(WAVE) - Kentucky will go for its first 10-win season since 1977 when it takes on Big Ten power Penn State in the Citrus Bowl.
College football postseason selections were announced Sunday, and among them was UK’s third straight bowl invitation.
Kentucky’s 9-3 record includes its highest win total since 1984, but the Wildcats have lost their last four bowl games, winless since the Liberty Bowl that followed the 2008 season.
At 7-1, UK checked in at No. 9 in the first College Football Rankings following Week 9. But two straight losses not only knocked Kentucky from playoff contention, but out of the SEC East race as well.
The Wildcats closed with two straight wins over nonleague squads, a 34-23 defeat of Middle Tennessee State and a 56-10 thrashing of struggling instate rival Louisville.
Also Sunday, Kentucky remained at No. 16 in the Associated Press poll and No. 15 in the Coaches' poll.
The Citrus Bowl will be played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla., on New Year’s Day at 1 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ABC.
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Kentucky finished 14th in Sunday’s final CFP rankings; Penn State checked in at No. 12.
The Nittany Lions started 4-0, but then lost two straight games to Ohio State and Michigan State. Penn State closed with three straight wins, and five of their last six, to finish 9-3 overall and 6-3 in the Big Ten East Division.