Politics, money and bowl selection: What factors bowl committees will consider in picking UofL, UK

12/04/2016 08:00 AM

After the University of Kentucky upset in-state rival University of Louisville on a last-minute field goal last week, both teams are on different trajectories heading into Selection Sunday.

The 41-38 win has given the Wildcats a bit of momentum heading into their first bowl game since the 2010 season while the Cardinals had their hopes of making the college football playoffs dashed, although a bigger bowl is in their future.

So what will help determine where each team lands? A passionate fan base like UK’s doesn’t hurt when trying to fill a stadium, and a probable Heisman winner in UofL quarterback Lamar Jackson will likely boost TV ratings.

Attendance and ratings are key factors that will help host cities and television networks with their ultimate goal: making more money.

Political reporter Kevin Wheatley sat down with cn|2 Sports’ Andrew Chernoff and KSTV’s TJ Beisner to get their points of view on how UofL and UK will fare when bowl matchups are announced on Sunday.


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