T-Pain and Taylor Swift, Your Halftime Entertainment at the Music City Bowl?
Kentucky v. Clemson. This is a matchup that has all the flavor of well, Kentucky v. Clemson in this exact same bowl game in 2006. Clemson was favored then, as they are now, and again they will lose. Noir Rich Brooks always has a plan for the Music City Bowl. The plan as far as I've been able to figure it out is to go into the game with everyone counting you out and then still scratching out a victory. Ask Clemson of 2006 and Florida State of 2007. This strategery was also extended in the Kentucky Liberty Bowl win against ECU last season. CJ Spiller should have a fantastic game all over the field doing various exciting things because that's what he does, see below:
Why won't any of what Spiller does matter? Because let's face it, we are still talking about Clemson here. If they aren't the most consistently disappointing team of the decade, I don't know what team is. See this article which only includes the failings up to 2007. In 2007, they started the season 4-0 and then dropped two conference games and finished the season 9-4 by losing the Peach Bowl (you might have heard it called the Chik-Fil-A Bowl but I refuse this name) to Auburn. Remember when Clemson was ranked preseason no. 9 in 2008? Clemson lost the Gator Bowl to Nebraska to finish 7-6. How did Clemson end up in the Music City Bowl this year? An 8-5 season was enough to win the ACC Atlantic Division. The Tigers had already wrapped up the division when they lost badly to South Carolina and then wasted an amazing performance by Spiller in the ACC Championship game in another loss.
For whatever else the Kentucky Wildcats are, they are still an SEC team that wins out of conference games. Rich Brooks has won 3 straight bowl games and defeated 18 straight out of conference teams. That streak is second in the nation to Les Miles' 23 straight non-conference wins at LSU. The offense and defense of Kentucky is not going to impress you, but they seem to hang around every game and I figure they can do it one more time against a Clemson team that you should expect to make mistakes.
Mr. Lincoln, as in Abraham the 16th US President, disagrees and has gone with Clemson. He's off to a 1-0 start after having picked the Trojans. This process (less complex than you might think) and new One-Handed Grab feature will be explained later in the Saturday bowl wrap up, along with Urban Meyer and the updated Bowl Challenge Standings.