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How Kentucky and Louisville are Changing the Governor’s Cup after COVID-19 Cancellation

The coronavirus pandemic put the Governor’s Cup on hold in 2020. Previously scheduled to be played at Cardinal Stadium to end the season, the possibility of playing was taken off the table this summer when the SEC opted to go to a ten-game conference-only schedule.

Next year the Governor’s Cup will resume when Louisville hosts Kentucky at Cardinal Stadium to conclude the 2021 college football season. Information obtained by a Courier-Journal open records request also revealed that Vince Tyra and Mitch Barnhart agreed to terms to extend the series through 2030. A look at the future matchups:

Nov. 27, 2021 — Louisville
Nov. 26, 2022 — Lexington
Nov. 25, 2023 — Louisville
Nov. 30, 2024 — Lexington
Nov. 29, 2025 — Louisville
Nov. 28, 2026 — Lexington
Nov. 27, 2027 — Louisville
Nov. 25, 2028 — Lexington
Nov. 24, 2029 — Louisville
Nov. 30, 2030 — Lexington

It’s great news for Kentucky football season ticket holders. The way the schedule was previously set up, in odd years Kentucky hosted Louisville, Tennessee and Florida, giving season ticket holders little to be desired at home in the even years. The new contract with UofL will bring rivalry game balance to Kentucky’s home football schedule. It also means that the men’s basketball and football rivalries will not be hosted by the same team each year.


Article written by Nick Roush

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

7 Comments for How Kentucky and Louisville are Changing the Governor’s Cup after COVID-19 Cancellation

  1. RackEmWillie
    11:48 am October 23, 2020 Permalink

    I didn’t think about that changing the home/away rotation with the full schedule. I like this a lot more.

  2. LexWildcatFan15
    1:26 pm October 23, 2020 Permalink

    This gives UK two marquee home games each year: Tennessee and Florida on odd years and Georgia and Louisville on even years. Much more balanced for fans going to the games!

  3. ukkatzfan
    3:37 pm October 23, 2020 Permalink

    I think football, MBB and WBB games with U6 should be all on the same 4 day weekend. 2 on Sat(day night doubleheader) with Wbb on Sunday and to make it more fun….one team hosts all 3 each year.

    • ukkatzfan
      3:39 pm October 23, 2020 Permalink

      Sat/Sun would be my choice but over 4 days max

  4. OldSchool606
    5:17 pm October 23, 2020 Permalink

    I would prefer that they not even play U6. Why give U6 any credibility by playing U6 on any level? Plus Tennessee is a better rival. Nothing is better than pounding the teams in pumpkin puke orange. Plus as Matt likes to say; why punch down (by playing Louisville & getting wins routinely) when you can punch up or more at your level (by playing & beating Tennessee which needs to happen more often when in Knoxville).

    • Corder
      7:37 pm October 23, 2020 Permalink

      Why not play both like the schedule dictates? Plus like it or not uofl is still our biggest rival and there is not even a close second.

  5. joesh56
    2:08 am October 24, 2020 Permalink

    The schedule was fine the way it was, but an odd year schedule of Vandy/MSU/SC/UGA(what was supposed to be 2020) vs. the supposed to be 2021 schedule of LSU/Florida/Tennessee/Mizzou/Louisville was not balanced at all. Moving Louisville to the even years for home games balances out the home schedule, especially since our 2021/23/25 home games are Missouri, Tennessee, Florida, & LSU(21)/Bama(23)/Texas A&M(25). Before this scheduling move, our home games on odd years were awesome, while our home games on even years were just ok. Most people don’t care about this, but I’m curious if they’re gonna still take the full Wildcat Marching Band to both Vanderbilt and Louisville on odd years, or if they’re gonna start taking a pep band to Vanderbilt and take the full band to Tennessee starting in 2022. They haven’t taken the full band to Tennessee since 1996 and the full Wildcat marching band has gone to Vandy since as long as I can recall(well before the 90’s.)