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NCAA Football Kentucky Wildcats

Kentucky Wildcats Face Tough Road to Bowl Eligibility

Mark Zerof, USA TODAY SPORTS

Mark Zerof, USA TODAY SPORTS

The Kentucky Wildcats find themselves one win away from becoming bowl eligible. Finding that sixth win will be a challenge.

Kentucky topped Louisiana-Monroe 48-14 on Saturday, after falling behind 14-3 early. The Kentucky defense stepped up in the game, producing two interception returns for touchdowns.

The Wildcats now find themselves at 5-1 on the season and on the brink of their first bowl game in four years. Kentucky has six games left to find at least one more win, but the second half of the schedule appears to be much tougher than the first half.

It starts on Saturday when the Wildcats visit the LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge. Kentucky last won at Tiger Stadium in 1998. The game is scheduled for a 7:30 Eastern Time kickoff, and the Tigers rarely lose at home, especially at night.

Kentucky then returns home to face the nation’s top-ranked team, the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Needless to say, that will be a huge challenge.

After that game, Kentucky visits the Missouri Tigers on November 1 before hosting their final home game of the season on November 8 against the Georgia Bulldogs.

Road games against two rivals close the regular season. Kentucky visits the Tennessee Volunteers on November 15 and the Louisville Cardinals on November 29.

With the way things have gone this season in the SEC East, anything can happen. However, it appears that Kentucky’s best shots at winning come against Missouri, Tennessee and Louisville.

If Mark Stoops and his team can pull off at least one more win, the rebuilding project in Lexington will take another big step, as the Wildcats will go bowling.

Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.