Like South Carolina, Clemson's bowl opponent has a rich basketball tradition - and not much of one in football.
A look at what Clemson can expect when meeting 7-5 Kentucky on Dec. 27 in the Music City Bowl:
1. These aren't the pass-happy, Tim Couch-led Wildcats
When Clemson returns to practice after exams this week, the Tigers will have 10 practices to repair their run defense.
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Sure, the Georgia Tech triple-option scheme that troubled the Tigers is difficult to prepare for, but Clemson also struggled to stop the run against South Carolina. The Gamecocks, who are last in the SEC in rushing, racked up 223 yards.
Kentucky finished fifth in the SEC in rushing (193 yards per game) and averaged 4.6 yards per carry.
Quarterback/running back/receiver Randall Cobb is a versatile threat, leading the team with an average of 6.4 yards per carry. He was second to Alabama's Mark Ingram in the SEC with 18 touchdowns.
To improve the rush defense, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said there could be personnel changes.
He said problems stopping the run were not the fault of scheme or the defensive line - meaning the linebackers and corners might need to have strong practices to keep their jobs.
2. Quarterback controversy?
Junior Kentucky quarterback Mike Hartline started the first five games before being sidelined by a knee injury, which limited the passing attack.
Hartline has been working out again and might begin individual drills during bowl practices. Coach Rich Brooks has not ruled him out for the game.
But Hartline was 2-3 as a starter, and Kentucky went 5-2 after freshman Morgan Newton took over.
3. The Kentucky defense rests ... sometimes
The Wildcats' defense ranks 10th in the SEC, allowing 362 yards per game. However, the unit is not devoid of talent.
Corey Peters was a first-team All-SEC selection at tackle, and he will match up against a Clemson interior offensive line featuring little depth after Mason Cloy's season-ending injury and David Smith's move to tackle.
Peters has 11 tackles for loss and four sacks.
Linebacker Micah Johnson was a second-team all-conference selection, and cornerback Trevard Lindley also earned second-team honors despite missing four games.
4. Record-setting Wildcats
This might be one of Brooks' better coaching jobs, in what some speculate might be his final season.
- Kentucky has won at least seven games in four consecutive seasons, the first time that has happened since 1909-12.
- The Wildcats are on an 18-game winning streak in nonconference games, the nation's second-longest.
- Kentucky defeated Auburn for the first time since 1966 and won at Georgia for the first time since 1977.
- The Music City Bowl appearance will mark a school-best fourth consecutive bowl appearance.
5. Morale matters
The last time Clemson met Kentucky was in the 2006 Music City Bowl. The Tigers lost, and, like last time, they are coming off a loss this season. In 2006, Clemson had lost to USC in its previous game. This year, the Tigers are on a two-game losing streak, with some questioning the morale of the team. Kentucky had won three in a row before losing to Tennessee in overtime to finish the regular season.
- The (Charleston) Post and Courier