Chick-fil-A Bowl to scout Cats in Knoxville

ATLANTA (November 26, 2008) – Chick-fil-A Bowl representative Kurt Patberg will visit Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday to scout the Tennessee-Kentucky game.

The ACC and SEC team selections for the 41st edition of the Bowl are scheduled to be announced Dec. 7. The Chick-fil-A Bowl, which is held in the Georgia Dome on Dec. 31, is the oldest guaranteed ACC vs. SEC match-up in the bowl business.

Kentucky (6-5, 2-5 SEC) will be looking to finish the season on a high note having already clinching a third consecutive bowl trip. The Wildcats have made two trips to the Chick-fil-A Bowl, playing most recently in the 1993 game against Clemson.

Tennessee leads the all-time series between the two teams 71-23-9, though three of the last four games have been decided by six points or less, including UT’s 52-50 four-overtime victory last season in Lexington. Saturday’s game will kick off at 6:30 p.m., and will be televised on ESPN2.

Patberg will be available for interviews before the game and in the press box during the game. To arrange an interview, please contact Dan Tomayko, (404) 586-8546 or e-mail

The Chick-fil-A Bowl is the ninth-oldest bowl game in the country and hosts the longest-running rivalry series between the ACC and SEC. In the last 16 years, the ACC and SEC are tied at 8-8 with only one point separating the two conferences in total points (SEC: 323, ACC: 322). Ten of the last 16 games have been decided by a touchdown or less. The Chick-fil-A Bowl has disbursed more than $84 million in its 40-year history, ranking it 8th among all bowl games in cumulative payout. The Bowl also leads all other bowl games in charitable contributions, giving more than $1 million to organizations in need in 2007 alone.

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