. In Brooks first 3 seasons Kentucky won a meager 9 games combined. Since then, they have had 3 consecutive seasons in which they have appeared in a bowl game, and won all 3. Two of those bowl victory’s came as underdogs. Brooks certainly knows how to get the most out of his players, and that should translate well to the game against Clemson Sunday night.
The Clemson tigers have been at or near the top of the ACC since Tommy Bowden took over as head coach. However, his bowl record is nothing like his fathers. He has gone 3-5 over the last 8 seasons in bowl match-ups, and will have another tall task ahead of him Sunday. A second loss to Georgia Tech this season in the ACC Championship game took the air out of Clemson’s sails as they settled for this bowl game. It will hard to say whether of not this squad will be highly motivated for this match-up as they could have had a much bigger bowl match-up had they beat the Yellow Jackets. Despite winning 8 games this season they have had somewhat of a soft schedule, and may not be as good as they lead on.
Even though both of these teams generally get lost in the shuffle of college football, this should be an entertaining game that will come down to the wire. Tune in Sunday Night as the Tigers and Wildcats square off in the Music City Bowl.