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Four Takeaways from Kentucky’s 2020 All-SEC Football Schedule

The abbreviated, conference-only 2020 Kentucky football schedule is complete. For 30 minutes the SEC Network unveiled the schedule week-by-week, slowly allowing fans to consume who’s in their teams crosshairs. A look at the complete picture for UK.

We have plenty of time to break down every aspect of this schedule. For now, these four things stick out like a sore thumb.

1. Florida in November

Kentucky has not played Florida in November since 1991. Instead of freezing out the Gators in the cold, the SEC has forced the Wildcats to go to Gainesville in early September. The year the game is finally moved to November, of course, the game is at The Swamp.

2. No Mac Jones 

As Drew Franklin stated earlier, Kentucky wanted Bama early in the season for a variety of reasons, namely to get a shot at Mac Jones instead of Bryce Young, the No. 1 overall recruit from the 2020 class. By playing Alabama in November, it all but eliminates the opportunity to exact some revenge on the former UK quarterback commit.

Despite that, timing is actually on Kentucky’s side. The Wildcats get a bye, then play a dilapidated Vanderbilt team before they travel to Tuscaloosa, essentially giving the team two weeks off. On the other sideline, Alabama and LSU will duel before the Crimson Tide host UK. The following week is the Iron Bowl.

That’s right, Kentucky is sandwiched in-between LSU and Auburn on Alabama’s schedule. Never has there ever been a more perfect trap game.

3. Early Egg Bowl  

Kentucky will play the Mississippi schools in two of the first three weeks of the season. First-year head coaches Lane Kiffin and Mike Leach will still be working out the kinks in their offensive systems when they share the field with the Wildcats.

4. A Playoff to Atlanta 

A 10-game SEC-only schedule is going to be difficult no matter what. Before tonight’s announcement, the ultimate question was would the difficult games be spaced out enough to give the Wildcats enough time to physically recuperate. It’s hard to imagine a scenario that could have played out better for Kentucky.

Sure, winning at Auburn will not be easy. Even so, Kentucky could enter the bye week with a 5-1 record. After taking care of Vanderbilt, UK’s destiny is in their own hands with a three-game playoff to reach Atlanta. Is it crazy? Maybe, but crazier things have happened in 2020.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 Comments for Four Takeaways from Kentucky’s 2020 All-SEC Football Schedule

  1. mashburnfan1
    8:09 pm August 17, 2020 Permalink

    Never call a game a week off. Two season ago vs a very bad Vandy team we slept walked our way to a 14-7 win at home, only won because of who we played. Even most MAC teams would have beat us that day. I love the way the schedule played out but we still must go win those games we should win. Like I said earlier we need to be 6-0 vs UT, MSU, Ole Miss, Vandy, Mizzou and USC with 4 of them at home. Do that and we can have a great season. Even the 10 win season to me has an * because we lost a game we had no business losing, that has to stop to get where we want to be.

  2. michaelb
    8:23 pm August 17, 2020 Permalink

    6 wins is gonna be king of the hill almost

  3. michaelb
    8:45 pm August 17, 2020 Permalink

    Some teams’ season is already over … it’s not even an exaggeration. Some have little to no room for error .

  4. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    10:00 pm August 17, 2020 Permalink

    Leach and Kiffin both struggled against good defenses which the SEC is full of, the Pac 12 only had Washington, that’s why they won like they did. I’m not worried because it’s early in the year and we have a legit defense. Only time will tell if they are successful but they’ll have to recruit like kings in order to not trade 4th and 5th in the west every year where the top 3 teams are good enough to win a shootout but also have the defense to never let it come to that. At least their games against each other will pad their offensive stats enough to make them look better than they actually are.

  5. Lip Man 1
    11:10 pm August 17, 2020 Permalink

    5-5…at best.

  6. PensacolaCat
    7:58 am August 18, 2020 Permalink

    I think we can do better than 5-5 but until we start beating UT and UF when we out play them, I’ll always just assume we’ll lose those games. So…Alabama, Georgia, UT and UF are guaranteed losses in my book this year.