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While Kentucky has been struggling to gain national attention this season, the Wildcats will get plenty of exposure this weekend when top-ranked Florida visits Rupp Arena.

The Gators, led by former Kentucky assistant coach Billy Donovan and Wildcats will be part of College Gameday, produced by ESPN.

The Gameday set will be in the lobby off High Street for reports on Friday night. For the 11 a.m.-noon show Saturday morning, the set will move to midcourt inside Rupp Arena.

The doors open at 9:30 a.m. for fans wishing to attend the Saturday morning show. Students are to come through the regular Rupp Arena student entrance, while the general public should enter through the High Street lobby.

Fans pack SEC stadiums

The Southeastern Conference ranked No. 1 in the nation in total football attendance last season, the ninth year in a row the league has been tops in attendance on the gridiron.

A total of 6,586,408 followers filled stadiums throughout the conference. The SEC was followed nationally by the Big 10, Big 12, Pac-10 and Atlantic Coast conferences.

Tennessee was third in the nation behind MIchigan and Penn State and led all SEC schools in attendance with 740,521 fans visiting Neyland Stadium last year.

On a side note, all Division I football schools are now known as the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), while schools in the Division I-AA ranks are now classified as members of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

While schools in the FBS play a 12th game every season, presidents in the FCS voted against adding a 12th game to the schedule recently.

Cats music to Nashville's ears

Nashville reaped the benefits mainly from Kentucky's appearance in the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl in December.

The bowl announced on Thursday that it had generated a record $20.7 million, the most on record. The previous high was $18.2 million generated when Alabama played Minnesota in 2004.

"We are certainly pleased with all of the results from this year's sold out Bowl," bowl chairman Dale Polley said in a statement. "In particular, the 51,000 out-of-town visitors that descended on Nashville between Christmas and New Years made a tremendous impact on our local economy, and the bottom line of area hotels, restaurants, and attractions. It's a terrific inaugural year for our new SEC-ACC matchup." A bowl record 380 media were credentialed to cover the event.


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