MEMPHIS -- When Kentucky played in the Music City Bowl the previous two seasons, UK fans came to Nashville in record numbers and were credited with helping inspire the Cats to wins over Clemson and Florida State.
But projections for Friday's game here against East Carolina in the Liberty Bowl are calling for no more than 15,000 UK fans.
What impact will that smaller crowd have on the Wildcats?
"This program has come a long way. We have learned how to play with or without people. There will be times you will go into environments where the whole crowd is not cheering for Kentucky," said offensive coordinator Joker Phillips Wednesday. "The thing we have done is we have won on the road. If our crowd is not there, it will be like a road game and we still have to come out with the victory. We played at Mississippi State and won this year. We went to Louisville and won. This will be another road game if the crowd is smaller."